I am honored to have been asked by Anna Kirby of Dreamflite Design to test out her upcoming English Saddle tutorial. It’s a revised version of the one I’ve previously raved about, with lots of super cool techniques and tips. I haven’t had a lot of free time on my hands but I did manage to at least get started on the saddle which means skiving, skiving, and more skiving!
I didn’t have a gel pen but discovered that a white charcoal pencil works pretty well for tracing patterns onto leather. I recommend acquiring one or the other for your tack tool box (both are inexpensive and available at art supply stores.)
Although cutting on glass does make for more precise cuts, it also means potentially breaking said glass during moments of clumsiness.
I do NOT recommend cutting your thumb open on the now broken piece of glass. Always cover the edges in masking or duct tape immediately. Or resign yourself to adding Band-aids to your tack making supplies.