Kid sized western stock
Saddle and Tree Maker
Australian Stock Tree
This is a knee pad that I use on the Australian Stock Saddles. It is made from a variety of timbers, laminated together, shaped and then covered with rawhide.
Like all trees, there are many variations within a given style. The front shown here is just one of many.
Over the years I have used a variety of timbers, but the one that I have settled on is Hoop Pine. It is a native timber to Australia, found in the north eastern and the south eastern parts of NSW and QLD. I use this timber for the Bars and Cantle.
The fork is made from a variety of timbers, CD ply, Form ply and Hoop Pine laminated together to form the stock thickness required for each style of tree. This method has proven to be incredibly strong and durable.
Below are some examples, (both rawhide covered and uncovered) of the many different styles of trees that I make.