Saddletrees and Stirrups
The stirrups are an ancient invention allowing a rider to stay better on a horseback. That's doubly true if the rider does not use the horse only as a means of transport but as a partner in some joint activity requiring quick and accurate manoeuvring. The western stirrups support and protect rider's legs; they have to be comfortable for long-distance riding or to allow quick mount or dismount from a horse when working with cattle.
A western saddletree is made mostly of wood sewn into rawhide or as a more modern version – covered with fibreglass. Its role lays in distribution of the weight of a rider and their gear as most effectively as possible. The western saddle is not used only to ride, but also to work with lasso and cattle. Therefore, the tree must be durable properly in order to be able to perform traditional cowboy work in a saddle sewn on it.
Who I am?
My name is Tomáš Venc and I am a trained joiner and I have been working with wood all my life. I made furniture, worked in a design office and also built musical instruments. In about 2007, I started to make my first stirrups and saddletrees. Of course, this production is a little bit different than the production of furniture or musical instruments. However, it is still about working with my favourite material – wood. Now, I draw on my experience and knowledge of my previous practice and listen to my customers – saddlers and riders.
My aim is to improve myself continually, use new technologies and not forget the original procedures and structures. My main goal is to have an individual approach to customer’s requirements and maximum reachable quality at an optimum price.