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Halfway there

Saturday, 24th January, 2015

Ron Hill’s latest project involved only doing up half a saddle. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Ron Hill’s latest project involved only doing up half a saddle. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

When Ron Hill starts a project he usually doesn’t do things by halves - that is until his most recent project.

The Outback Whips and Leather owner has just completed a job that any paying customer would find completely unacceptable.

“In the last couple of weeks I have been working on a unique project to rebuild half of a 1947 stock saddle,” Mr Hill said.

He said he had been thinking about the project for the past few years as a way of showing people what he could achieve with an old saddle.

“It can be hard to explain rebuilding saddles.

“Sometimes people can’t see the finished product or they can’t see how I’ve rebuilt it.

“The plan was to have something we could market off.”

The business has been posting the progress of the project on Facebook and had an overwhelming response with over 4,700 views.

Mr Hill said saddles are often rebuilt because people like the make and can’t get it any more. But it is often the same price to rebuild it as it is to buy a new one.

“Some people just want to preserve the style of their saddle,” Mr Hill said.

He said he knew the saddle was from around 1947 because they found a rolled up Daily Telegraph in it from that year.

Mr Hill said some people had found his decision to rebuild half a saddle unusual.

“I tell them, it’s because the customer could only pay half the money.”

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