Rawhide Preservation & Restoration

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Harve Curry
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Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:28 am

Reading the topic about leather got me thinking about rawhide. Since all McClellan saddles are rawhide covered trees, and the 1859 saddle is mostly exposed rawhide. Were there treatments back in the 19th century? What to do nowadays to old and new rawhide including any special attention to the lacing areas. Thanks in advance.

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Bill Weddle
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Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:37 am

Todays new saddletrees come "varnished". I'm not sure if it's actually varnish, but they are definately sealed with a varnish like substance.

John Fitzgerald
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Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:46 am

Here's a good old thread regarding rawhide seats...

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Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:57 am

Bill:

The same precautions apply to rawhide,and the same treatments will help or hurt as with leather.

Joe
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