Vaquero Saddle Series

CALDWELL VAQUERO SADDLE SERIES

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Contact Bob Ray www.parowanleatherworks.com

 Made by Bob Ray, who has been a saddle maker and personal friend for over 30 years. We have owned many of his saddles, and they are one the highest quality made saddles around. They will vary from very plain to one that has alot of tooling. They are all built according to Richard's specifications.

High Desert Saddle Trees

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Hand built saddle trees set Bob Ray apart from the vast majority of saddle makers today.

Only a very small percentage of traditional craftsmen make their own trees. Bob chose to learn the art of hand built trees in order to provide a complete package for his clients while ensuring quality of materials.

The trees used for the Caldwell Series are made from mid-western yellow popular. This wood is the finest around with no knots in the wood, extremely strong, and lighter then other similar trees. Laminated forks and cantles further strengthen the over-all tree as well as the mortise type joints that fit tops to the bars. There is no need for wood putty as "filler" in these trees. Bob uses the best Bull-hides on the market as covering for the wood, and the cantles and bars are reinforced with fiberglass for extra strength for roping and ranch work.

There are certain specifications in a saddle that Richard found over the years that work for him and that he prefers in a saddle. All of these saddles are made according to those specifications.

VAQUERO SERIES SADDLES

This Vaquero Series Saddle #011

is one of the basic models. It is built on the same tree as all of Bob's saddles, but it is different in that it does not have a lot of carving, and you can add your own silver. Double Rigging Flat Plate Rigging Carlos Border Loop Seat 4 1/2 Monel covered Bell stirrups which are wedged & cleated.

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Vaquero Series Saddle #012

This saddle in the Vaquero series features half-breed seat with an inlaid seat made of sharkskin. It also has the flower carving that Bob is known for! Along with those features it has: Double rigging Flat plate rigging Carlos Border 4 1/2 Monel covered bell stirrups which are edged with cleats. Braided hobble ring.

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This Vaquero Series Saddle #013

This is another MASTER Saddle in the Vaquero Series, and again, is one of the most ornate and deep flower fully carved saddle you will find. It is built on the same tree as all of Bob's saddles. This Master Series saddle single rigging for those who prefer that over the double as in the #014 saddle, and is still topped off with custom silver made by the great silver engraver ERNIE MARSH.

It also boasts finely engraved tapaderos that are 26" and are themselves embellished with more silver. The stirrups are wedged and cleated. This saddle also consists of Flat plate rigging with a loop seat and a braided hobble ring. This was the saddle that was on display at the trappings show in 2009 and is now offered for sale. It is also truly a work of art!!

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