[CR] Leather saddle soaking

Example: Framebuilding:Norris Lockley

From: nelson miller <nelsmiller@msn.com>
To: classic rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Thu, 28 May 2009 12:11:40 -0700
Subject: [CR] Leather saddle soaking

Group -- The process of soaking the saddles has been beaten to death at this point... I have been doing it for years with very good results... I corresponded with Tony C. a year or two back and he concurred with the soaking routine, and also expressed his disdain for using products like neatsfoot oil. I have used Lexol leather conditioner with a degree of success... I'd like to get a container of it to Tony, but the homeland security folks remove it from my bags...

Someone mentioned using a strap to hold in the flaps while the saddle dries... I have found that this will leave an indentation in the flap where the strap pulls it in.... I wrap the saddle in an old tee-shirt to give a more uniform pressure over a greater portion of the flap.... it takes longer to dry out, but maintains a nice consistant curve on the bottom of the flap..

ciao -- Nelson Miller // Seattle, WA // USA