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Tapaderos and Such.

Discussion in 'Sheaths & Such' started by Horsewright, Mar 2, 2018.

  1. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    A tapadero is a stirrup covering on a saddle. There are several different types and even the word is sometimes spelled differently, tapadera. Often times ya just hear em called taps. There are eagle beak taps, monkey nose taps and bulldog taps. Eagle beak taps tend to be associated with the California style of horsemanship/cowboying and bulldogs tend to be more associated with Texas/Arizona style of horsemanship/cowboying. Monkey nose taps are kinda tweeners and not seen too often, at least around here.

    Taps do serve some practical purpose. They can protect your feet and those very expensive boots from rocks and brush and I'll tell ya what ya got a cold wind blowing they sure help to keep your feet warm.

    Here's a fancy pair of Eaglebeak taps on one of Nichole's saddles when everything was new.

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    And a pair of mine.

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    In use.

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    Here's a pic of a bulldog tap.

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    So recently my son took a cowboy job on the Diamond A in Arizona. Just before he left he traded off his eagle beak taps to a friend of mine for some pretty fancy Santa Yanez reins. My son had always kind of been a buckaroo working in the Oregon desert country but now he was gonna be a cow puncher.

    So it was his birthday and we were trying to figure out what to get him or we're kinda in a unique a position of making him since we make cowboy stuff. Problem is he's been a cowboy since out of high school (he's 26 now), so he's pretty much got everything we make already. I came across Bob Klenda's Saddlery site and saw he offered patterns for Taps. I ended up ordering a set of patterns for extra large boots (he wear's a size 12 like I do) for some bulldog taps. This a project I'd never done before.

    Got the patterns and noted right away was gonna have to order some heavier saddle leather as Bob recommends 13-15 oz saddle leather for this project. So I ordered up a side and got some stirrups too. This was a fun project and was tough at first. I did one at a time to get the hang of it and once I got it figured out the second one was very easy and fast. Here's what we come up with. Roughout 13/15 oz leather, cut from the butt of the side, 4 oz latigo lace and 8 oz lace for the blood knots. Lacing together the taps was a two man job.

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    Takes a pretty big box to ship these to AZ. So throwing in this martingale we made for our daughter in law too. Roughout 8/10oz saddle leather stitched in pink with the straps being water buffalo:

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    Whadya think? Something different.
     
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  2. bflying

    bflying Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2014
    Love seeing your work. Always impressive.
     
  3. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Great pictures, Dave, of beautiful work!
    I've done leatherwork, but city stuff, for a living some 40-45 years ago. I think I can appreciate what goes into those great useful pieces you show.
    The function of taps is easy to understand, and the large "flaps" that hang down from the Eaglebeaks are quite beautiful; I am curious if they have a function that isn't obvious!?
    Thanks for the posting!
     
  4. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Thanks guys! Yes they do. @waynorth. You will often seen the flaps on the eagle taps flapped in the face of a cow thats not sorting well and trying to run through ya.
     
  5. darkmatter35

    darkmatter35

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    Aug 21, 2011
    Nice work Dave, those bull dog taps look like it would offer good protection from pinches or squeezes also. you always balance form and function just right.
    Take care, John
     
  6. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Thanks John @darkmatter35 . Yep they probably do. They are certainly lighter too than my eagle beaks.
     
  7. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Thanks for the explanation, Dave.
     
  8. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
  9. ANovinc

    ANovinc Basic Member Basic Member

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    Sep 21, 2016
    Neat stuff. I really like the look of the Eaglebeaks--the way they hang down.
     
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  10. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Yep they are pretty cool and a lot of canvas if a guy wants to get to rolling with some tooling. A pair of eagle beaks pretty much uses up a whole side.
     
  11. bill2000

    bill2000

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    Nov 25, 2004
    Your photography and leather work just blow me away Dave. I look forward to jumping in as soon as I see your threads. Are you the man behind the camera? What are you using for equipment?
     
  12. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Thanks @bill2000. Yep I took most of them except the ones I'm in of course. Some of the low angle taps pics Nichole took, I don't get down on my hands and knees too well anymore. We use a Canon DSLR, an EOS Rebel SL 1. Our primary lens is a Canon 18-55mm zoom with image stabilizer. Many of our ranch pics are done with a Canon 70-300mm zoom, the shorter lens handles most of the product work.
     
  13. Dusty One

    Dusty One Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    Always the best.....Thanks for showing !
     
  14. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Ya bet! @Dusty One
     

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