Corlough, Co. Cavan,
Rep. of Ireland
Dedicated exclusively to the ancient craft of the Master Saddler & Harness Maker
WELCOME to the web site of the Museum of the Master Saddler.
Our family run private museum houses our collection of saddlery & harness built up over many years & attempts to illustrate the skill of the Master Saddler & Harness Maker. Exhibits include Egyptian bridles decorated with shells & beads, farm harness dating from the late 1800's and basket, camel, military, racing & side saddles. For each of these the saddler had to adapt his skill depending on what was required of him.
REGARDING MUSEUM VISITS. Please note that as this is a privatly run museum beside our home & stables, visitors are asked to always phone on 086 3946467 or email before comeing to arrange an appointment. Thank you.
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Rather then publish a Newsletter detailing the activities of the Museum, all projects & events will now be covered on the Museum's Facebook page. This will allow a more upto date focus on the Museum
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Last updated 2 April 2015
Spares Cases & Number Holders
Examples of Spares Cases & matching Number Holders that I have made in a variety of coloured leathers & fittings.
Side Saddle Renovation
I am now in the process of renovating the Museum's Champion & Wilton side saddle. Once finished it will be available to members of our riding club, Drumcoura, for special lessons. The work involved will include relinning, new girth straps, balance girth, stirrup leather girth. Follow on Facebook the work carried out by myself on a neglected side saddle, below the before & after pics.
This Museum is unique, being the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to the ancient craft of the Saddler and Harness Maker.
Its curator, Robert H. Steinke, served his apprenticeship with Keith Luxford, saddlers to H.M The Queen and at Cordwainers Leather College, London. He is also the author and illustrator of six books on Saddlery and Harness Making.
Both Rob and Moira are horse owners and competitors for many years covering showing, jumping, dressage, hunting, endurance and carriage driving. This experience enables them to bring the museum's exhibits to life when conducting a tour.
Rob driving Mr. Tibbs to the Museum's 1896 Beaufort Cart, Mohill Show 2011
The Museum documents the various demands placed upon the saddler over the years from farming, sports, military and transport and shows how the saddler has had to adapt to the horses changing role in society.
Tours of the museum are tailored to suit those visiting be they individuals and families or groups. Group tours are especially suited to schools, pony and riding clubs, heritage societies and active age groups. Special needs groups are particularly welcome with touch tours for the visually impaired.
Crafts Council of Ireland
Carriage Association of America
To avoid disappointment, please pre book your tour by phone or email.
"Farm Harness Decoration"
by Robert H Steinke, curator of Museum of The Master Saddler.
In an ever-mechanised society, this book seeks to tell the story of the decorations used on the harnesses of the workhorses, once so plentiful in the countryside.
Through numerous photographs and illustrations this book tells the story of how the saddler and harness maker used specially cast metal fittings, coloured leather and intricate designs to decorate a set of harness.
A book for the enthusiasts of the traditional way of farming and of the heavy horses that are still prevalent today. It also gives an insight into the ancient rural craft of the master saddler and harness maker.
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Welsh Cob D Stallion Tack
May Intro to driving,Ballinrobe Racecourse, Co. Mayo
July Cowboys & Heroes, Drumcoura City, Co. Leitrim
July Hay Making Day, Longford
Aug Moynalty Threshing Day. Demo with ponies and harness making.
Oct Mohill Horse Fair. Harness making demo.
Other dates to be announced
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Tibbsy winning class at Mohill Show 2011
Handmade in-hand show bridle for Clydesdales & Shires. Made at the Museum & on display .
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