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Harness Making: A Step-by-step Guide [Hardcover]

Robert H. Steinke

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30 Jan 2004
"Harness Making" provides a thorough grounding in the art of harness making and details the various types of driving harness, its design and manufacture. The easy-to-follow step-by-step style of the text is complemented by over 200 photographs plus line drawings and lists of sizes. Although aimed at those intending to make harness, it will also be of interest to owner-drivers wishing to learn more about this traditional and fascinating craft. The book covers: history of driving harness; tools, leather and fittings; handstitching techniques; vehicle leatherwork; driving accoutrements and clothing; measurements; and, glossary of terms and bibliography. This book is part of a series which began with "Repair Your Own Saddlery and Harness" and continued with "Bridlework". It is an essential reference work for both the student and experienced harness maker.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: J.A.Allen & Co Ltd (30 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851317480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851317489
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 22.7 x 1.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 779,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Steinke served his apprenticeship at Keith Luxford, the Queen's saddler and harness maker and attended Cordwainer's College, London, to further his studies and pass his City and Guilds exams. He set up his own business in 1970 specializing in custom-made driving harness and fine bridlework which he has exported worldwide. In the late 1980s he broke his trusty 18-year-old cob, Duke, to drive thus gaining valuable first-hand experience with harness and as a whip that contributed greatly to the writing of this book. The author is also the book's photographer and illustrator. Robert Steinke lives in Southern Ireland and divides his time between giving demonstration workshops, lectures and art. Examples of his work, details of his exhibitions, and his horses, can be seen on his website www.robsteinke.com Other books by the author are Care & Repair of Rugs, Care & Repair of Saddlery and Care & Repair of Harness.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for the intermediate leather worker 31 Mar 2006
By James Dingman - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book to be an excellent reference book. Definitely not for the beginner! If you are looking for a book to walk you through every step of the process of making a basic harness, and hold your hand while doing it, then purchase MAKING HARNESS by Lewis Martin.& Daniel Preston

In this book the Author definitely expects you to know your way around a harness and have basic knowledge of leather working, and preferably harness making. However that said it does contain a lot of good tips for the more advanced leatherworker. It was interesting to see some of the different tools, such as pricking irons and lead rings, that are used in England that are not common in this country.

The book begins with an excellent section on the history of harness and its uses. The section on harness styles and uses is week to say the least. I was hoping for more description of the different harness and details of that harness such as what makes a Gig Harness different from a Wagon harness.

The section on making a complete harness, is incomplete! Again, the Author expects you to know how to make such mundane things such as traces, backstraps and tugs. Lots of tips on details, but very few patters or dimensions are offered. Excellent pictures of different parts of the harness but week descriptions of how to achieve said end product.

As a more experienced, but long way from being a master, Harness maker I was hopping for even more advanced techniques and descriptions on how to do the "tricky stuff" such as true rounds, hidden stitching, or inlay/overlay work, none of which are covered.

Overall a good book and I am glad that I purchased it as it is a good reference source. Just too bad it is not twice as thick!
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1.0 out of 5 stars harness making a step by step guide 12 Dec 2008
By David J. Biewer - Published on Amazon.com
not a very step by step guide. hard to follow , if you are a first time user , it doesn't show that step by step guideline
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You can do better. 29 Jan 2006
By J. George - Published on Amazon.com
This book is definitely NOT for the beginner. In fact, if you can understand where this guy is coming from then you don't need the book. One can learn more about harness from a Weaver catalogue.
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