Twelve years have passed since
The Art of Braiding, Bosal I was written, therefore I
felt it was time to revisit and revise those pages. The primary
contributing factor was the need to update and clarify the bosal
braiding information. Another motivating influence was our editing
and technological skills improved thus enabling us to broaden
the dimension of the text framework. We trust you enjoy Art
of Braiding Bosal 1, Revised, and that the additional information
will make braiding the bosal an even more rewarding experience.
The expanded version, The
Art of Braiding, Bosal I, Revised, continues to provide detailed
comprehensive information and complete instruction for braiding
a basic working bosal. Great effort and care have been given
to make this difficult project as simple as possible. In addition,
there is an in-depth discussion regarding various ways to build
the inner core. Throughout, the illustrations are detailed, moreover
there are many key suggestions and hints that should not be overlooked.
Instructions are for a 12 plait,
5/8 diameter average length bosal made of latigo and a
12 plait, 1/2 diameter average length bosal made of kangaroo.
This book is included as a reference in our latigo and kangaroo
bosal braiding kits. In both bosal kits, latigo and kangaroo,
the strings are precut. If you choose to cut your own strings,
the information needed can be found on these pages. Instruction
also includes suggestions and hints for adjusting for other sizes.
Experienced braiders can take from this book what is helpful
to them. Methods previously learned that work well should not
be changed, especially if the results are the same. If you braid
12 plait under two, over two and under two, there certainly is
no advantage in learning to braid it over two, under two and
over two, as instructed in this book. With experience comes change
and, as braiders gain skills, they begin to make changes that
best suit their preferences, for instance, the shape of a nose
button or heel knot.
For beginners, I have tried to
make the instructions clear and easy to follow, but I first suggest
learning basic braiding as found in The Art of Braiding, The
Basics-Third Revised Edition. For bosal workshops, I require
students to be able to braid a 6-bight Turk's head with a herringbone
inner weave as well as easily braid 12 plait. It takes time to
develop skills to efficiently braid with speed while achieving
the attractive look required for a finished bosal. With perseverance
you will develop those proficient braiding skills.
The Art of Braiding, Bosal
I, Revised often refers
to The Art of Braiding, The Basics-Third Revised Edition.
It is especially valuable for basic braiding instruction and
use of the braiding tools. There is an in-depth section on the
use of the two most important tools, the cutter/beveler and the
splitter, which should be referred to prior to preparing the
bosal strings for braiding .
Once strings have been sized,
the process is the same for all braiding materials including
latigo, kangaroo and rawhide. Beginning braiders will find kangaroo
strings can withstand the rigors of being removed and re-braided
several times. Latigo and kangaroo do not require much moisture
when braided. This gives the new braider as much time as needed
to learn. Rawhide, on the other hand, needs to be braided damp.
If the braider needs to back a string out, which is always the
case when learning the heel knot, rawhide cannot take that much
abuse, especially if it gets too wet. Braided rawhide items look
best if the braider is proficiently skilled and can expeditiously
follow through to the finish without error. Once the skills are
competently developed, then braiding rawhide and battling moisture
content will not be so conflicting. Rawhide is beautiful when
braided, but for those new to braiding, it can be discouraging.
Several valuable resources can
be found in the back of this book. A comprehensive braiding INDEX
covering all the skills found in all the books in the series
should be helpful as you acquire braiding proficiency. Also,
the Materials, Tools & Supplies List can be a useful resource,
when locating quality materials. A Glossary has been added to
define notable terminology.
Although my work has become collectible,
I still require it to be attractive, functional and to correctly
fit a horse. My wish is that you will learn to braid a bosal
with the care and precision that will produce a beautiful piece
of tack worthy of display.