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"Some months ago I saw braided horse tack and thought, wow! why don’t you try to make your own horse tack? So I bought Gail’s books, some roo leather and gave this idea a chance. Braiding became a real passion and joy, never regretted this decision.

With Gail’s wonderful books, her motivation and her encouragement a novice braider like me, who didn’t know what a Turk‘s Head is four month ago, braids his own reins now with all the buttons and interweaves, that’s just amazing! All it took was passion, a perception of what to achieve and the help and encouragement of a pro. Thank you so much, Gail!!!“

Jaroslav Jakes


We have revised "The Art of Braiding, The Basics, Revised Edition", written in 2002 over thirteen years ago. The updated version is entitled, "The Art of Braiding, The Basics, Second Revised Edition".

I have considered this upgrade for some time. The new text has been influenced by my students. Their questions and diverse ideas have been thought-provoking broadening my awareness of what information would support their understanding of braiding. Another influence has been the Small Projects book. As it begins to take shape with all the new projects, there is clearly a need for additional skills.

The new "The Art of Braiding, The Basics, Second Revised Edition" includes the same information as the previous edition-nothing has been removed. However, the information is upgraded with more detail and new skills added. The illustrations are improved and there are more photos. The project section remains the same. We are in the final editing phase now.

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Some of the new instruction in "The Art of Braiding, The Basics, Second Revised Edition":
Very detailed plans for a string cutter/beveler.
Several lacing instructions, including lacing saddle skirts together.

  The photos below includes a few of the projects that will be in the new book "The Art of Braiding, Small Projects"


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 General rule for plaiting string length and string width.

  Six Bight Turk's Head
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Rawhide braiding & leather braiding

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see the main braiding book page.


Braiding News: Introducing a New Mailing list

To better serve your braiding needs, we invite you to join our leather braider email mailing list. Periodically, we plan to send Braiding News that we trust will be of value. Included will be any new material or tool sources, new available books and information that might be of interest to braiders. If you would like to be included on our list, please send your email address to hought@humboldt1.com. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your interest.

Gail and Eric


The Art of Braiding plastic spiral binding has recently been upgraded to a stronger yet attractive black wire binding, one that is not only resistant to heat and the wear and tear of rigorous use, but it still allows the book to lay flat open as the braider works through the instructional pages. We trust you will be please with this new binding. 


"The Art of Braiding
The Basics - Second Revised Ed."

The necessary basic techniques for rawhide braiding & leather braiding, published in 2016.

  "The Art of Braiding, Bosal I - Revised"

Complete instruction for braiding a bosal.



 "The Art of Braiding, Bosal II"

Instruction for adding color to a fancy bosal with fully braided headstall.


"The Art of Braiding, Romal I" 

Most detailed in series. Working and braiding with rawhide. Braiding & expanding long buttons. 8 New “Skill Builder” projects.

 The Art of Braiding, Romal Reins II

Figures braiding Santa Ynez romal reins. It is the most advanced of the braiding books with emphasis on learning the pattern of larger buttons. It also includes Elko style headstalls,.slit braiding and chapter about Ernie Ladouceur and curing rawhide.

 Encyclopedia of Rawhide and Leather Braiding by Bruce Grant, (1972)

Braiding Instruction:
Instruction on braiding rawhide & braiding leather.

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 "Braiding a Key Fob"

 "Tying the Mecate"
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