The Art of Braiding, Romal Reins ll is the second more advanced book in the romal
braiding series. As in The Art
of Braiding, Romal Reins 1, information and skills are taught
in a clear and comprehensive manner with numerous detailed illustrations.
Instruction is specific to the refined fancy Santa Ynez reins,
a variation of the traditional romal reins. These plaited reins
and accompanying buttons are made from kangaroo leather and kangaroo
The rein pattern contains familiar buttons
as well as a several new more intricate buttons. Groundwork information,
button types and their uses are thoroughly discussed. Every effort
has been made to make it easier for the braider to learn these
buttons, their patterns and what makes them have an elegant look.
A String Chart, containing all necessary
string lengths for each button along with the number of buttons
required. This chart gives a braider some perspective when deciding
to braid a larger project. These types of projects take much
more string length then one would suspect.
When I refer to knots, buttons or skills
that have been covered in other books, usually The
Art of Braiding, Romal Reins l, the information will be cited
by text page number or as a footnote. If the button is
new to this book, the page number(s) where the information can
be found will be given.
As with our other books, it is important
to read the beginning of each chapter, any accompanying emphasized
text and Notes and Hints. How to instructions are
designed to reinforce the photo illustrations. To support understanding,
a Key to Illustrations has been added to identify relevant information
displayed on each photo, such as arrows and dotted lines. Occasionally
other pertinent details will also be added.
Projects other than the reins included
the Elko headstall and a curb strap.
The final chapter is dedicated to the exceptional
leather and rawhide braider Ernie Ladouceur, who I had the honor
of meeting in the fall of 1978. Although Ernie was in frail health,
he enjoyed discussing braiding and generously took time to share
his skills and knowledge with me. To preserve his expertise,
I have included photographs I took of some of his original work
and my notes taken during our conversations. There is also a
scan of the hand drawn diagram Ernie made for me of his method
for Curing and Preparing Rawhide.
The index has been revised to reflect information
in this book, and a Glossary has been added to define notable
We trust we have included enough detailed
information to support your learning and that you will be successful
braiding this attractive set of Santa Ynez reins.