- About us...
The bicycle saddle making process... The leather is hand chosen from a wide selection of premium leather. The leather is cut to shape (with the grain). The shape is then hand tooled to whatever artistic design is desired, this can take hours or days. It is then formed on a specially made seat mold and set to dry slowly over night. The dried and formed saddle is then edge sanded, stained or dyed, hand burnished and conditioned. The conditioner is a special formula of leather conditioner, oils, and locally harvested bee's wax from a Berkeley bee farmer (available in our shop). The leather saddle is then attached to the metal frame. In nearly every case a vintage refurbished Brooks saddle, that has had its original leather decomposed, ripped or torn due to lack of upkeep. The metal frame is polished and tested for structural integrity. The leather is attached with either a stainless hex bolt or hand hammered copper rivets. Our saddles are comfy from the get-go and get even more so as time goes on. We believe our construction, design, tooling and craftsmanship to be as good or superior to any hand crafted professionally built leather saddle on the market today.
Each product is handmade and one of a kind)))
Obsidian Monarch takes pride in producing an artistic American made product with eco-friendly operating practices. We donate all our leather scraps to the arts department of Urban Ore in Berkeley, Ca.
*Photography by Flight Feather Photography and Rachyel Magana.
**Videography by Curtis Tamm.
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