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Bohlin silver indean head Bohlin silver indian head
Bohlin tack restoration
 


 

 

 

Some people enjoy their work, but few are fortunate enough to have a career doing something they love. John Carney is one of the fortunate ones. Restoring Bohlin saddles and other items is his passion. Below are examples of his Bohlin work, with before and after pictures of a few. Click on an image to see its enlargement. Be sure to disable your pop-up blocker. This page will be updated often.
   
Restored Bohlin Saddle
Bohlin Saddle Restored
Latest Restoration From Scratch 2007
   
Completely restored Bohlin saddle owned by Robert Essers.
(above & right) A completely recovered Bohlin, converted seat to a full 16 and changed tree bars over to fit modern quarterhorses, while holding to original Bohlin Legget style saddle. The saddle is owned by Robert Esser of Long Beach , CA.
Bohlin Masterpiece  owned by Robert Essers.
   
Completely restored Bohlin saddle with some new silver.
Carney 's Bohlin saddle restoration for Michele Macfarlane's parade saddle that was severely damaged by a fire.
(above & left) A completely recovered Bohlin saddle, owned by Michele Macfarlane, that was severely damaged by fire with all new leather and several pieces of silver made new from the Bohlin Co. in Dallas,TX.


   
Beautiful Brown Bohlin saddle

The latest complete restoration from scratch.
Beautiful brown Bohlin silver saddle - 9/07
Brown Bohlin silver saddle completely restored.
   

Bohlin holster rig


(Above & Right) Bohlin no.720 holster rig built from scratch using new Bohlin silver and original style tooling.

Custom Built Bohlin Holster Rig
   
Bohlin bridle before restoration.
Above is a Bohlin bridle disassembled for restoration. On the right is the same bridle fully restored, after many hours of work.
Bohlin bridle fully restored.
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Bohlin silver bridle before restoration.Bohlin silver saddle before restoration.
Bohlin saddle after restoration.Bohlin show saddle after restoration.
Above is a complete show outfit, used by the World Champion Tennessee Walking horse in the 1950's, sent to John for restoration. This is a famous Bohlin saddle and it was an honor to bring it back to it's original brilliance as seen on the right and below.

Full show outfit restored to brilliance.Bohlin silver saddle fully restored.
The breast collar and bridle above were entirely rebuilt.

Close-up pictures on the right, taken before restoration, illustrate the intricate silver workmanship of this wonderful saddle.

Silver saddle from rear closeup. Notice the  indian head on the back of the cantle.
Silver saddle closeup from the front.

 
Brown Bohlin saddle once owned by one of the Marx Brothers.
The amazing thing about Bohlin saddles is the history behind them. This brown Bohlin, sent to John for restoration, was once owned by one of the Marx brothers.
Made from scratch bridle using Bohlin silver.Made from scratch bridle using Bohlin silver.
Carney was commissioned to build a Bohlin bridle from scratch for a member of the Long Beach Mounted Police. (This group has participated in every Rose Bowl Parade for over 50 years and have also been in two inaugural parades.) The silver was provided by the existing Bohlin company, who specialize in continuing the tradition of Bohlin's exquisite silver.
   
Bohlin bridle reins made by John Carney.Bohlen bridle reins made by John Carney.
Above is a set of bridle reins John made using new Bohlin silver with the added touch of engraving on the silver tubes.
Bohlin bridle completely rebuilt.Bohlin bridle completely restored.
The bridle on the left was completely rebuilt, using the original silver and all new leather. The bridle on the right was completely restored with 1940 silver off a Dick Dickson model and all new leather.
   
Bohlin silver indian headstall and breastcollar.
Above is a Bohlin headstall and breast collar featuring the famous Indian design. John made the headstall using all new leather and new Bohlin silver.
Built from scratch Bohlin silver gunbelt.
John built this double rig holster from scratch, using new Bohlin silver, to match the original Lone Ranger holster.
   
Bohlin saddle once owned by George Spahn before restoraton.
Bohlin saddle once owned by George Spahn after restoraton.
Carney completely restored this saddle, which had been severely damaged, for Dick Dickson. He removed and straightened 80% of the silver and replaced the fleece and damaged leather. This saddle was originally owned by George Spahn, owner of the Spahn Ranch, where most of the cowboy Black and White movies were filmed.
   
Ornate silver Bohlin saddle, headstall, and breastcollar.
This magnificent Bohlin saddle was completely restored. John replaced the fleece, installed a diamond padded seat, and replaced all cracked leather and missing silver. He also completely rebuilt the headstall and breast collar, using new leather.
Dixon style breast collar.
Above is a Dixon style breast collar Carney restored. He replaced all the leather and, of course, it is stamped with the original Bohlin stamp.
   
Bohlin breastcollar
Bohlin Breastcollar
The breast collar on the left was completely built from scratch, using new leather and the original silver, with the configuration changed back to the original design. The breast collar above was also built from scratch from the original design, using new leather and the original silver.
   
Bohlin reins
Bohlin reins
The two sets of bridle reins above were built from scratch, using new leather and original and new Bohlin silver.
   
Bohlin gauntlet
Bohlin guantlet built from scratch.
Above are gauntlets, completely built from scratch, using the original design and silver and matching the original poppy flower tooling, a Bohlin's trademark.
   
Bohlin Diamond Supreme gauntlets.
Brand new set of Bohlin gauntlets built by John Carney, with new Bohlin silver, to match the customer's Diamond Supreme.
New Bohlin belt.
Carney made this new Bohlin belt, using new Bohlin silver, with tooling to match customer's saddle.
   
Bohlin handcrafted spurs.
Here is a set of new Bohlin handcrafted spurs and silver, with a custom-made set of Bohlin spur straps.
Bohlin original chaps.
This set of original Bohlin chaps was restored, using new leather on the rim and at the top.
   
New Bohlin finderNew Bohlin Finder
Set of new Bohlin finders
Carney recently made this set of new Bohlin finders with new leather and original Bohlin silver. The deep background carving makes the tooling look almost three dimensional.
   
Brown Bohlin saddle
Early Bohlin saddle completely restored to original condition.
Diamond padded seat
Close up of the diamond tuck seat

 
Bohlin finders
A new set of Bohlin finders, using all new leather and original silver. The tooling matches the original but with a greater depth. The saddle belongs to Michele Macfarlane,
owner of many of the world champion saddlebreds.
Bohlin TrapaderoBohlin Trapadero
Here are a new pair of Bohlin tapaderos that have been built from scratch. They are owned by Michele Macfarland. The tap covers were built by Bohlin Co.in TX. The rest of the silver was orignal except for the star patterns that were new silver.
   
Tom Mix saddle before restoration
Tom Mix's Hollywood Saddlery saddle before restoration.
Tom Mix saddle after restoration
Tom Mix's Hollywood Saddlery saddle after complete restoration.
   
Tom Mix bridle before restoration
Tom Mix's rommel reins and flat reins before restoration.
Tom Mix rommel reins after restoration
Tom Mix's rommel reins and completely
restored using all original silver.
Tom Mix flat reins after restoration
Tom Mix's flat reins and completely restored
using all original silver.
Rebuilt Tom Mix breast collar
Entirely new breastcollar, once belonging to Tom Mix,
built with all new leather and using all the original silver.
Tom Mix Silver Saddle & Gear
Tom Mix's parade saddle complete with new headstall,
using all original silver and all new leather.

   
Bohlin silver breastcollar
An entirely new breast collar with completely new Bohlin silver carrying the Bohlin tradition of excellance into the 21st century
High Noon Rancharo
An entirely new set of Bohlin, Rancharo style, finders
built using both original and new Bohlin silver.
   
Leggett tapedero
New set of Bohlin tapaderios, entirely built from
scratch, using the original Bohlin silver.
Leggett Tapederos
The taps were made for the Bohlin Legget Saddle.
   
bohlin gauntlet
Silver Gauntlets
A new pair of Bohlin Gauntlets, entirely built from
scratch with new Bohlin Silver.

(left-reverse side) These gauntlets go with a saddle
that belonged to Lee Greenwood.
   
Bohlin rommel reins
(Above) A new set of brown Bohlin reins, completely built from scratch, using all original Bohlin silver.

(Right) A completely restored Bohlin headstall, using all original silver and replacing 1/2 of the different leather pieces.
Bohlin High Noon Leggett Headstall
   
High Noon brown headstall
A beatiful brown Bohlin headstall, all original silver
and replacement of 60% of all the leather.
 
   

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