Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Timothy Saddles Up for a Big Week of Business

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Timothy Saddles Up for a Big Week of Business

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Byline: Madeline McDonald madeline.mcdonald@capnews.com.au

TIMOTHY McLachlan never thought helping his grandfather after school would lead to taking on the family business.

But for the past 28 years, the Brisbane-based saddle maker has been using the skills he learnt as a teenager to hand-make leather saddles and sell them for a living, just like his grandfather.

Timothy (pictured), owner of TPM Saddles, said he had fond memories of learning the trade.

"My grandfather was a saddler and he owned a saddlery shop in NSW when I was young," he said.

"I went to work with him after I left school, but I'd never planned to start making my own saddles as a profession. I've been involved in horses all of my life but working in my granddad's shop was meant to just be something to do between finding an apprenticeship or full-time job but I got really into it and never left. …

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