Wire goes in one end, springs come out the other.
These are stamped out by one machine, then the next turns them into...
Another machine takes in wire and spits out the saddle rails
After heat treatment, these go off to be plated or painted.
It takes a very skilled human eye to decide where to cut the saddle top from, both to ensure optimum use of the hide and to get the correct softness.
Eventually this will make someones backside very happy for many, many miles.
Saddle tops awaiting the next stages
These are the different dies for different models of saddles. The holes are about the only part of the hide that doesn't get used!
Anything that can't be used for other Brooks products goes elsewhere to be made into leather washers.
Can you tell what it is yet?
That sign has been there for a while!
There's a whole row of these for all the different saddles that are made.
That's going to be a lot of happy bums!
I would love one of these, but I would have to build a bike especially for it - a saddle this special deserves a suitable bike underneath it, (and probably doesn't deserve my arse on it!)
Does your saddle have chamfered sides? This is how they all get done.He made it look very easy, but it's yet another operation where a slip would ruin it.
After the lovely brass rivets are put in, they're finished off by hand. Yet again, craftsmen made it look easy.