If anyone has a clear written description of how to weave a new Dursley Pedersen hammock saddle I'd be very happy to include it here! David Evans' book A Man Of Genius is an essential read in the meantime.

Sue Boon's Restringing a dursley Pedersen Saddle is an excellent description of making a new hammock saddle. It can be found in A Man Of Genius by David E. Evans (in Appendix 1 ).


Note the leatherstrap is double. The original seat was woven as a net. The shape was wide at the rear end and narrow at the front. The material was either silk cord or whipped cord and sometimes thin leather cord, 45 yards (40 m) is used. The net made it very soft to sit on. The seat was supported at the front by an adjustable leather strap and could be made tighter or slacker depending on the rider and by 7 springs at the rear. The seat yielded to the body weight and gave a more pleasant ride.


The seat below was made by Harry Brookhuis, Nederland. This might give you some inspiration.


 John Pinkerton, (quoted from

Having studied Dursley Pedersen saddles since about 1965, and worked on a great number, I have to dispel the myth that they were woven from silk. There may have been some small element of silk within the twisted cord, but that is all. Similarly I can find no manufacturers' evidence that leather covers were fitted to the woven saddles at the factory. I would welcome any real proof. It must be remembered that cycles in general, and DPs in particular, were for the rich and well off, and owners could have had leather covers made by the local saddler. Cycles were not available to the working man until Hercules of Birmingham broke the price ring in 1930 and offered single speeds for under £4. That may sound cheap, but it must be remembered that if you had a job - the depression was not over then - you might be lucky enough to be earning £1.50 a week, which had to cover all of your expenditure.