For the LOVE of Boots By Danna Burns-Shaw [gallery ids="1148,1149,1150,1151" type="rectangular"] The first year of the1980’s was memorable for political drama, cable TV (which included the first 24/7 news channel), addictive video games and the movie release of Urban Cowboy. The movie would inspire a new generation of cowboy hat and boot enthusiasts that would forever change the western wear industry. Pedro Muñoz’s venture into the fashion boot industry began
The Legacy of the Fort Worth Cutting Saddle By Nick Pernokas The 16-year-old bronc rider limped to the fence. He exited the arena and headed over to the stripping chute, loosening his borrowed chaps as he walked. He collected his bareback rigging and returned the “community” chaps to his friend who was about to ride. He reflected on how much simpler life would be if he had his own pair.
David Walt, the FarmStrong Way By Gene Fowler When I recently interviewed the venerable leatherwork artist Jim Linnell at his Elktracks Studio in Venus, Texas, he suggested that a better question than the ones I’d asked might be, “What will the future styles of leathercrafts look like? Who will continue the artform’s evolution into the next generation?” One answer, Jim, is David Walt, 16, of Franklin, Tennessee, proprietor of his
Smucker Harness is stitching its way to success by focusing on the carriage-driving market By Lynn Ascrizzi The pocket-sized community of Churchtown, Pennsylvania (pop. 484), is one of those places you might drive right by, in a wink. But there, set along Route 23, amid a smattering of local businesses, vintage and modern homes and picturesque farmland, is the neat-as-a-pin, busy workshop that is Smucker Harness Co. The small business,