Loyal Stricklin

Youthful leather-goods enterprise embodies the Millennial Generation’s spunk and spirit By Lynn Ascrizzi Loyal Bespoke is an upscale, luxury line of handcrafted leather goods. These pieces are 100% handmade with the highest quality materials you can find. Nashville. It’s Tennessee’s burgeoning capital; a place that conjures up images of an explosive country music scene, twangy honky-tonks and the legendary Grand Ole Opry. But only a few short minutes from the

Third-generation bootmaker Deana McGuffin continues craft while teaching others

By Johnny D. Boggs Deana McGuffin works on a pair of boots in her shop. Custom bootmaker does not even begin to describe Deana McGuffin. Certainly, since starting an apprenticeship with her father in the early 1980s, she has been making custom cowboy boots – the past 18 years at her shop, McGuffin Custom Boots ( in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Yet, she has also displayed her creations at museums across

Texas Folklife

Texas Folklife staffers, left to right: Charlie Lockwood, Ian Hallagan, Eugenio del Bosque Gomez. The Real Life of Texas Folk By Gene Fowler  “It’s practically died off,” said rawhide braider Travis “Rowdy” Pate, at the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio circa 1985, when asked if his art form still flourished in the South Texas brush country around his native Pearsall. “Nobody learned it.”  In the same interview, —practically in the same breath, however—Rowdy allowed, “I guess