Saddles/Tack

Frecker’s Saddlery: A Family Affair

Karsten and Kent Frecker shown with a couple floral carved saddles. By Nick Pernokas The tall cowboy eased through the crowd at the tradeshow.  Every once in a while there was a flash of recognition from other shoppers, but then they went on about their business. This was Vegas after all. The National Finals Rodeo sported several large trade shows filled with western merchandise and it was easy to miss
Boot/Shoe

“The Michelangelo of Cowboy Boots”

“Charlie Dunn, He’s the One to See” by Gene Fowler Photograph courtesy of The Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Photographer Jim McGuire made images of the Grand Ole Opry legends and other country-western stars, and here he shot bootmaking legend Charlie Dunn. Perched all pretty on the Colorado River, where the limestone hills of Central Texas tumble down from the west to meet the Blackland
Leather

Tennessee Tanning Company: Staying Ahead of the Ball

Terry Kennemer, MLB Production Manager and Tennessee Tanning Wet Floor Supervisor By Nick Pernokas Terry Kennemer would remind you of a chef. He can talk about intricate recipes and what they produce off the top of his head. Like many good chefs, he won’t tell you all of the ingredients. However, it’s not a gourmet meal that he’s enthusiastically describing, but rather a signature piece of leather. Terry is the
Accessories

Billykirk!

“The Proof Is in the Patina” Leather Products as Distinctive as the Company Name Chris Bray runs the Jersey City leathercrafts company with his younger brother Kirk, whose full name is William Kirkland Bray. Dubbed Billykirk by the brothers' father, Kirk knew way back in high school that he and his brother would someday start a business. By Gene Fowler Brothers Chris and Kirk Bray—owners of the Jersey City-based quality
Accessories

Heirloom Quality Meets Neo-Minimalism

Signature leatherwork puts Craft & Lore on the map in Northern Idaho By Lynn Ascrizzi The Folkland Weekender Duffel and Rolltop Backpack on holiday at Mt Rainer National Park, Washington state. In the mountainous region of northwestern Idaho, nestled near a 25-mile-long lake, is the small city of Coeur d’Alene. That’s French for “heart of an awl,” a term used by 19th-century fur trappers to describe the business savvy of
Holster

Triple T Holsters

By Gene Fowler Triple T Holsters building in Kemah, Texas, between Houston and Galveston. Triple T will make your holster while you wait. "I'm the good-lookin' one," jokes Robert Thompson III of Triple T Holsters in Kemah, Texas,when asked if the caller was speaking with Robert Thompson III or Robert Thompson IV. The father and son are business partners in the thriving outfit that serves the Lone Star State's vast
Saddles/Tack

Monroe Veach: A Ten Dollar Horse and a Forty Dollar Saddle

By Nick Pernokas Monroe performing a rope trick with his daughter Letty in 1946. The young cowboy dropped his bag on the ground and loosened the cinches on his saddle. The saddle he set a little more carefully on the small Parkerton railway stop platform. After he slipped the bridle off over the old mare’s ears, he slapped her on the butt, to send her on the familiar journey home.
Boot/Shoe

Semper Fi: Boots with a Mission

By Liisa Andreassen Sarah Ford, a San Angelo, Texas-native, former Marine officer and Harvard Business School grad is the CEO, founder and creative director of Ranch Road Boots – a brand deeply rooted in Ford’s love for the American West. Growing up in a small town, her parents encouraged her to be self-motivated and hardworking. As a kid, she participated in triathlons with her whole family. After high school, she
Supplier

Flowing and Growing

Silver Creek Leather Co. is leading leathercraft supplier in the domestic craft store market Greg Sartor started Silver Creek Leather in 2002. The company stocks leathers of all colors, textures, and types to use in manufacturing their Realeather products. By Lynn Ascrizzi You never know when a real opportunity will come knocking. It might even appear in the guise of a company closeout. In 2002, Caldwell/Moser Tannery of New Albany,