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
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Jackson’s Western Store

Evolving with the Times By Liisa Andreassen Third-generation owner Charles Jackson says they sell a lot of used saddles, especially Buckaroo-type saddles. When I visited Jackson’s Western Store in Asheville, North Carolina, a few days before this past Christmas, it was a bit like visiting Santa’s workshop. Upstairs was a colorful retail shop and downstairs was the leather shop and its artisans. Whether filling a custom order for a gun

En Pointe

The Success Story of Cardinal Shoe American manufacturer finds its niche in high-tech ballet shoes Photograph Courtesy of Eduardo Patina By Lynn Ascrizzi In an on-stage solo, principal ballerina,Michaela DePrince, flies like a bright-feathered, gravity-defying bird, her arms stretched wing-like above her head and her expressive face turned upward, as if  searching for a distant star. What is easily missed in that ecstatic moment, which took DePrince years of professional

Olsen-Stelzer Boots

Since 1900 Olsen-Stelzer boot with Bush Warrior Open and Purple Heart inlays for warrior who played in the Bush Warrior Open Golf Tournament By Danna Burns-Shaw The History of Olsen-Stelzer Boots Nocona, Texas was settled in the 1870’s when cattlemen Broaddus and Jordan moved 15,000 cattle into the region and established a ranch not far from the present town site. In 1889, the railway arrived and with that news, boot

Michael Anthony

Bootmaker By Jennifer June Lots of folks come to California with big dreams, a place full of easy money, sunny weather and lucky breaks. The story we’ve all heard about Michael Anthony goes like this… Michael rides his motorcycle, a Harley, out of Detroit and across the country. He gets Texas bootmaker Mr. Jack Reed to teach him how to make cowboy boots. Michael then opens up a shop outside

Russell Moccasin Co.

Making quality, outdoor footwear, one pair at a time, since 1898 By Lynn Ascrizzi If you’re deep into exploring mountainous terrain, or you only feel fully alive while trekking over miles of woods and fields or braving wild savannahs — then you definitely have worn out a lot of boots. And, it’s a sure bet that you’ve learned, after suffering painful blisters, raw skin and bruises, that a pair of

Mason Dixon Made

By Gene Fowler When Philadelphia leather crafter Heather Holiday needed to choose a name for her company that produces handmade bags and men’s, women’s and children’s shoes, she reached back into her own childhood. “I grew up in Maryland,” Heather explains, “and we had relatives in Pennsylvania. So every time we would go visit them, my brother and I would play a game about crossing the state line, which is also the famous Mason Dixon Line.”  That

White’s Boots

By Danna Burns-Shaw White’s Boots opened around 1850 in the bustling state of Virginia.  New industries were emerging in Virginia’s cities. By the late 1850’s, Virginia could claim 4,841 manufacturing establishments, making it fifth among the states in this category. Canals and railroads connected farmers, rural flour mills, iron furnaces, coal mines and loggers. In the new found industrial age, the White family saw a need for well-made industrial work

Tres Outlaws in El Paso

The Road to California Leads to the City at the Pass By Gene Fowler [gallery ids="1231,1226,1228,1234,1227,1233,1230,1225,1229" type="rectangular"] Back in the Days of ’49, many a pilgrim bound for the California gold fields traveled through the westernmost tip of Texas. In those days, the community called El Paso del Norte was on the southern side of the Rio Grande, and a smaller settlement of Americanos was growing across the river.  “The sight of this little place