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A One-Man Leather Shop

Long-time leatherwork instructor, Mike DeWitt, keeps his heritage craft alive and well in Oklahoma By Lynn Ascrizzi Michael DeWitt, at the workbench in his leather workshop, with saddle trees and stirrups in the background. You never know where a passion for the age-old art of leathercraft will take you. For Michael DeWitt, owner and operator of DeWitt Custom Leatherworks, the long and winding trail that leading to his current workshop
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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
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Meanwhile, Back in Kansas…..

David Carrico Leatherworks We may be cool, but we will never be Ed-Harris-in-the-1880s-New-Mexico-film-Appaloosa-cool. And wearing an awesome gun belt and holster made by David Carrico! By Gene Fowler “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” In one of the most famous lines ever spoken on the silver screen, Judy Garland told her little dog that they had somehow ventured so far from their home in the heartland that
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Pete Harry

Variety is the Spice of Life By Nick Pernokas To say Pete’s Custom Saddlery is a saddle shop is like saying that Bass Pro Shop is a sporting goods store. The museum-like building, located in southwestern Kentucky, is home to an eclectic mixture of products and collections that reflect the varied interests of saddle maker Pete Harry. Pete grew up around the leather business and horses in Washington. His grandfather,
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Precision Saddle Tree Company

Ten Years of Discarding Tradition Driving Change through Technology By Danna Burns-Shaw [gallery ids="1564,1563,1562" type="rectangular"] Halfway between San Antonio and Houston, is the small town of Yoakum, Texas – a town steeped in the saddle and leather business tradition. Yoakum first received its saddle making identity back in 1919, when the Tex Tan Leather Company was founded. In 1960, Leland Tucker founded Circle Y saddles, also in Yoakum. Like Tex
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K Bar J Leather

Know Your Customer By Nick Pernokas Jack Gully decided to take a break from the plains of Montana in Miles City. He was hauling a load of horses home to South Dakota. As he ate breakfast in the motel, an older gentleman walked up. Jack didn’t recognize him at first. The man said, “You damn sure knew what you were doing!” Jack looked at the man blankly, until he began
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Scott McCulloch: Finding His Place

By Nick Pernokas Sometimes it takes a while to find out where you’re supposed to be. In the case of Scott McCulloch, he wasn’t that far away; it just took a few years to get there. Scott grew up in Galt, California. Scott’s dad, Bill McCulloch, made saddles and sold animal health and pharmaceutical supplies. Both Bill and his wife, Terri, roped. Bill built mostly swell fork ranch ropers with
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Award Winning Bob Klenda

By Danna Burns-Shaw First Impression  They say first impressions are everything. My first impression of Bob Klenda occurred at the CSMA Winter Seminar, held at Burns Saddlery in January of this year.    The room was full of all levels of leather artisans; my seat was the stairs because all the chairs were taken – giving me a wonderful opportunity to observe the attendees.   My first impression of Bob Klenda was watching him attentively observing my son, Braydan Shaw, giving a presentation about business practices. Bob’s posture was erect, his attention undivided and he seemed
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Joey Jemison

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.