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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.
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Douglas Krause

My Muse By Danna Burns-Shaw [gallery ids="1127,1124,1123,1122" type="rectangular"] Doing these feature articles for Shop Talk! really inspires the senses.  Speaking with Douglas Krause made me realize the importance that others have in the making of an accomplished artist. Mentorship brings out the best in the giver...and the receiver.  During the entire interview, Douglas was graciously giving credit to the folks listed below. Throughout his story, these important individuals helped Douglas
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Building Saddles for the Working Cowboy

Oliver Saddle Shop is the oldest, family-owned saddle maker in Texas By Lynn Ascrizzi In these modern times, you might think that the iconic, working cowboy is fast becoming a rare breed. But, longtime saddle maker Richard Oliver, who owns and operates the Oliver Saddle Shop in Amarillo, Texas, has his own take on the subject. He and his small team specialize in building saddles for the working cowboy. “This
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Don King

The Man in the Center By Nick Pernokas They say that a good writer should never interject himself into his stories. They say a lot of things. When dealing with “legends” of the West, they say when the legend outshines the fact, print the legend. Only sometimes, you don’t have to and this is one of those times. Most of the story that I’m going to tell you came from
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Nettles Country:

Stirrups for Every Foot By Nick Pernokas Ronnie Nettles’ legs were bothering him. His narrow oxbow stirrups, the norm for cutting horse trainers in the 1980’s, were rubbing on his shins. It probably wouldn’t have bothered a guy who just had one horse to ride, but as a cutting horse trainer at the top of the game, Ronnie had a barn full of horses to work every day. He got
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Lisa & Loren Skyhorse

Humanitarian Saddle Makers By Danna Burns-Shaw Trying to find one title that best describes the Skyhorse’s is impossible. Loren and Lisa Skyhorse are a rare husband and wife saddle-building team that create out-of-this-world leather masterpieces. Once you meet and spend time with them, you will never think of them as just saddle makers; they are truly multi-talented, cosmic human beings. Lisa and Loren were given the “Skyhorse” name by Native
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Troy West and the Thunder Beast

By Gene Fowler “The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association encourages us to be creative and innovative,” says Azle, Texas-based saddle maker Troy West. “That’s especially true for the annual Cowboy Crossings exhibition held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. They want us to push the envelope. Think outside the box. Do something that’s not been seen before.” For this year’s Cowboy Crossings show, Troy adorned his
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Martin Saddlery:

They Know the Ropes By Nick Pernokas Nestled in the rolling hills of Central Texas, the Equibrand headquarters is an impressive site. The entryway features metal figures from many western disciplines and at the end of the long driveway, the building dominates the surrounding countryside on its knoll overlooking Granbury, Texas. The lobby resembles something that might be in a home in Fort Worth, as does the conference room behind