At the Western Folklife Center, we've long supported and celebrated maker culture, especially when it comes to the gear associated with ranch life. From cowboy boots to silver bits and spurs to saddles and all sorts of leather craft, we have talks, discussions, and demonstrations all devoted to these beautiful (and useful) artforms.
Gearmakers Open Mic
FEATURING: James Gullion, Eric Hannig, Seth Teichert.
It's an open mic...for the makers! At this open format, open stage event, makers from around the West were invited to talk about their gearmaking practice or a special piece of work. Listen in as these three future-forward makers discuss thei...
A Conversation with Jeremiah Watt
Master saddlemaker Jeremiah Watt discusses his process and the intricate details of his craft with cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell. An internationally-recognized master saddlemaker, silverworker, bitmaker, and spurmaker, Watt designed and created every detail of this custom saddle in his Coalinga, Ca...
Morgan Buckert, custom cowboy boot maker, will explain some of the over 300 steps required to build custom cowboy boots out of at least 58 pieces, including measuring points, last alteration, patterning, vamp crimping, inseaming, and more. She will have a variety of tools specific to cowboy boot ...
Gearmakers Rendezvous 1
FEATURING: Morgan Buckert, James Gullion, Clair Kehrberg, Natalie Teichert
Roundtable discussion with contemporary gearmakers Morgan Buckert (boots), James Gullion (bits & spurs), Clair Kehrberg (leatherworking), and Natalie Teichert (boots). Listen in as they talk shop, talk trends, and talk tr...
Gearmakers Rendezvous 2
FEATURING: Eric Hannig, Justine Nelson-Graham, Tony Pedrini, Bryce Williams.
Roundtable discussion with contemporary gearmakers Eric Hannig (leatherworking), Justine Nelson-Graham (rawhide braiding/leatherworking/saddlemaking), Tony Pedrini (leatherworking), and Bryce Williams (saddlemaking). L...
Bit and Spur Maker Mark Dahl
Mark believes that silver mounted bits and spurs should appeal to as many of the senses as possible. “They need to be pleasing to the eye and smooth to the touch. The cricket of the bit and the rowels in the spurs should sound good. Although bits and spurs can be beautiful works of art, more impo...
Rawhide Braider Doug Groves
Doug Groves started braiding out of necessity, to make the gear he needed as a working cowboy. One of his first teachers was Frank Hansen, and Doug has enjoyed the process of learning ever since. “There’s a genealogy behind learning all this stuff. When you’re sitting around the bunkhouse, and so...
Horsehair Braider Doug Krause
Horses are always nearby Doug Krause's workshop in Eaton, Colorado. He believes that without the effort to become a better horseman, he would not have the understanding, feel, and knowledge to build equipment of the quality and function valued by horsemen. The interior of his workshop is designed...
Saddle Maker Dale Harwood
Asked about the inspiration for his leather stamping, Dale says, "Cowboying represents the outdoors, it represents nature and life, and flowers represent nature and life. So for most of my stamping I use a lot of buds and I use a lot more leaves, and I try to represent nature as close as you can ...