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Bob Klenda. Colorado leatherworker and saddlemaker.

I’ve never met Mr. Bob Klenda, but over the years I have become well aware of who he is, and I’ve also got several of his patterns, and we’ve talked on the phone.

A two word description?  Nice guy.

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Websites, projects and cluttered benches.

A place for everything, and everything outta place.
A place for everything, and everything outta place.

I’ve heard it said, “there’s a method to the madness.”  Seems appropriate.

It’s been a busy month around here so far, and I’m thankful for it.  If you’ve been here before, you’ve likely noticed a lot of changes.  We’re experimenting with “website themes.”  You may have also noticed that when it comes to technology, I really don’t know what the hell I’m doing.

That hasn’t slowed me down.

Most of what’s posted around here is gunleather in some shape or form.  Today, there are a few holsters, quite a few belts, and a couple of workbench and machinery photos.  Fact is, gunleather’s just a small part of what I do.  It’s fun, and I enjoy it–I carry every day, so it’s near & dear you might say.

Among other things, I also make a little rodeo gear, a lot of livestock, pet and cowboy gear, and there’s a few saddles in various stages of progress.  There’s always something “underway.”  That could mean anything from just-started to damn-near done.  As I figure things out, I’ll post it, or list it, and if you like it, we can make it possible for you to own it.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you’ll make it a regular visit.

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Jesse W. Smith. Saddlemaker, artist, legend.

I’ve shared this before, a while back. Just came across it again, and thought I’d share it…again.

Back in May of 1980 I was living in Spokane, Washington. Two things are always at the forefront of my memory of that time. Mount St. Helens blowing her top, and hanging out at Jesse W Smith‘s saddle shop. Jesse built the first bronc saddle I ever owned. He took a Raymond Hulin bareback riggin’ as a down-payment on it, and financed the rest.

Jesse’s a cool dude. Always has been. American military Veteran, teacher, artist. Fact is, in our business he’s a legend. He doesn’t know it, and he’d probably think I was addled for saying it, but it’s true. A quiet, humble, American treasure.

Thank you for the friendship Jesse. Thank you for letting an 18-year old, wanna be bronc rider hang around your shop back in the day. And, thank you for the trust.

Here’s a little video about one of my heroes.