Another Question About Saddle Schools
Posted 21 January 2011 - 06:27 AM
I am about to become unemployed. And have decided to take advantage of the unpaid vacation time to attend a saddle making school. I've looked at quite a few and think that the The Montana Horsemans Saddle Making School looks good. Dale Moore is the instructor. Does anyone here have any thoughts or opinions on this school or any other for that matter. All I really have to go on is what's up on the web sites.
Thank you for your time,
Posted 21 January 2011 - 07:57 AM
My buddy, Carlos Lopez, attended that school years ago when he lost his job at the mill in St. Marys, GA. He really liked it, and he and Mr. & Mrs. Moore still keep in touch. We saw them in Sheridan when we went to Saddle Week in '06. I'm sure he wouldn't mind a phone call, but I'll check with him and send you a PM with his number.
Harry S. Truman
Posted 21 January 2011 - 09:41 AM
Posted 21 January 2011 - 02:17 PM
Posted 21 January 2011 - 02:24 PM
There are a number of saddle makers who may teach someone how to make a saddle and yet not run a school as such. You may want to look around the forum, see whose work you admire, contact them and ask if they would be willing to teach you. I would also recommend you ask if they have taught someone before and check with that person to see how it went. Some people can do but not teach. If they don't want to teach you, ask who they learned from and see if that guy would be willing to teach you. Some will. Some won't. Some will depending on who you are and who recommended you. The individual instruction from a solid maker is worth a lot. Since there are no regulations on who sets up a saddle making school or even offers one on one instruction, you want to be pretty careful about who you go see, I would say. Look at their work and look at their student's work (are there any making saddles as a profession?) to help make your choice.
All that said, maybe you want to check out Jesse Smith in Colorado. http://www.cowboysho.../JesseSmith.htm He is a well respected saddle maker (Al Stohlman award winner) who has been teaching saddle making for decades. He also builds his own trees so has a better grasp than a lot of saddle makers on that aspect of saddle function. The price of his course looks more than worth it for the knowledge you will gain and you get a saleable saddle at the end of it too to recoup some of your investment. Worth a call, I'd say!
Posted 21 January 2011 - 02:40 PM
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