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A show focused on the trade skills that have almost been lost to history and the male and female Craftsmen that keep them alive. I am Don Gonzales, a full time saddle maker of 15 years, and I dive into the world of "supposed" forgotten skills and trades.
 
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In this episode we interview Nancy Martiny who owns and operates Martiny Saddle Co. in Idaho. I loved this interview and getting to know Nancy. She has a really cool story and tells us all about working with Dale Harwood and her history as a saddle maker. Be sure to visit her website at martinysaddle.com to see some of her amazing work. Her tooling…
 
In this episode, I sit down with Dana and Tracy Eklund to visit about their business Big Sky Mohair Cinches. We talk about how they got into the world of mohair and tying cinches, how they grew the business, and what their plans are for the business in the future. I had a lot of fun interviewing these two and I think you will find this conversation…
 
In this episode we visit with Lisa Sorrell who is a very talented boot maker from Guthrie, OK. On top of being an award winning boot maker, Lisa is also an author along with operating a supply business for other bookmakers in the industry. Here how she got started, her bookmaking theory and her business thoughts on juggling her many interests. cust…
 
In this episode, we take a look at the fur market with Kris Pope. Kris is a professional trapper and educator as well as a leather craftsman. I enjoyed visiting with him about the ins and outs of the fur market and how it led him into the world of Leathercraft. As I am a leather craftsman who is getting into wanting to use more fur, we had a lot to…
 
This interview is with a great friend and fellow craftsman Jeff Payne. Jeff is a bit and spur maker from Glen Rose, TX. He has been equipping horses and cowboys with his bits and spurs for over 30 years. Hear how he got started in this business and how he operates a business in 2021 still using the "handshake" relationship with his customers. www.p…
 
I really enjoyed interviewing this artist and craftsman. Scott Slusher is a fantastic photographer who's passion is photographing cowboys and the western lifestyle. Hear how this freelance photographer brings a special type of craftsmanship into a world of studio lighting, memory cards, and technology. Be sure to follow Scott's instagram feed as we…
 
This episode is an interview with Justin Walker with Rockin Out Silver. Justin is a custom silversmith and engraver that took his knowledge of silver work and created a business that brings aspects of the manufacturing world together in order to offer quality pieces on a large scale. Check out his website for jewelry, hardware, and conchos to help …
 
In this episode of Lost Trade, we interview Dusty Smith with WYO Custom Saddles and Trees in Buffalo, WY. Dusty is a custom saddle maker as well as a highly skilled custom saddle tree maker. We visit with him about his journey into the trade of saddle tree building as an accomplished saddle maker. If you want to get in touch with Dusty or to see so…
 
This interview is with Ben Geisler who is a US Army Vet and saddle maker who owns Aspen Saddlery. I had a great time visiting with Ben about his route to becoming a custom saddle maker of fine Wade Saddles. We also talked about the challenges of starting a business while moving frequently due to his wife's military career all while they raise their…
 
In this episode, we visit with a good friend of mine Scott Catalena. Scott is with Catalena Hatters in Bryan, TX. Catalena Hatters is a 2nd generation custom hat shop that makes custom felt hats in all shapes and styles. Check out this episode to hear about the hat business and how felt hats are made and restored. To learn more about Catalena Hatte…
 
This interview is with Jeana Andreatta with Tumbling J Mohair Tack in Weatherford, TX. I had a great time visiting with her about the world of mohair and mohair gear. If you would like to check out her work, look her up on Facebook and instagram by searching for "Tumbling J Mohair Tack" Her website should be done around Thanksgiving.…
 
In this episode, we interview Odin Clack with Odin Leather Goods. We visit about how he got started, all about his business, and how he handled opening a new Retail location during the Covid 19 Pandemic. Odin creates beautiful uptown leather goods that have a clean and classy style that is both eye catching and stylish. Follow Odin and his business…
 
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