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THE ART OF THE WESTERN SADDLE: A CELEBRATION OF STYLE & EMBELLISHMENT
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THE ART OF THE WESTERN SADDLE: A CELEBRATION OF STYLE & EMBELLISHMENT

Author: Bill Reynolds
Publisher: GLOBE PEQUOT ( THE LYONS PRESS, FALCON), Jan 2005
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 1-59228-034-X

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Celebrates the saddle as a decorative hallmark of subtle beauty while fulfilling the utility of its principal purpose. Illus. with 300 full-color photos & drawings; 11x14 inches, 192 pgs.

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Spanning time and technique, The Art of the Western Saddle is a celebration and visual feast of the graceful artistry of the Western saddler and his craft. Filled with detailed photos and illustrations, this book celebrates the saddle as a decorative hallmark of subtle beauty while fulfilling the utility of its principal purpose. Early man's ability to domesticate and ride the horse led to the rapid advancement of our capability for travel and exploration. The saddle-the epitome of form following function-evolved to meet the utilitarian needs of the rider and his tasks, be they work or pleasure.

Illustrated with historic and contemporary examples of saddle style and decoration, The Art of the Western Saddle highlights the work of
makers such as Visalia Stock Saddle Company, Meana, Miles City Saddlery, Porter, Hamley, Edward H. Bohlin, McCabes, and Keyston Bros., along with contemporary makers such as Chas Weldon, Dale Harwood, Chuck Stormes, Don Butler, Chuck Treon, Jeremiah Watt, and many others. Many saddles of the stars are featured from the golden age of the Hollywood Western; these include outfits belonging to The Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Barbara Stanwyck, Ken Maynard, and Buck Jones.

The Art of the Western Saddle provides an elegant, illustrated look at the evolution of design and decoration of saddlery including many exquisite and unpublished examples of the finest in silver and gold overlay and filigree saddle silver created by the West's preeminent silver and goldsmiths. Featuring more than 300 photographs and illustrations, this volume is an absolute must for serious and amateur equestrians as well as for collectors and admirers of this unique and totally American craft.


 
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