I like doing tooled collars on boots. It provides the customer with something special from me, and it's unique to their boots. I especially like doing filigree tooling on them. Below are some collars that are especially interesting and the boots they were designed for.
Ever since I first saw an Arizona Flag design boot, made by another Arizona maker, I have had it in me that I would someday do a study of this theme. Beginning in 2011 I embarked, with intention to make use of the AZ flag theme as a celebration of Arizona's Centennial. I had already made my first pair bearing this motif in 2004, and made use of it in much of my marketing. What follows is the results of a campaign I set out upon using the different styles of Western boot construction as a form for the design: Read More
This album contains images of boots I've made of Alligator, Ostrich and even Anteater (from old stock and no longer available) Read More
By far most of the boots I have made are of this design. Of course there are many more than four pieces, but the design name refers to; the two top panels, front and back, the vamp covering the foot, and the heel section. This is the traditional way Western boots have been made for about the last 100 years. As you can see, there is plenty of room for variation and self expression. Read More
I would wish for every person who thinks of him/herself as an individual, to be familiar with the hero's journey. Finding Joe is a movie which addresses that very wish. I post a link here, for you to check it out if you want to understand what the journey is all about. Read More