Jack Sept

Artist’s Statement

Some of my first memories are of cowboys, horses and saddles. I grew up on ranches in Wyoming and Montana where everything revolved around western lifestyles. Hearing cowboys talk about handmade saddles, custom boots and hats started a love affair with leather that I still possess today. At the age of 12, I took my first leather class from legendary saddle maker and tooler Don King in Sheridan, Wyoming. I studied art at the University of Montana and I have worked in many medias over the years but found my self returning to leatherwork and refining my tooling style.

After fifty some years I have developed a deep commitment and respect for the history and art of an ancient profession. Currently I focus on creating intricate and richly tooled items from small hatbands, belts, and cowboy gear to custom saddles. I try to balance my time between working in my studio, riding my blue roan mare and hiking, camping and traveling with my wife, photographer, Anne Jeffery

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