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Porter Style Flower Stamping

$135.00
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Porter Style Flower Stamping

Rocky Minster

Friday, March 2, 8 am - 5 pm

‘Tis Annex Art Education Building, Room 102

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Learn about Porter style from someone who apprenticed under Porter saddlemakers. Students will learn the key layout features of Arizona style carving, which was also popular in Southern California. We will also have a brief discussion comparing the Arizona and Northern California styles. We will draw a pattern layout panel and then stamp a panel of leather in the sample style. Leather provided by Hermann Oak Leather Co. 

Materials to Bring: Note taking materials, heavy maul/mallet, straight blade swivel knife, strop, stamping tools and a stamping surface. Remember, the Arizona style always uses bar grounders, never matting tools.

Rocky Minster

Rocky is a master Porter-style leatherworker and professional saddl maker. He began learning the Porter-style stamping from accomplished saddle makers at an early age and got his start in saddlery while still in high school at the Leland “Tumble” Weed saddle shop. Later, he worked for Porter-trained Frank Eberle in Prescott, Arizona, he then moved on and worked in other saddle shops in Arizona and Colorado under some other great saddle makers: Ray Pohja, Mervin Ringlero and Fletcher Whitlow. In 1970, he opened his own saddle shop in Chandler, Arizona, and later forced to move his shop to Gilbert, where he still works in his saddle shop, building saddles and his buckaroo horse equipment and personal leather items.