Prescott Resort – Bradshaw Room
Thursday-Friday 2/23-2/24 6:00pm – 10:00pm
All skill levels welcome!
Workshop Description: Learn about the Arizona style of tooling from someone who apprenticed under Porter saddle makers. Students will learn the key layout features of Arizona style carving, which was also popular in Southern California. There will also be a brief discussion comparing the Arizona and Northern California styles. Students will draw a pattern layout panel and then stamp a panel of leather in the sample style. This is an 8-hour workshop, split between Thursday and Friday evenings.
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. A complete list of suggested tools will be emailed to each student upon registration.
Workshop Instructor: Rocky is a master Porter-style leatherworker and professional saddle 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.
Workshop Sponsors: Hermann Oak Leather Co.
Registering for someone else? Be sure to record their name as the student in the Order Notes Box (located under the Shipping Address) when you Check Out.