Making Saddle Bags


4 in stock

Bob Klenda

Prescott Resort – Jerome Room

Wednesday-Thursday 2/26-2/27 8:00am – 5:00pm


4 in stock

SKU: PA20WS26 Category:

Product Description

During Bob’s 57 years as a saddle maker, he has made saddle bags of all sizes and shapes. In this 2-day workshop, the student will build and take home a medium sized pair with an accordion-style gusset. Bob will explain styles, materials and construction methods as well as the methods of attaching saddle bags to a saddle. Patterns will be supplied; student will lay out, cut, stamp, rivet, sew, edge, oil and polish the pair that they make. Time will only permit a simple border stamp (bring a favorite).

Materials to bring: Notepad, pencil, camera, swivel knife, strop, mallet, stamping tools, stamping surface, round knife or favorite cutting knife, wood or poly cutting surface, heavy scissors, #3 and #4 edgers, edge rubbing supplies, and a broad-faced hammer. Bob will supply tools for those who don’t have all the listed tools. If flying to the trade show, contact Bob at 970-379-7375 to arrange for tools.

Bob Klenda has been carving leather since 1959 and making saddles since 1962. As past president of the CSMA, he is accustomed to teaching saddle making and leather carving. Bob is primarily self-taught and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others. He has received a 34-year pin for teaching 4-H leather craft, received the Howard Munsell Award for promotion of the art of saddle making, received the Al Stohlman Award for Achievement in Leathercraft in 2010, and was recognized as 2016 Saddle Maker of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists.

Workshop Sponsors: Hermann Oak Leather Co., The Fiebing Co.,  Leather Machine Co., LLC, Renia USA, and Klenda Saddlery