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Hi a big thank you to my latest student Peter Harris for allowing me to film during his class as you can see at the end he built a very nice saddle please follow the link below to see just some of the stuff you will be doing during the class .
Custom Saddle Making Classes at JS Saddlery
Have you ever wanted to make your own custom saddle?
Well, here you are! JS Saddlery offers a "one on one" custom
saddle making class that can be tailored around your workschedule
or your days off. The average class is approximately 50-60 hours
long, depending on your own ability. When the saddle class is
finished, you will leave with a saddle that you personally made.
We'll also provide you with a few extra tools for doing basic
repairs as well as any extra leather that was notused during class.
I have taught folks from 18 years old to 74 years old I strive
to enrich your experience so that you will enjoy working with
leather, yes your hands may hurt but what you will gain is
hard to describe.
"James - I just wanted to thank you so very much for my week with you
last August.
I ride my saddle often and have had some very nice compliments
on it. It was so very nice to be accepted into your shop, family,
and friends." Larry Carter - Dallas, TX
74 Years Old, never worked with leather in my life, started and finished
his Saddle in under 50 Hours. Thanks James. Jack M. Curtis
Testimonial
If you are interested in learning how to make a saddle there is no better person than James Sturgeon at JS Saddlery to guide you through this fun experience . James is a 3rd, generation saddle-maker and a true cowboy . you will make an exceptionally high quality saddle that is pleasing to the eye , safe , very strong , functional and the style of your choice . you will do all the work under the guidance of James and be very proud of the final product . I have taught high school and college agriculture for 28 years and I am very impressed with James' ability to impart his knowledge to the student . please feel free to call me if more information is needed.
Happy Trails,
Dave Carroll
Fallbrook CA.
(760)728-7468

Don't do what I did. I've been wanting to build a saddle for nine years. I was afraid I might screw it up. I had a blast learning to build and repair a saddle. I was shoeing a horse for a client today and they said they had a saddle with broken strings. I took a look at it and with what I learned from James I said no problem. Don't put it off any longer to get your butt in a saddle you made. THANKS JAMES

Date of Posting: 8 Jun 2013Posted by: George Albert Location: Madras,OR.

" I finished James' saddle building class last Friday (5 July 2013).

Wow!  What an experience and what a beautiful saddle!  Words can't express just how tickled I am with my new saddle!  It came out far beyond my wildest dreams and is something I will treasure the rest of my life.  My wife has already put in her order to me for a saddle LOL

If you're interested in building your own saddle, do it -- James is great with his teaching style and you'll learn far more than you may have thought possible!

I've been involved in health care and health care education for 37 years.  James runs his hands-on class in a manner that parallels how I run my own lab courses:  he knows when to step in and when to step back and when to apply some pressure to keep things going forward.  His manner of returning to a previously learned skill for applying to a  new lesson is stellar!

Wonderful experience -- lots of new information to digest -- lots of new things with which to experiment -- and, best of all:  I get to buy new tools!

Thanks, again, James!  Your saddle class was just spectacular!"

Ol' Doc Carman

Outside Carson City, NV

Brandon Martinez 2011

Hey James, I can't thank you enough for your help in making this saddle.

I am too damn proud of it and the extra pieces I bought from you just

completes the saddle.

Matt Wheaton 2/26/2014
Big Jim Las Vagas , NV 4/6/2014
http://www.cowboytrailrides.com/


Have you ever wanted to make your own custom saddle? Well, here you are! JS Saddlery offers
a "one on one" custom saddle making class that can be tailored around your workschedule or your days off.
The average class is approximately 50-60 hours long, depending on your own ability. When the saddle class is finished, you will leave with a saddle that you personally made. We'll also provide you with a few extra tools for doing basic repairs as well as any extra leather that was not used during class.

Here are some of your most frequently asked question on the saddle class:

How long will it take to complete my saddle? It will take 6-7 days to finish your new saddle.

How many hours will it take? You will have 50-60 hours into your saddle making project, working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Because we are a working saddle shop, there may be an occasional phone call or customer stopping in, but interruptions are kept to a minimum.

What will I learn? We will begin from the ground up with a bare tree and two sides of leather. You will learn where/how to cut the different parts of the saddle from the two sides of leather, how they are applied to the saddle tree and the overall finishing/customizing of your saddle.

What kind of saddle can I make? I have over 25 years worth of western saddle making experience. I like to talk to the students, finding out what your preferences are.

When can I start my class? I work with one student at a time, so classes can be scheduled to meed your time needs. Please keep in mind that we use Bowden Saddle Tree Company and it can take up to 10 weeks when ordering a custom saddle tree. There are "stock" trees which you can view on their website. "Stock" trees ship in two weeks.
Can I take my saddle home? Yes! It is your saddle. Along with the saddle, you will take any tools and extra left over leather. Is there a deposit required? Yes. We require a deposit of $700 in order to schedule your class. This allows me to order the saddle tree, leather and tools that are provided.

Where are you located? We are 35 minutes north of Silver City, NewMexico. Below is a list of lodging options.

Can I build a saddle on my own after the class? I'll be the first to tell you there is a lot to learn! I recommend that you take very good notes and as many photos as possible. If you decide to start a saddle after you leave my class, you are more than welcome to call or email me with any questions you might have. I will try to work you through the problem you are having.
Here is a list of items you will be provided with for your custom saddle making class:
Custom Saddle Tree Provided by Bowden Saddle Tree Company www.saddletree.com
1 Bull Hide Covered Tree
2 Sides of Heavy Skirting Leather
1 Closed Cell Foam Rubber
8 Saddle Strings
1 3/4 Bark Tanned Sheepskin
1 Set of Rigging (Front and Rear)
1 Pair of Blevins Improved Buckles
2 Breast Collar Dees
1 Metal Seat Strainer
1 pair Wood Metal-Bound Stirrups
1 1/2 # Saddle Tacks
1 1/2 # Nails
1 1/2 Gallon Neat's Foot Oil
1 Bar Saddle Glycerin
Buckles for Breast Collar, Headstall and Flank Cinch
Tools You Keep After the Class:
1 Saddle Tack Hammer
1 Rivet Setter
1 Pro Rotary Punch
1 Safety Beveller and Extra Blades
1 Angled Utility Knife
1 4-in-1 Awl Set
1 Pack of Sewing Needles
2 Spools of Thread
With these items, YOU can build a custom saddle that will last you the rest of your life! All this for only $1795.00!
Give me a call or email for more information. Thanks - James Sturgeon


Comfortable, convenient accommodations can be arranged by contacting:

Double E Guest Ranch in Gila, NM. The telephone number is: 575-535-2048. Just 20 minutes from JS Saddlery. Option to eat prepared meals at the ranch (breakfast and dinner) can be included in your rate. For an additional fee, spend an afternoon horseback riding!







The Gila River House in Gila, NM. The telephone number is: 575-535-2383. A new and fully equipped kitchen with a full size refrigerator and cooking range, microwave, coffee maker, blender, toaster provide you with everything you'll need to self-cater; two large bedrooms / two full baths, washing machine, telephone, answering machine, satellite TV and VCR, stereo system (CD, tape player and radio with NPR), barbecue grill, yard furniture, linens and privacy.



The Holiday Inn Express in Silver City, NM: 1103 Superior Street. Hotel Front Desk: 1-575-538-2525 | Hotel Fax: 1-575-538-2525
And if you have a self contained trailer you are more that welcome to drive up and hook up to
the side of my shop for power.
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have a great day

Last Updated (Tuesday, 08 April 2014 19:54)