Custom Saddle Making Classes
Contact us at 575-535-4889
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 .
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
Brandon Martinez 2011
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.
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.
Comfortable, convenient accommodations can be arranged by contacting:
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
have a great day
Last Updated (Thursday, 06 February 2014 21:52)