For This West Texas Saddle Maker, “Dying Art” Persists Amid Changes
The Big Bend Ranch Rodeo brings together working cowboys from across the area to Alpine, where they compete in events like a rodeo performance and mutton busting. Cowboying and events like these are age-old, but they both have faced changes in recent years. Hear about those with an audio portrait of one West Texas rancher whose saddle-making business has had to adapt to a changing world.
Inside the Big Bend Saddlery’s workshop, rolls of leather line the walls.
In this corner of the shop, leather is worked into varying products
A worn saddle rests in the saddlery’s workshop. It will be restored here by one of Gary’s workers.
Gary Dunshee’s desk is filled with notes and tools to work leather.
Belts are one of the items the Big Bend Saddlery crafts for its working cowboys.
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