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Art of the Western Saddle : A Celebration Of Style And Embellishment - Bill Reynolds

Art of the Western Saddle

A Celebration Of Style And Embellishment

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Spanning time and technique, THE ART OF THE WESTERN SADDLE is a celebration and visual feast of the graceful artistry of the western saddler and his craft. Filled with detailed photographs and illustrations, this book celebrates the saddle as a decorative hallmark of subtle beauty while fulfilling the utility of its principal purpose. The ability for early man to domesticate and ride the horse created the rapid advancement of man's capability to travel and explore. The saddle-the epitome of form following function-evolved to meet the utilitarian needs of the rider and his tasks, be they work or pleasure.

Illustrated with historic and contemporary examples of saddle style and decoration, THE ART OF THE WESTERN SADDLE highlights the work of makers such as Visalia Stock Saddle Company, Meana, Miles City Saddlery, Porter, Hamley, Edward H. Bohlin, McCabes, and Keyston Bros., along with contemporary makers such as Chas Weldon, Dale Harwood, Chuck Stormes, Don Butler, Chuck Treon, Jeremiah Watt, and many others. Many saddles of the stars are featured from the golden age of the Hollywood Western; these include outfits belonging to the Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Barbara Stanwyck, Ken Maynard, and Buck Jones.

THE ART OF THE WESTERN SADDLE also provides a look at the many exquisite and unpublished examples of the finest in silver and gold overlay and filigree saddle silver created by the West's preeminent metalsmiths. Featuring 300 photographs, this volume is an absolute must for all equestrians, as well as for collectors and admirers of this unique and totally American craft.

"...incredible photographs...you'll find yourself looking at this coffee-table book again and again, and discovering something new every time."--Horse & Rider

Introduction: The Grace of Tradition
Origins
The Cow and Horse Culture
The Beginnings of Embellishment
Hollywood Horseback
A Settled West
The Saddle Renaissance
The Best of the Best, Old and New
A Thank-you to the Horses
Appendix: Resources
Glossary
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781592280346
ISBN-10: 159228034X
Series: Lyons Press Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st January 2005
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 36.2 x 28.58  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 2.09