This working saddle, decorated with geometric stamping, is built on a Homestead tree with a 15 1/2-inch seat, 3-inch by 4-inch Guadalajara horn and 4 1/2-inch by 12-inch semi-shovel cantle. Other features include an Oregon cross over rope strap, 7/8 flat plate rigging, hidden stitch straight up cantle binding and an 8-button seat. The 5-inch Keith Wilson stirrups have heel blocks and leather stamping on the interior.
KEITH DUNCAN, Saddlemaker, Dixon, Wyoming
Keith Duncan is a fourth generation rancher and second-generation leather worker. He first became interested in leather through his maternal grandfather who built and repaired local ranchers' tack in his spare time. What began with building headstalls and breastcollars on the kitchen table has evolved into a custom saddle making business. After returning to the family ranch his interest in building a saddle for himself led him to apprentice with Bill Fournier in Saratoga, Wyoming, in 2000. In the years since he has had the opportunity to spend time with other makers he admires; some of these educational experiences were made possible through the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association’s scholarship program. Keith’s saddles are built with the working cowboy in mind, understanding the desire and need for equipment that is good looking, rugged, functional, and that will last for years.
Photos by Adam Jahiel