A Canadian native, Jeremiah got his start in saddlemaking in 1976 at a saddle making school in Amarillo, Texas. After that he traveled around the country visiting saddle shops before he landed a job with Chuck Stormes of Calgary, Canada. After seven years he moved to the U.S, working as a ranch hand and building saddles and bits in the evening. After several years of roaming Jeremiah and his family settled in California.
A few years ago the Western Folklife Center commissioned Jeremiah Watt to make a saddle for our collection. We have asked him to describe his vision for the saddle and keep us posted in its progress through this periodic weblog from his shop in Coalinga.