Handmade Western Saddles, Tack Repair, and Custom Leatherwork
Quality leather goods made to your specifications: saddles, chaps, chinks, bridles, reins, breast collars, re-enactor and cowboy mounted shooting gear, tool cases, holsters... Stuff for dogs, too! Collars, leashes, harnesses - what do you need?
Keith getting valuable help from staff
The Mask - Custom Project
Jane's new saddle: Wade tree with inlaid padded roughout seat
Blue Dog Leather is a full service leather shop offering hand-built Western saddles, and creation and repairs of all types of tack and custom leather goods. All work is hand-sewn or machine stitched to ensure the best quality work possible. Attention to detail and customer service are a given. We offer free estimates, friendly service, and fast turnaround. We can ship to anywhere, and we're happy to work with photos, sketches, and ideas if you're not in our neighborhood.
Business is growing, and we're happy to say we've expanded into building Western saddles, made to fit you and your horse. Keith travelled to Colorado last summer to study saddlemaking with Jesse Smith, one of America's best saddlemakers. Since then, he has taken several in-depth workshops with other experts such as Pete Gorrell and Rod Nikkel to perfect his skill at building a saddle that truly fits you and your horse. See photos of this saddle and other works in progress at the "Western Saddles" link. We'd be happy to make one for you, too!
We've added a couple of new machines and tools for saddlemaking and to enable high-quality finishing and specialty work. Hand sewing is still often needed for details and authenticity, but it's not always practical or economical. Sewing through delicate garment leather or thick multiple layers of harness requires different techniques and material, and we're happy to be able to provide a full range of options.
Interesting projects come into the shop all the time, and we've added new pictures and descriptions to this web page. In particular, Keith has made or fitted several pieces for Civil War reenactors, and has renovated some fine old saddles that needed new woolskins and lots of repair and TLC. He's also created harmonica cases, re-laced a beautiful tooled purse, and constructed a harness for a pot-bellied pig. And, of course, there's the elephant gas mask....
If you're in the neighborhood, stop by the shop to see what we do. We're always happy to chat about leather and swap a story or two.
We look forward to hearing from you!