Some people have a calling for football or basketball. My calling was saddlemaking,” says Monty Reedy over the clack-clack-clacking of his mallet. Reedy has been passionate about two things nearly his entire life — cowboying and leatherworking. Raised in a ranching and rodeo family near Weatherford, Texas, he spent his childhood years riding bulls before going to college on a rodeo scholarship. Leatherworking came later, at a church camp when he was 8. The counselors introduced him to the basics of the craft, and the hobby fit like a well-worn pair of chaps. Reedy realized the art’s connection to the Western world he’d been a part of since birth and was immediately hooked. He went on to work for King’s Saddlery in Sheridan, Wyoming, where he worked with the likes of leather legends Don Butler and Warren Bard. Just over a decade ago Reedy opened up his own operation in Breckenridge, Texas, where he continues to preserve this Western art form by constructing some of America’s highest quality saddles, briefcases, belts, handbags, and more.
Issue: June 2011