Rocky Mountain Leathercrafters Meet in Sheridan

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Mark Barcus trying his hand at braiding.
Mark Barcus trying his hand at braiding.

This past weekend, hundreds of leathercrafters converged on the Sheridan Holiday Inn for the 20th annual Rocky Mountain Leather Trade Show and Sheridan Media's Judy Hagerott brings us this story.

It was everything you ever wanted to know and everything you ever needed to work with leather at the 20th annual Rocky Mountain Leather Trade Show. Fifty-five vendors selling everything from paints and patterns to tools and tack, anything and everything a leather worker would need.

The largest leather show in the nation, leathercrafters from as far away as Germany, Sweden, China and Japan came to Sheridan for a look. Charil Reis says it's not about finding a finished product.

But why would someone travel the world to attend a show like this?

Mark Barcus owns a small saddle shop in Lusk and tells us why he has attended these past twenty years.

Now, I didn't drool and I sure don't brand, but there sure was a lot of todo about leather. They even had the 12th annual World Leather Debut, an exhibit featuring the most amazing artwork in leather craft. Purses, book covers, saddles, sculptures, there was even a rifle scabbard made out of alligator skin.

But to take a look around, there sure were a lot of cowboy hats and boots at the show, but Colorado custom saddle maker Jesse Smith reassured me, that everyone was welcome to the show.

He said, even I could work with leather.

But for most of the visitors and vendors alike, one sentiment rang true as Charil Reis explains.

The leather show also hosted 43 workshops where participants could receive hands-on, in person instruction from professional leather artists and craft people.

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