Sheridan School of Saddlery




The saddle making course is designed for individuals who have a working knowledge of leatherwork and a desire to take their abilities to the next level. The overarching purpose is to teach techniques and the procedures of building the basic saddle. Students can expect specific instruction on the following: tools (purchasing, using, maintaining), set up their shop, shop etiquette, tree fit and ordering, detailed teaching about not just how to build a saddle but the "whys" involved too.


This is a unique opportunity to learn basic saddle making from a saddle maker who has learned and honed his skills in a traditional apprenticeship background, all but gone now in this day of instant information and the significant value placed on degrees. The Sheridan area is steeped in an old and rich tradition of different makers and still ranks as a mecca for people interested in this trade. It is the one place in the country where you can learn saddlery, purchase the complete tools needed to start a shop and have a source for all the supplies you need.

The course cost will include materials, but each student is responsible for food and lodging. Students are encouraged to bring tools. If they do not own them, a basic list will be provided along with supplier information. Learning to use and maintain your own tools is a critical part of being a saddler.

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Paul is a very patient and precise teacher.  In the three weeks I was with him, he taught me many details regarding saddle making, like building the parts of the saddle that you can't see just as well as the parts that you can.  Quality, inside and out, is something that he really believes in, and it comes across in all that he teaches.


He also helped me with finding and buying the right tools.  I didn't end up with a hundred tools I don't use.  Actually, we only bought about 10.  But it was just enough to do the job well, and I was thankful to be able to start out with exactly what I needed.


Last, but definitely not least, we had a ton of fun together during the long hours of hard work at the shop.  Thank you for everything, Paul.  If I could come again, I would!


Ben Maurer



757 Highway 14 East Sheridan, WY 82801

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