Leather as art: The work of Lisa and Loren Skyhorse

Leather as art: The work of Lisa and Loren Skyhorse

Master saddlemakers combine the finest craftsmanship, artistry
A magnificent hand-crafted Skyhorse saddle complete with Texas Longhorn cattle and Spanish-style tapaderos to protect a cowboy’s boots. Titled “The Buckaroos” this saddle seat detail honors cowboy artist Charlie Russell and features sterling silver conchos hand engraved from an original die.
A leather couch in the Skyhorse home has a marvelous hand-tooled eagle dancer which seems to float on the couch’s back.
On a leather door panel, a cowboy reaches down to hobble his horse. Master craftspeople, Lisa and Loren Skyhorse create sculptural art.
A detail of a Skyhorse saddle is actually a self-portrait of Loren and one of his dogs. The saddle has several phrases etched into the leather including “Speak Kindly.” The Skyhorses produce elaborately themed saddles.
A grizzly bear stares out from a half saddle used as wall art in the Skyhorse’s Santa Fe-style home. Lisa and Loren Skyhorse continue to innovate with leather.
This amazing leather tableau features one horse with a saddle blanket and another wearing a saddle. A Skyhorse trademark is crafting flat leather to become three-dimensional art.
Loren works on a saddle to get just the right look of age into new leather so it has a fine patina though it has yet to sit a rider.
Detail of the Skyhorses’ unique chair includes a special leather medallion that proclaims, accented by bullet cartridges, “Sit back & enjoy the ride,” a standard rodeo admonition.
This elaborate custom chair was a design hit and an award-winner. It features everything an armchair cowboy would want.
Lisa Skyhorse draws and designs each piece of Skyhorse leatherwork. Here, one of her original drawings demonstrates how custom saddles are first planned with each saddle having its own template and every one ready to ride.
The Skyhorse leather logo on each saddle includes a number and date for an exclusive saddle registry. In 40 years of working together, with Loren beginning as Lisa’s apprentice, Lisa and Loren Skyhorse have created more than 1,000 saddles.
This detail of a hand-crafted Skyhorse saddle shows a Texas Longhorn cattle herd.
Leather artist Lisa Skyhorse poses with her grizzly bear half-saddle tableau. The Skyhorses have mastered leather as conceptual Western art.
This is a Skyhorse saddle graphically depicting a Plains Indian buffalo hunt. Known as the White Buffalo Calf saddle, it was handcarved and painted by Lisa with braiding by Loren. Each side has a different hunt scene.
Loren and Lisa Skyhorse build saddles that are works of art in their leather workshop with the tools of their trade. Some of them from Loren’s harness-making great-grandfather are hanging in racks behind them.

Leather as art: The work of Lisa and Loren Skyhorse

A magnificent hand-crafted Skyhorse saddle complete with Texas Longhorn cattle and Spanish-style tapaderos to protect a cowboy’s boots. Titled “The Buckaroos” this saddle seat detail honors cowboy artist Charlie Russell and features sterling silver conchos hand engraved from an original die.
A leather couch in the Skyhorse home has a marvelous hand-tooled eagle dancer which seems to float on the couch’s back.
On a leather door panel, a cowboy reaches down to hobble his horse. Master craftspeople, Lisa and Loren Skyhorse create sculptural art.
A detail of a Skyhorse saddle is actually a self-portrait of Loren and one of his dogs. The saddle has several phrases etched into the leather including “Speak Kindly.” The Skyhorses produce elaborately themed saddles.
A grizzly bear stares out from a half saddle used as wall art in the Skyhorse’s Santa Fe-style home. Lisa and Loren Skyhorse continue to innovate with leather.
This amazing leather tableau features one horse with a saddle blanket and another wearing a saddle. A Skyhorse trademark is crafting flat leather to become three-dimensional art.
Loren works on a saddle to get just the right look of age into new leather so it has a fine patina though it has yet to sit a rider.
Detail of the Skyhorses’ unique chair includes a special leather medallion that proclaims, accented by bullet cartridges, “Sit back & enjoy the ride,” a standard rodeo admonition.
This elaborate custom chair was a design hit and an award-winner. It features everything an armchair cowboy would want.
Lisa Skyhorse draws and designs each piece of Skyhorse leatherwork. Here, one of her original drawings demonstrates how custom saddles are first planned with each saddle having its own template and every one ready to ride.
The Skyhorse leather logo on each saddle includes a number and date for an exclusive saddle registry. In 40 years of working together, with Loren beginning as Lisa’s apprentice, Lisa and Loren Skyhorse have created more than 1,000 saddles.
This detail of a hand-crafted Skyhorse saddle shows a Texas Longhorn cattle herd.
Leather artist Lisa Skyhorse poses with her grizzly bear half-saddle tableau. The Skyhorses have mastered leather as conceptual Western art.
This is a Skyhorse saddle graphically depicting a Plains Indian buffalo hunt. Known as the White Buffalo Calf saddle, it was handcarved and painted by Lisa with braiding by Loren. Each side has a different hunt scene.
Loren and Lisa Skyhorse build saddles that are works of art in their leather workshop with the tools of their trade. Some of them from Loren’s harness-making great-grandfather are hanging in racks behind them.
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