Featured Saddles : (Click on image to view more info.)
Saddle 1: Fully tooled "Cowboy Crescent Moon" saddle
Saddle 2: Douglas 38 Wade full roughout
Saddle 3: Lady Wade half breed; 26-28 lbs
Above photos by Twna Douglas. For more photos from the 2010 Art of the Cowboy Makers Show, go to www.twna.jalbum.net
Click here to view a slideshow of Justin building a saddle from start to finish!
Justin Davies, Custom Saddlemaker - Three Forks, Montana
Born and raised in Wyoming, Justin Davies has long valued the cowboy way of life and understands the authenticity and pride of quality cowboy gear. While in college at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, Justin worked summers at the Diamond 4 Ranch and Three Quarter Circle Ranch in Lander, Wyoming. After college, he went to work on Veltkamp Livestock Co. for 4 years. During that time, he started to learn the art of building custom saddles.
Since 2000, Justin has built saddles for pickup men, pen riders, saddle collectors, ropers, barrel racers, and ranchers. In 2005, he opened Four D Saddlery, now known as Justin Davies Custom Saddles. In 2006, Justin was awarded the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Scholarship. With the scholarship, he had the honor of working with master saddlemaker and member of the TCAA (Traditional Cowboy Arts Association), Cary Schwarz from Salmon, Idaho. Justin and his wife, Lora, an equine photographer, live in Three Forks, Montana.
All of Justin's experiences and learning has led him to strive for excellence in saddle building and work everyday to improve and learn his trade. As many cowboy cultures are scattering to the wind, Justin makes it his mission to keep traditional values and practices part of his everyday life. His saddles reflect these values with top-of-the-line craftsmanship paired with everyday practicality and usefulness. Only a cowboy knows the importance of a good horse and a good saddle that can get the job done...
(Above) Justin Davies and Roger Allgeier of Brighton Saddlery, Brighton Colorado with the winning 3rd place ribbon for the National Bit Spur and Saddle Collectors Show in the Saddles category.
Justin's saddles have been displayed at the following shows & venues:
2007 and 2008 Brighton Saddlery Invitational Saddlemakers Show in Brighton, Colorado
2008 National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado
10th World Championship Ranch Rodeo in Amarillo, Texas
2009 National Bit, Spur and Saddle Collectors Assocation Show in Loveland, Colorado
2009 Rocky Mountain Leather Show, Sheridan, Wyoming
2010 Art of the Cowboy Makers Show in Loveland, Colorado
2010 Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Museum, Colorado Spring, Colorado