We came across this rustic-looking fellow at the Bar-U Ranch, about an hour’s drive south of Calgary. He’s a leather-worker by trade and makes saddles. He’s very much of the 21st century, although from the photos it seems he would fit in well in the days of the Wild West 150 years earlier.
He’s a cowboy poet and recited several of his poems for us, which were good. But what interested me most is what he was making the day we visited because it wasn’t a saddle. He was making a miniature pair of chaps for his one year old grandson!