A Visit from Cowboy Craftsmen

We were recently honored by the visit of two highly distinguished cowboy arts craftsmen.

 

Alfredo Campos, from Federal Way Washington, is one of the world’s foremost horsehair hitchers. In 1999 he was honored with a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. David and Alfredo have known and encouraged each other for a very long time. Alfredo provided a quirt or two for our old Ballard store.

 

A couple of weeks ago Alfredo brought his Argentinian friend, Pablo Lozano to our new location in Bothell. He was accompanied by translator and Floridian cowboy Domingo Hernandez.

 

Pablo learned much of his craft from Luis Alberto Flores of Buenes Aires whom David had corresponded with from 1966 until recently. Luis Flores had hosted Bruce Grant in Argentina and taught him techniques which appear in the Encyclopedia of Leather and Rawhide Braiding. Pablo showed us a braid (using kangaroo leather!) that Bruce Grant had not documented in his book.

 

Pablo is a member of the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association.

 

We had an excellent time exchanging braiding tips and looking at the gaucho’s amazing work.

 

You can get some idea in the photographs below the patience and skill invested in creating these beautiful pieces.

 

Below, Alfredo’s hitched horsehair work:

 

Alfredo hitched horsehair belt

 Alfredo hitched horsehair belt

Alfredo hitched horsehair belt

Hitched horsehair belt (three sections of the belt)

 Alfredo hitched horsehair hat band

Hitched horsehair hat band

 Alfredo hitched horsehair quirt

Alfredo hitched horsehair quirt

Hitched horsehair quirt

 

Domingo and David

Domingo and David

 

Domingo, Pablo, David and Alfredo

Domingo, Pablo, David and Alfredo

 

Meagan, David and Pablo

Meagan, David and Pablo

 

Below, Pablo’s rawhide work. The colors are obtained from coffee or walnut shells.

Hatband, eyeglass holder and lanyard

 

Hatband, eyeglass holder and lanyard

Scabbard 

 

Knife handle wrap and scabbard

Reins with quirt end

 

Reins with quirt end

 

 

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