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K. Adam Tanner spent much of his childhood on his grandfather’s ranch outside Wilcox, Arizona, working with colts and cattle. He loved all the work, but there was one part of the cowboy lifestyle that especially caught his imagination: the intricately crafted leathers of saddles and tack. With the help of an uncle and a Tandy leather craft set that showed up under the Christmas tree one year, Tanner began to advance his skills as a hobbyist. Meanwhile, he got intimately acquainted with saddles from another angle—riding bucking horses in the rodeo ring. With an eye toward both comfort and flash, Tanner began to make custom rodeo accoutrements, fitting each saddle not only to its rider but also to the body of the horse, which was especially appreciated by his centaur customers. In addition to saddles, Tanner trains his leather skills on holsters, belts, chaps, briefcases, and even notebook covers stamped with ornate, swirling flowers and oak leaves.