Join the McFaddin-Ward House for “The Artistry of Ranching Leatherwork, Silver and Saddlery,” a free public lecture presented by Troy West on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Visitor Center Lecture Hall (located at 1906 Calder Avenue, in Beaumont).
Master saddle maker and Texas native Troy West will share insights into the artistry and history of ranching leatherwork, silver, and saddlery, highlighting how the saddle is both a true piece of working equipment, as well as an artform and an important part of many Texas legends.
A true contemporary cowboy artist, West has made a career of crafting leather masterworks. As a member of the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association, for four decades West has created custom works for his clientele, demonstrating his skill and passion for the art of the American Cowboy.
West has earned many accolades for his craftsmanship, including winning Best of Show at the Boot and Saddlemaker Roundup five times, receiving the Will Rogers Award for Saddlemaker of the Year, and being commissioned by Denver, Colorado’s 100th National Western Stock Show as one of only four U.S. saddle makers to build a special saddle to be shown and auctioned.
McFaddin-Ward House lectures are free and open to the public, but space is limited. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, call 409-832-2134.