Saddle making

Custom Saddle Making Classes at JS Saddlery

We regret to inform you that we are no longer offering saddle making classes at JS Saddlery.  We appreciate your interest.

I have taught folks from 18 years old to 74 years old I strive to enrich your experience so that you will enjoy working with leather, yes your hands may hurt but what you will gain is hard to describe. – James

See some of the students and their saddle making process.

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Saddle Making Class Testimonials

James – I just wanted to thank you so very much for my week with you last August. I ride my saddle often and have had some very nice compliments on it. It was so very nice to be accepted into your shop, family, and friends.
Larry Carter

If you are interested in learning how to make a saddle there is no better person than James Sturgeon at JS Saddlery to guide you through this fun experience . James is a 3rd, generation saddle-maker and a true cowboy . you will make an exceptionally high quality saddle that is pleasing to the eye , safe , very strong , functional and the style of your choice . you will do all the work under the guidance of James and be very proud of the final product . I have taught high school and college agriculture for 28 years and I am very impressed with James’ ability to impart his knowledge to the student . please feel free to call me if more information is needed.
Happy Trails, Dave Carroll Fallbrook CA. (760)728-7468
Dave Carroll

74 Years Old, never worked with leather in my life, started and finished his Saddle in under 50 Hours. Thanks James.
Jack M. Curtis

Don’t do what I did. I’ve been wanting to build a saddle for nine years. I was afraid I might screw it up. I had a blast learning to build and repair a saddle. I was shoeing a horse for a client today and they said they had a saddle with broken strings. I took a look at it and with what I learned from James I said no problem. Don’t put it off any longer to get your butt in a saddle you made. THANKS JAMES Madras,OR.
George Albert

Hey James, I can’t thank you enough for your help in making this saddle. I am too damn proud of it and the extra pieces I bought from you just completes the saddle.
Matt Wheaton