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Working Ranch - November/December 2017

Oliver Saddle Shop celebrates 100 years with some cowboy challenge fundraising fun, Amarillo-style he agriculture way of life has been handed down from generation to generation. The skills needed to be successful come from the generations before us. Technology and great inventions make life a little easier at times but the ideas start from past experiences and our past generations. This is what makes our way of life just a little different from the rest of the world. Oliver Saddle Shop in Amarillo, Texas is no different. Just like the working ranches learned from past STORY AND PHOTOS BY SHAIE WILLIAMS generations so did the current generation at Oliver Saddle Shop. They celebrate 100 years in the saddle making business this year. Richard Oliver, the third generation and current owner, learned the trade from his father Bill Oliver and grandfather C. W. Oliver. Currently Richard Oliver has both of his sons working for him building saddles and learning the business the best way they can - by hands on experience. Bryan Oliver, 43 and his brother Zeb, 40, have both been building saddles and working in the family business for most of their adult lives. They have kids that are slowly learning the craft and family business, making this a saddle shop of fi ve generations. EARLY YEARS C. W. (Claude) Oliver started working leather when he was 17 years old. He worked as a harness and saddle maker for several years before he established Oliver Saddle Shop in Vernon, TX in 1917 after he purchased an existing saddle shop. Bill Oliver grew up working in the shop and building saddles. He moved to Prescott, Arizona 98 I WORKING RANCH I NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017


Working Ranch - November/December 2017
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