THE EVENT   |  January 13-17, 2021

2021 Advanced Leather Work Clinic – Nancy Martiny


“Beyond the Basics”    

Leather Carving with Nancy Martiny

Thursday January 14th, 2021

Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center

Cost: $195

Join 2021 Art of the Cowgirl Master Saddle Maker Nancy Martiny for a one day class on advanced leather carving and design.  Class instruction will include all elements of traditional leather carving, layout and creation of patterns, as well as adding color, dye, and finishes to your project. Any and all aspects of carving will be addressed, so bring your list of questions, and be prepared to share with the group and learn from each other, as we all seek to improve our skills and continue the tradition of fine, hand carved leather.

Required skills –  A good basic knowledge of traditional leather carving

Required Tools – Students will need to bring their own stamping tools, marble, mallet/maul, notebook, sketch paper, pencils. Optional – Portable personal work light . Full list of materials will be provided to paid participants.

Materials Provided – Scrap leather for practice, Your choice of spur straps or credit card wallet kits.

Open to ages 15 and up. Limited to 12 participants. 

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About Nancy Martiny

Nancy Martiny is a second-generation leatherworker and fourth-generation rancher from Idaho. 

Following in her father’s footsteps, who made purses, belts and wallets for friends and family (and eventually built himself a saddle), Nancy learned the basics of carving leather from him while in high school. She was soon making belts for friends, and a lifelong passion was born.

In 1987, Nancy received two saddle trees as a gift from her husband, and had the great honor of receiving lessons from Master Saddlemaker Dale Harwood. Armed with a notebook, she would visit Dale’s shop over the course of several months to observe his work and receive guidance from the master. 

After building the first saddle for herself, and the next one for her kids, she started getting orders from friends, and a thirty-year career began. She continued her education over the years by attending workshops and studying the work of past and current masters of the art. 

Nancy has always worked from her home shop, while simultaneously raising her family and helping with the family rodeo business and ranch. She currently lives with her husband, Jim, on their 130-year-old family ranch, where they raise beef cattle and enjoy passing their knowledge on to their grandchildren.