In 1957 my grandfather, Weldon Burgoon, opened Weldon's Saddle Shop in Denton Texas. My mom, uncle, and grandmother helped him start the business by making hand made products such as ropes, belts, saddles, and other leather goods to sell inside the shop. When saddle making was slow he picked up a few retail items like hats, boots, and shirts in order to keep cash flow going. As the years went by Weldon's Saddle Shop grew out of that old shack and into a bigger building that's been located on the same street corner since 1957 in downtown Denton Texas. Their hard work, dedication, and knowledge has supported our family in more ways than I can describe. Weldon built over 150 custom saddles during his career amongst countless other leather goods. After 60 years of business my family closed Weldon's in 2017 but the legacy lives on through my work.
I never had the privilege to meet my other Grandfather, "Smokey" Wilkinson, but he was a cowboy too. He raised my Dad & 3 brothers around the farm which led him into a professional calf roping career. I was raised around leather, western, and "the cowboy way" my entire childhood.