Teaching the Leather Trade

I do teach saddle making, saddle repair, saddle designing, silver design, layout patterns, All Styles, Horns, Ground work, and Configurations. For example, keep these areas in mind when you build a West Coast Cutter that there are standards on how the connectors attach even the groundwork. This holds true in 80% of these names: Ropers, Cutters, Ranch Cutters, Sorters, Barrel Racers and Reiners as in a Lomis or Lawson. There are special Features also in the “Wade” or “Afork” drop Plate rigging such as powder River Style to just plan full (5/8) rigged all different combinations. This can mean a Specific Named Saddle designed plus look.  My knowledge insures this and so much more.

In saddle design there are standards also for the Saddle to have a True Western look. There are measurements which if not adhered to ……..well, you have seen the bad results on that. I believe enough has been said.

Teaching Saddle Repair ……………
Now, if you want to be a true Saddle Maker and (sky’s the limit), this is where I say the foundation is built.

You will at least make a living while your years add up with knowledge; as well as paying your dues so to speak.  I myself learned in the following order: Starting in 1967 to 1970:

1) Saddle Cleaning and Conditioning – (6 months)
2) Saddle repair (used) – (6 months)
3) Saddle making (custom) One year, 1970 to Present  3600 Hour Diploma,
4) Saddle designing (custom) since 1970 to Present,
5) Teaching, New, since 1987 to Present,
6) Manufacturing, New, Cut room Tech, and finishing since 1990,
7) Teaching Manufacturing (New) and designing Rule dyes
8) Since 1990 Tree making and designing, and building.
9) Then teaching since 2004 to present.

(But) a few whom I’ve known teaching leather . . .

Name: Type: Location:
Frank McKay Voc-Tech Oklahoma
Ray (Shorty) Stiles Voc-Tech Oklahoma
Kenneth Hoover Voc-Tech Oklahoma
Melvin Stockton Voc-Tech Oklahoma
Ed Newman Voc-Tech Oklahoma
Charles Veach Saddle Store Tulsa, Oklahoma
Billy Cook Saddlery Voc-Tech Sulphur, Oklahoma
Bill Robinson Visala Visala, California
Steve Schmit M. L. Leddy Fort Worth, Texas
Brad Foster M. L. Leddy Fort Worth, Texas
Brenda M. L. Leddy Fort Worth, Texas
Werner Steckelbruck Triple Horn Saddlery
and here we are.
Waldfeucht, Germany













All have had a hand in my style and technique. There have been other saddle makers though whom I worked and exchanged teaching styles and techniques that are not listed. And there were saddle makers whom over the years just came by my store and shop and wanted to show me their techniques they use on a saddle I would be building. This happened with a saddle maker from Australia which (darn) I hope he reads this and sends me his name and photos of those Birds in his back yard. He showed me those pictures of exotic birds and I can’t get them out of my mind. His saddle making was very nice, Cutters, too! I cannot tell you how much enjoyment I’ve received in my trade.  It never gets boring. You must meet so many great folks and you get to work with history. When you are blessed to teach some day, then give it your all in teaching. You allow another to begin that learning cycle which never ends, “ Man or Woman………..teaching”. It keeps you sharp. Learning moves you forward, people make you smile.

Partners / Contractors / Design / Training

Oak Brand Leather

Is a company which has the background to help you in caring for your leather. In addition, we offer our

in all areas of leather custom building and industry manufacturing. As in most areas now, the old

(correct way) of caring for leather or the ”True Quality finish of long ago Lost Technique” has been set aside for incorrect,

quick application finishing products that create multiple leather deterioration and problems.

I am blessed in my expertise and love building and designing saddles and custom leather projects.

Trust me, nothing speaks more than the men and women who love and work as craftsmen with

of long ago and today. Though they have passed on to our final home, they still can be

heard in their work which tells of their craftsmanship and love in what they did and the joy of

leaving a part of their life to be remembered and cherished. I think we should take care of it as

they would ask us to do, so use a product that will do what it says it will do.

OakBrand Leather Conditioner was developed by a master saddle maker,

saddle repairman and designer of 43 years with degree and true knowledge from our past saddle makers and craftsmen.

While I have been blessed to learn, share and carry on a true heritage, I give all the glory and thanks to God.


Below we have divided our leather work into the following sections:

1 Partners – (people with whom we’ve worked).

2 Leather design – professional quality leather collaboration and design.

3 Contractors – assorted contractors with whom we’ve worked.
4 Students – with whom we’ve trained.

Companies with whom we’ve worked:

Chester’s Western Wear – Oklahoma

Larry Fare’s Western Wear – Oklahoma

Mike’s Custom Saddles – Oklahoma

Martin Saddlery – Texas

Billy Cook Saddlery – Oklahoma

M.L. Leddy’s Saddle & Boots – Texas

Cowboy Tack – Texas

Longhorn Saddlery – Texas

Muzquiz Western Outfitters – Mexico

We offer an extensive list of professional credentials with our quality leather design work.
We have designed for:

Cris Cox – Texas

Teskey’s – Texas

Action Company – Texas

Paul Taylor’s Saddlery – Texas

Cowboys Western Supply – Louisiana

Equibrand – Texas

Dover Saddles – New York

Cowboy’s Professional Rodeo – Texas

Triple Horn Saddlery – Germany

Cashel Saddlery – Chehalis, Washington

Martin Saddlery – Texas

In addition, the companies above represent some of the finest men and women involved in our western heritage in sales, manufacturing, custom saddles, tack and more.

______ Ed ”Oak” Mathieus

Contracting done for assorted Las Vegas casinos:

During the years from 1991- 2005, Oak Brand Leather designed, contracted, and did specialty leather design projects for the majority of Las Vegas, Nevada Casino chains:

Bellagio Hotel & Casino

Station Hotel & Casinos

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Luxor Hotel & Casino

Excalibur Hotel & Casino

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

Marnell Carrara Casino Construction Co.

These are only a few of the Las Vegas Casinos we contracted for over the years.
Oak Brand Leather can handle any design or contract related to leather, western heritage or design.

In addition to consulting, manufacturing and other expertise assistance, we also offer a leather training division. Below are people (our students) and agencies with whom we have taught the leather trade.

Saddle, Tack & Repair Diploma(s)/Certificate(s) awarded to the following:

Warner Stuckleburk Triple Horn, Germany

Robbin Brunk – Vassile Saddle Co., California

Larry Church – O.S.I., Oklahoma

Marvin Christmas – Christmas Saddles, Oklahoma

Jeff Stalls (Deceased) worked for Severe Saddle Tree & Saddles, Nevada

Doug Gallia – Desert Saddlery, Nevada