Sculpting a Charro Saddle

Many first generation Anglo Cowboys had missing thumbs. Often they were unable to rope their steer, wind the rope around the saddle horn and then remove their hand before the animal pulled tight. Consequently they lost their thumb. Mexican horsemen didn’t have this problem with the saddle of the Charro. It has a wide horn and a wooden tree which helps safeguard the Charro from being “hung-up.” They soon schooled their American counterparts. The Charro is a very practical and safe way to ride and rope. It is often an elaborate mixture of inlayed woods, delicately tooled leather with silver conchos, and greatly prized by its owner

Four hundred years of caring for large animals on ranches are behind the competition known as Charreda. Handed down from generation to generation, and performed in a liengo (arena), which is shaped like a keyhole. Each competitor is dressed in the traditional suit (traje) or the Charro

In 1921, an association was established called “Asociacion Nacional de Charros.” Charreria was a precursor and inspiration for the popular American type of Rodeo that we enjoy today.

Charreda is sometimes called the National Sport of Mexico, but it is more than that. IT IS A TRADITION!

Charro #4Several months ago, I came across a Charro saddle at a local saddle shop. After carefully examining it, I knew I’d one day attempt to sculpt it. I looked at it month after month, always questioning my ability. Finally in June 2009,

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  1. Tom Waicekauskas says:

    Good going, the level of detail and the way you make things that are carved in wood, but not wood looking. Great Job keep it up!

    A fellow Profitable Hobbiest. See you online Wednesday evening!

  2. Thanks Tom. I have learned, as each of us do, that to be a successful artist, we must continue to challenge ourselves. This sculpture is certainly challenging my abilities. However, I have proven to myself that if I continue to challenge… success will eventually be mine. DD

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