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Leather is his business: Five Minutes with Doug MacPherson

Leather is his business: Five Minutes with Doug MacPherson

Whenever a business has been around for more than a century, it must be doing something right. Doug MacPherson’s great-grandfather, George MacPherson, started Montana Shoe Co. in Butte in 1908. Butte’s population had grown to nearly 100,000 during the years surrounding World War I, as the Mi…

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Processed leather awaits customers

Processed leather awaits customers

Processed leather awaits customers at Montana Leather.

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Montana Leather has a 104-year history

Montana Leather has a 104-year history

Montana Leather Co. has been in business for 104 years.

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Doug MacPherson talks about Montana Leather

Doug MacPherson talks about Montana Leather

Doug MacPherson talks about Montana Leather's 104-year history in Montana. The fourth-generation, family-owned business began as a company repairing shoes and mule harnesses. It is charging into the future with a website designed to increase their mail-order business, which already goes arou…

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Schenk's Shoe and Saddle Repair in Harlowton

Schenk's Shoe and Saddle Repair in Harlowton

Wes Schenk, of Schenk's Shoe and Saddle Repair in Harlowton, is among the remaining few saddle makers in this region operating retail stores.

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Wes Schenk, of Schenk's Shoe and Saddle Repair

Wes Schenk, of Schenk's Shoe and Saddle Repair

Wes Schenk, owner of Schenk's Shoe and Saddle Repair in Harlowton, is among a few saddle makers in the area that still operate retail stores. 

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Gordon Andrus relaxes

Gordon Andrus relaxes

After a long day's work in the isolation of his custom saddle shop, Gordon Andrus takes time to play fetch with his new dog.

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Gordon Andrus works leather

Gordon Andrus works leather

Gordon Andrus carves details into a strap of leather, which he'll add to one of his custom saddles when the piece is finished.

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Gordon  Andrus' tools

Gordon Andrus' tools

Gordon Andrus, who fell in love with leather making back in the 1970s, inherited many of his tools from his grandfather.

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Saddle maker preserves the cowboy way -- with bling

Saddle maker preserves the cowboy way -- with bling

CODY, Wyo. — With the stove pouring out heat and the dog asleep on the floor, Gordon Andrus pulls down his visor and runs a finger over the carved leather of his new saddle.

March 22, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Suitcase

Suitcase

When storing your holiday decor, keep your Christmas linens and tree skirt safe in an old suitcase. Separate the garments with a dryer sheet to keep them smelling fresh until next year.

January 02, 2011 2:45 pm

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