Keith began his leatherworking career at 12 years of age working at the boot shop in his home town of Cody, Wyoming. He bought his first stitcher at 13 and started making saddles for a local saddle shop a year later. After finishing school, he traveled the western United States from saddle shop to saddle shop learning and developing new skills. He has been privileged to study under dozens of saddle makers gleaning as much information from them as possible, and then build literally hundreds of saddles while refining those skills during this time.
He has always had a love of horses and has ridden for trainers, packers, dude ranches, and cow outfits along the way. These experiences have given him the opportunity to study saddles in action; not only his, but others. He was able to test the performance of different methods of construction as well as the comfort and performance of the various riders and horses in vastly different situations. This experience has proven invaluable in expertly fitting saddles to horses’ backs in the years to follow.
Keith specializes in creating highly decorated and heavily tooled leather goods, including saddles, briefcases, desk accessories, and belts, much of which is mounted with silver and gold. His work has been featured in many magazines around the country, including Cowboys & Indians, American Cowboy, Western Horseman, Architectural Digest, Cowgirl Magazine, and Ranch & Reata.
Keith says that “the cowboy way of life is very traditional. I hope that the quality and style of my work has, and will continue to support that tradition.”
- Saddlemaker of the Year 2012 by the Academy of Western Artists
- Best Tooled Saddle Award at the World Leather Debut in Sheridan, Wyoming; 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2010, 2014
- Best of Show, Best Workmanship, and Best Tooling at the Wichita Falls Boot and Saddlemaker Roundup, 2004 and 2011
- Switchback Purchase Award, Cody High Style, 2009
- Best Artist in Leather, Western Design Conference , 2013, and 2014