Entries by Megan Baumeister

Cody High Style – A New Beginning at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center

Seeking to find a fresh start, but using the philosophies of the original Western Design Conference, the Cody craftsmen came together to form the Cody Western Artisans Guild in 2007. The original guild had twenty-six members, representing Cody’s finest craftsmen: Jim Anderson, Scott Armstrong, Maurice Brown, John Cash, Brice & Yazmhil Corman, Jimmy Covert, Lynda […]

The Molesworth Exhibition, J. Mike Patrick, and the Beginning of the Western Design Conference

While Siggins and Covert were busy building their style of western furniture, another builder from Cody and the assistant director of the renowned Buffalo Bill Historical Center were both taking steps that would eventually lead to the Western Design Conference and forever change the face of western style. Wally Reber spent thirty years working at […]

1960–Late 1980’s: Ken Siggins Carries the Torch

Of the craftsmen who have been part of Cody’s furniture making history since Thomas Molesworth, Ken Siggins best bridges the time from the 1960s to today’s modern style. A Cody native, Ken grew up on a guest ranch established by his grandfather in 1917. 19 After high school, Siggins moved to Los Angeles where he […]

Introduction to Western Studio Furniture

The West has long captured the imagination. From the historic departure of the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804 to the tens of thousands who braved the Oregon Trail in the 1840s and 50s, Americans have been enthralled with the adventure and allure of the American West. As stories of these early pioneers made their […]