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Western Legacies #7: Luis Ortega's Rawhide Artistry: Braiding in the California Tradition

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An acclaimed rawhide braider of horse gear, Luis Ortega elevated his craft to collectible art and influenced a generation of gear makers. This book is the most comprehensive overview of his life, art, and career and the first book-length work on rawhide braiding in North America, charting changes in horse gear over five decades.

Chuck Stormes and Don Reeves introduce readers to an itinerant cowboy who strove for a level of craftsmanship and artistry above what the market expected—and to be the best in his field. Although grounded in the Spanish vaquero tradition, Ortega’s work was shaped by his quest for excellence and an intuitive sense of how to fashion humble items into objects of lasting beauty. Ever a private man, he viewed his craft as a calling yet rarely sought attention even after his reputation was established.

More than a biography, the book is a richly illustrated overview of this expert braider’s art. Some 100 illustrations, 70 in color, offer close-ups of Ortega’s work that depict the intricacy of his reins, quirts, and other pieces. From eight-strand reatas to figure-eight hobbles, the beauty, functionality, and painstaking care of his output shine through in every piece.

This elegant volume allows readers to better understand the Hispanic foundations of the American cowboy as it portrays the work of a man recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as a Master Traditional Artist. It will stand as a definitive work on Ortega and a tribute to his craft.

Book News Annotation:

Authors Stormes (award-winning saddle maker) and Reeves (chair, cowboy culture, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum) offer a look at the life and art of Luis B. Ortega, acclaimed rawhide braider of horse gear. Ortega's talent raised the status of his braiding from working gear to collectible art and influenced a generation of gear makers. Essentially, the book is both biography of a singular artist but it is more so a pictorial illustration of Ortega's art. Roughly 100 photographs and illustrations are included. Oversize: 9x11". Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The most comprehensive overview of Ortega's life, art, and career

Synopsis:

An acclaimed rawhide braider of horse gear, Luis Ortega elevated his craft to collectible art and influenced a generation of gear makers. This book is the most comprehensive overview of his life, art, and career and the first book-length work on rawhide braiding in North America, charting changes in horse gear over five decades.

About the Author

Chuck Stormes is an award-winning saddle maker who lives in Alberta, Canada. He is a founding member and past president of the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association.�

Mehl Lawson is a renowned champion horseman, rawhide braider, and award-winning sculptor of western and cowboy art who lives in Bonita, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806140919
Author:
Stormes, Chuck
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Foreword by:
Lawson, Mehl
Foreword:
Lawson, Mehl
Author:
Reeves, Don
Author:
Lawson, Mehl
Subject:
Western riding -- Equipment and supplies.
Subject:
Ortega, Luis Birabent
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - General
Subject:
Technical & Manufacturing Industries & Trades
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Western Legacies Series
Series Volume:
07
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
31 b&w illus., 71 color photos
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
11 x 9 x 0.57 in 2.08 lb

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An acclaimed rawhide braider of horse gear, Luis Ortega elevated his craft to collectible art and influenced a generation of gear makers. This book is the most comprehensive overview of his life, art, and career and the first book-length work on rawhide braiding in North America, charting changes in horse gear over five decades.
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