“The Buffalo Armoire” Walnut Armoire with Sculpted & Painted Leather Panels. Artisans Lisa and Loren Skyhorse in collaboration with Shane Hughes.
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The “Buffalo Hunt” armoire is a joint venture between Lisa and Loren Skyhorse, master saddle makers, and leather artists (CO) and master woodworker, Shane Hughes (MT). A labor of love of this magnitude–spanning the Rocky Mountain walnut with hand-cut dovetails, mortise and tenon joinery. Hand-carved and painted leather panels
Lisa and Loren are a full-time saddle maker team. Together they have built over 1,000 saddles since 1974! They’ve become known for a classically built Western Saddle with an elegant and contemporary flavor and ride. Each saddle is a one-of-a-kind heirloom piece. Lisa is known for her unique carving and painting, and Loren is famous for his silver and leather braiding. The couple’s dedication to leather work has expanded into architectural work, wall art, and much more. Their other passion is traveling to nomadic horse cultures to work with the horsemen, bringing tools and supplies to locations as far as Mongolia, the Altai Mountains in Russia, and Peru. They have just been awarded a fellowship to Morocco to immerse themselves in traditional Moroccan leathercraft. Lisa and Loren have two children, two grandchildren, and live in Durango, CO with their three horses.