A Cowboy's Artist

Bill OwenWestern artist Bill Owen leaves behind more than 40 years worth of paintings that preserve contemporary cowboy life in Arizona. PHOTO BY WALTER WORKMAN

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Mad Hatter

Sheila KirkpatrickWhen it comes to a cowboy's topper, the moniker "Mad Hatter" refers to more than an eccentric character in Alice in Wonderland. The origin of the term comes from the phrase "as mad as a hatter," referring to the neurological disorders some old-time hat makers suffered from breathing vapors from the mercury used to cure pelts. Today, most hats are made in factories where machines do much of the manufacturing, but there are still custom hatters who preserve and perpetuate their traditional cowboy craft.

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Silver & Saddles

Capriolas InteriorTraditional craftsmanship, family dedication and the legacy of G.S. Garcia gear have enabled this historic Nevada saddle shop to survive economic booms and busts for 80 years.

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Off the Grid

Waddie MitchellUsing alternative energy sources, cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell and his wife, Lisa, have created a self-sustaining lodge in tune with Nevada's high-desert ranchland.

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