The Oregonian Ray Wilson makes saddles and offers a sense of community to family and customers at his shop in Joseph, Ore. Wilson and his parents were forced by the government to sell their ranch at Pittsburgh Landing on the Snake River in the ’70s so the ranch property could be included in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. He lost a second ranch when the ranching business tanked in the ’80s but taught himself to make saddles in 1996. He has now made 244 of them, as well as other leather goods used by cowboys and on ranches across the country.

The Oregonian

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