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Under Supervision

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Clint Mortenson builds saddles while his animals monitor his progress. Story and photos by Ross Hecox Saddlemaker and silversmith Clint Mortenson is accustomed to working with others looking over his shoulder. His shop is a renovated stall in his barn, and his horses often peer in from their adjoining pen while he carves leather, engraves silver, or hammers and stitches together one of his handmade saddles. While visiting his place near Santa Fe, New Mexico, last year, I found a wealth of photographs to capture—detail shots of fine bits and spurs, portraits against the adobe walls of his barn, and...

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