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Shop Talk! June 2020

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3 min.
editor’s note

ShopTalk! Friends, As I sit down to write this note, I pause to reflect on the surreal reality we have been living in for weeks. I have worried over you, even though I don’t know many of you personally. I have called my incredibly supportive advertisers to check in on them, just wanting to hear a voice on the other end of the line reassuring me they are surviving this. I have been on Facebook and Instagram more often than I’d like to admit, just to see that the leather community, my friends, are still plugging away. But with all the chaos, stress, worry and tragedy of COVID-19, I have also seen an abundance of miracles. I am in awe each day as I get to witness my five daughters learning and…

2 min.

NICK PERNOKAS Nick Pernokas was raised in New England. As a boy he cleaned stalls for a hack stable in return for getting to ride the horses. He bought his first horse with money from a paper route, and showed in AQHA shows with him. At a young age Nick headed west to play cowboy. He ended up in Stephenville, Texas, where he received a B.S. from Tarleton State University. In 1983 he began building custom saddles under the Pernokas Saddlery label. Nick competed successfully in the AQHA, the NRHA, and the PRCA, in which he earned a Gold Card. Nick won 5 Year End High Point Championships (Honor Roll), and 2 Reserve World Championships, in the AQHA in roping events. In the mid Nineties he wrote “All the Pretty Saddles”,…

1 min.
books, manuals and dvds at sorrell notions and findings

Find a wide selection of how-to books on boot and shoemaking, plus free guides and machine manuals on the website: www.sorrell.shop. Ask for available machine manuals not uploaded yet, if you need one not on the website. “How to Make Cowboy Boots” (8 DVDs and book of templates) & “The Art of Leather Inlay & Overlay” Lisa Sorrell “Bespoke Shoemaking” & “Simple Sandalmaking” Tim Skyrme “Pedorthic Footwear” BERJALAN Foundation “Shoe and Boot Designing Manual” “Last Designing and Making Manual” & “How to Make UGG Boots” George Koleff “The Orthopedic Shoemaker” Philip Taylor Sorrell Notions and Findings, lisa@sorrell.shop 405-282-5464…

1 min.
dusty johnson passes

ShopTalk! is saddened to learn of the passing of famed saddle maker Dusty Johnson on April 24, 2020. Dusty, who was known for his 1998 book on saddles, “Saddle Savvy,” had also written a previous book on saddle construction, as well as producing videos on saddle, chaps and holster construction. Dusty grew up in Arizona and began leather carving at the age of 12. At the age of 14, he worked for Porter’s Saddlery. He spent 20 years as a farrier, as well as working at many ranches. He attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where he studied business management. Always an entrepreneur, he operated a jewelry manufacturing company, worked for an advertising agency, was a real estate broker, worked for various publications, and was the editor of a Midwestern newspaper.…

1 min.
calendar events

INTERNATIONAL FOOTWEAR & LEATHER EXHIBITION July 15-17, 2020 Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam HARNESS MAKER’S AUCTION & GET TOGETHER July 16-17, 2020 Beiler’s Mfg & Supply 3025 Harvest Drive Rouks, PA 17572 Chris Beiler P 717.768.0174 F 717.768.0097 LONELY PINE HARNESS SHOP RETIREMENT AUCTION NEW DATE August 15, 2020 4501 State Route 208 New Wilmington, PA 16142 For more information please call Andy Raber 330-893-2604 ALL CHINA LEATHER EXHIBITION (ACLE) September 1-3, 2020 Shanghai New International Expo Centre Shanghai, China 32ND CUSTOM BOOT AND SADDLE MAKER’S ROUND UP October 2-3, 2020 MPEC Center Wichita Falls, TX Kathy Kimmel 325-356-3197 PENDLETON LEATHER SHOW November 6-7, 2020 Pendleton Convention Center Pendleton, OR Misty Shaw 435-201-2534 LEATHERTECH BANGLADESH November 26-28, 2020 International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) Dhaka, Bangladesh Do you know about something we don’t? Email us at mshaw@burns1876.com to let us know what we’ve missed.…

5 min.
the hide report

China’s recovering retail, a blueprint for US revival? As U.S. retailers map out plans to gradually reopen stores, retail has largely returned to normal in China and several footwear firms say they’re already seeing signs of positive results, reports Footwear News. Nike says that a majority of its stores in China are open and president and CEO John Donahoe said Nike saw double-digit increases in retail traffic week-over-week with some stores having already returned to prior year levels. Wolverine World Wide CEO Blake Krueger has said that “the stores there are not back to normal pre-crisis levels when it comes to their volumes but the consumer is out…There’s a lot of PPE in the marketplace. Malls are starting to get some traffic again. But again, the consumer in China is taking a little…