Earl Twist The Saddlemaker

Full Frame America is a collective story and body of work by two young photojournalists named Kristyn Ulanday and Max N. Esposito. They recently shot this short film on Earl Twist at his workshop in Kalispell, Montana. Earl has been making saddles for forty years or so, this video gives us an idea of the process and shows us some up close detail of the handy work.

I will be the first to admit that I know absolutely nothing about horse riding or saddles themselves, but these leather beauties have to respected for the work that goes into them and the pure craftsmanship. Earl has a real talent and looks pretty easy doing his work after all these years. We usually get stuck on clothing and items that we can wear, so I guess this is different in that respect and is very functional for the people that ride on a daily basis. Watch this piece below.


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  • Cindy

    I own a saddle made by Earl Twist, according to the saddlemaker’s mark on it. Have looked for him before online but to no avail. So glad to see him and his work. I came to own the saddle about 10 years ago, I don’t know when it was made, but would love to find out. Thanks for the great video.

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