John Willemsma has had the great fortune of being able to study under some of today’s greatest craftsmen, such as Don King, Dale Harwood and Chuck Stormes. Combining the knowledge he gained from them, and his study of early saddleries particularly Visalia, Hamley and Ray Holes, John brings a strong desire for high standards to each and every saddle that he builds.
2008 marks John’s 32nd year building high quality custom saddles. Day working on several ranches during this period, has given him an appreciation of the importance of function and fit of a custom saddle In 1986 John opened LJ’s Saddlery with a desire to build and design saddles that he felt met the needs of both working cowboy’s, horsemen and women alike. In 2008, John Wellemsma was awarded ”Best of Show” in the saddles and leatherwork at the Trappings of Texas, as well as, the Coveted ”Don King Award”
A video John put together explaining some of his process
It’s John Willemsma’s goal to use the knowledge passed on to him and the experience that he has gained as a horseman to create a lasting saddle that combines both function and artistic eye appeal. In 2008, John Wellemsma was awarded ”Best of Show” in the saddle division at the Trappings of Texas
Mailing AddressJohn Willemsma
5200 East Forrest Hills Road
Guthrie, OK 73044