2020 TCAA Braiding Workshop

September 29 – October 1, 2020 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

In conjunction with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA), this hands-on workshop will address the construction of quirts, their different styles and regional differences. Function, balance and decoration will also be addressed. Skill level required: Intermediate to advanced, participants should have some experience braiding bodies over cores and basic long and short buttons.

Instructors: Nate Wald has been braiding for 30 years, was named Braider of the Year by the American Academy of Western Artists and has been inducted into Montana’s Circle of American Masters. Self-taught Leland Hensley has been braiding for 35 years. His work has developed a high reputation amongst collectors and working cowboys alike for unique design, beauty and rugged functionality. 

For more information contact the nationalcowboymuseum.org


About The TCAA Workshops

Jean Luc Parisot Workshop

Above is a short film of European leather case making taught by Jean Luc Parisot of Saumur, France with Pedro Pedrini and Cary Schwarz. Filmed in the Spring of 2009 by Adam Jahiel and produced in partnership betwen the TCAA and the National Cowboy Museum, the film shows some of old world techniques for hand stitching that are getting lost to time. — at Saumur, France.

The program that has been in place for several years of providing $500 scholarships to those needing assistance to attend mentoring sessions or workshops has helped many aspiring craftspeople.

Having distributed over $70,000 through that program, the TCAA has decided that a more targeted approach and a more substantial investment in each recipient will better address the urgency of providing educational opportunities to a number of highly motivated craftspeople who have moved beyond group workshops and would benefit from intensive mentoring in areas tailored to their specific needs.

Founded in 1998,the TCAA launched its education program with an engraving workshop in 2001. During the past nine years that program has grown to include two annual workshops and a seminar hosted by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, individual mentoring and TCAA scholarships. The results are impressive:

  • 103 Craftsmen have received cash scholarships to help further training and education.
  • $59,700 is the amount paid to participants in this program to date.
  • 216 craftsmen have been personally mentored in various TCAA members shops and studios.
  • 220 craftspeople have attended TCAA workshops hosted by National Cowboy Museum.
  • 45 speakers participated in TCAA seminars to perform free lectures on various aspects of craftsmanship and cowboy culture.
  • 394 One of a kind pieces have been created by TCAA members for the annual exhibition and sale.
  • 657 is the number of years experience represented by TCAA members.
  • 19 members of the TCAA include thirteen elected and six founding members; an important milestone reached in 2007.

TCAA Member are available for mentoring individuals as well as conducting workshops and lectures. For details please contact info@tcowboyarts.org