5 of the Softest Leathers

When most people think of leather, words like “durability” and “versatility” spring to mind. It’s a material that has a reputation for standing the test of time. However, this classic material has a soft side too. There are many types of leather known for their beautifully supple texture and longevity. Here are five of our favorites: Ostrich Leather: We love this one. It’s soft, durable, ideal for high fashion and very breathable. It has a uniquely bumpy texture (known asRead more

What Does Responsibility Look Like to You?

Burns’ passion is to elevate life experiences through heirloom quality products and in order to execute their passion, they exemplify their core values in everything they do. One of their most important core values is, “We take responsibility.” “It’s important for every member of the Burns’ team to take responsibility for their assignments, mistakes and actions,” Braydan Shaw, Burns’ president says. “By taking responsibility, we gain trust and can move forward faster.” For Shaw, taking responsibility  has been a coreRead more

Preserving Pioneer Heritage and Cowboy Culture

Image by stacybosel0 from Pixabay As Bob Dylan once sang, “the times they are a changin’” and they’re changing pretty quickly at that. That’s why it’s important to take a good look around every once in a while. Look up from your phone. Step away from the laptop. Take a breath. Progress isn’t always about going forward. Quite often, it requires a visit to the past. People and places that work to preserve the pioneer heritage and cowboy culture areRead more

Barrel Racing: Is Your Saddle Ready for Rodeo Season?

Rodeo Season is here and there’s excitement in the air. Whether you’re an amateur or a seasoned pro, make sure you’ve got what it takes to compete. And while balance, agility and a four-legged partner that’s willing and able are among the top three factors that come into play, good gear can really enhance overall performance.  How to choose a proper fitting saddle   When it comes to barrel racing, hundredths or even thousandths of a second can make theRead more

Choose Real Leather Over Synthetic – Here’s Why

Before we get into the why’s, let’s review the what’s that are involved when it comes to buying real versus synthetic leather. What are the different types of leather? By definition, leather is a material made from an animal hide/skin by tanning or a similar process. Yet, there are many types of materials that are marketed as leather. Real leather is the highest grade of leather. Bonded leather is made from scraps and fibers leftover from manufacturing genuine leather, mixedRead more

5 Ways to Honor Military on Memorial Day

This American holiday that honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military will be observed on May 30 this year. Originally called, “Decoration Day,” it originated in the years following the Civil War, but didn’t become an official federal holiday until 1971. Today, most of us enjoy a day off work and celebrate the unofficial start of summer by boating, grilling, or snapping up some bargains during Memorial Day sales. But, it’s also important toRead more

Give Thanks. Studies Show it Will Make You Happier!  

While we all know the importance of gratitude, did you know that it can actually make you happier? In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude can help people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships. This is all very good news for the folks at Burns who have made “We practice gratitude,” one of their top core values.   How Does Burns PracticeRead more

Earth Day 2022: 7 Ways to Show the Planet You Care

Earth Day is April 22 and there are lots of ways to give back to this big blue marble we call Earth. From planting a tree to picking up trash, small things can quickly add up to great outcomes. Step Up Your Landscape. There are many ways to make small changes right in your backyard – literally. Plant some shade trees to help naturally cool your house in the summer or to break it from the wind in colder monthsRead more

Folktales and Legends. What’s the Moral of the Story?

March actually has a week devoted to World Folktales and Fables. It’s held each year during the third week of March to encourage exploration of the lessons to be learned from folk tales, fables, myths and legends from around the world. The tales vary from culture to culture, but often share common morals, themes and characters. Here, we’ve shares some Old West folktales and legends to tell the next time you’re sitting around the campfire or in the backyard exchangingRead more

A Few of Our Favorite Things

From custom saddles and boots to a hat for every head, Burns continues to excite its customers with unique products that showcase heirloom quality craftsmanship.  Saddle Up Most recently, Burns had some amazing barrel saddles come out of its shop with a whole bunch more in the works. “We have customers all around the country and it’s so much fun to see their visions come to life,” Braydan Shaw, Burns’ president, says. “There’s almost nothing our saddle makers can’t handleRead more