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

Wildly Weird Westerns 

Sure, most western movie lovers have seen the likes of genre classics such as “High Plains Drifter,” “The Searchers” and “The Magnificent Seven,” but what about those less popular, yet weirdly curious ones? They may just deserve some attention too – or not – we’ll let you be the judge. Here are a few cult classics to get you started on the western road less traveled. Start with 7 “Johnny Guitar” (1954) stars Joan Crawford as Vienna, a tough saloonRead more

A Burns 2021 Recap to Inspire 2022

Now that we’ve had a chance to get used to 2022, we’ve decided to reflect on how things went in 2021 and to think about what we’ve learned, what we’ve accomplished and how we can continue to grow and strengthen. So, let’s go. Here are some of our most notable challenges and accomplishments too: Top Challenges Have you heard of a little virus called COVID? We thought so. And when it comes to the havoc this global pandemic wreaked onRead more

Top 10 Books About the West

There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book on a cozy, winter day. With the holidays behind us and a new year ahead, make a little time for yourself to unwind and regroup. Tales of the west are a good place to start. These books are often steeped in history, adventure and intrigue. Here, we turned to Goodreads, the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations, for its top five fiction and non-fiction picks. Top Five inRead more

Why is Service Important?

For most, service provides a sense of purpose and pride. It can also teach people lessons that they may not otherwise learn. For example, service helps followers to be leaders; it fosters compassion and selflessness; and provides people with the ability to better understand the needs of others, among many other benefits. So, it’s likely no coincidence that here at Burns our number one core value is “We are service oriented.” Burns takes its service seriously and does its bestRead more

7 Perfect Gifts for the Cowboy (or Cowgirl) in Your Life

Are you on the hunt for that perfect gift to make that special cowboy (or cowgirl) in your life smile? Okay, we’d like to ask you a few questions first before we give away our top choices. Is “Made in the USA” important to you? Do you prefer handcrafted over machine-made? Are you more about “custom” than off-the-shelf? Do you enjoy elevating the everyday? Are you sick and tired of big box stores and crave the personal touch? Do youRead more