Burns: 145 Years and Going Strong

As 2021 enters its final month, we’re reflecting on our 145th year in business. We’re the oldest, same family-owned western retail business in the world, so we thought it was worth taking a peek into our past with a mindful eye to the future. It’s survived 25 presidents, two world wars, a Great Depression and Recession and much, much more. When it first launched, horses and trains were how people got around and today, people are catapulting into space asRead more

Give Thanks: A Cowboy-inspired Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving. It’s the one holiday that’s managed to escape the mania. Yes – there’s still Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but before all the madness begins, there’s time to savor some quiet time with loved ones and to think about the things that really count. Let this Thanksgiving season be a time to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going. Whether you’re getting ready for a feast on the open range or looking forward to a cozier cabin-likeRead more

Saddle Up with Man’s Best Friend

While we may have missed National Dog Month in August, there’s still time to celebrate this month during it’s condensed, but equally important, National Dog Week which runs annually, the last week of September. This year, it’s September 20 through September 27 and focuses on raising awareness about dog care and helping lost, homeless and abused dogs find good homes. So, if you’re thinking about finding a riding companion, this would be a great time to do it. Here’s aRead more

White Buffalo

Some people call it making medicine – the process of following your heart, creating something magical, powerful, and fulfilling. That is what saddle making and leather working is to Lisa and Loren Skyhorse.  The couple has focused their artistic efforts on riding saddles for forty years now which makes them experts in their field. The White Buffalo saddle is just one in their Collection series.  You can see how Lisa’s artwork expands on the over-sized fender and the seamless seatRead more

Holiday Traditions

Here at Burns we have been pondering the holiday season, reminiscing about our own holiday traditions.  But what is a tradition?  The definition states it is the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.  American history tends to lean on holiday traditions from all over the world, in turn, becoming a melting pot where all nations and traditions blend together.  We have carols from England and Australia andRead more

Essential Boot Care

Leather Conditioner Burns recommends Bick 4 as a leather conditioner, available at all Burns locations. This conditioner can be used on any leather (flat leather to exotic) and any color of leather with the exception of suede and shell cordovan.  This leather conditioner will not change the color of your boots. It is a silicone base, not an oil base, keeping the integrity of the original color of the leather. Conditioner Application Squeeze conditioner (about a quarter size) onto yourRead more

Luna

In the early spring of 1985, Cherokeet, Dan Burns prized race mare, delivered a black filly. Less than a month later, tragedy struck with the sudden passing of Cherokeet.  The young, black filly, just weeks old, required a bottle-feeding every three hours.  Dan, along with his two young grandchildren, Braydan and Destiny, made a ritual of feeding and playing with the beautiful filly. Destiny became Grandpa Dugan’s shadow, always carrying her cabbage patch doll named Luna; Luna would sit onRead more

Burns and The Sundance Kid

On November 9, 2013, Burns had the great privilege of participating in “The Governor’s Salute to Robert Redford”, a gala that attracted such dignitaries as Sen. Orrin Hatch, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, and people from Utah’s business and artistic communities. Several weeks prior to this event, the Governor’s office contacted Burns with the idea to create a one-of-a-kind buckle that captured the essence of Utah and honored Redford, a collector of intricate trophy buckles.  Redford’s Sundance Film FestivalRead more

Passed Down from Grandma Red

Burns is a company built on the legacy of a family who has chosen to work hard and dedicate themselves to the craft of leatherwork.  Each generation has successfully written a different chapter in the Burns story.  Grandma Red, as she is known throughout the company, still makes all of us smile with her anecdotes and quick wit.  Here is a bit of her story and one of our favorite recipes from her collection–which is a prize all by itself. Fourth-generation,Read more

The Art of the Saddle

Back when Custer and the U.S. 7th Cavalry were having their Last Stand in 1876, a cowboy named Miles Lamonie Burns with his skills in blacksmithing and leather working opened a retail shop in Utah.  He sold handcrafted saddles and harnesses starting a legacy seven generations strong.  Burns is the world’s oldest Western retail business to stay in one family, and maintains the focus of handmade artistry that began in 1876 with Burns Custom Saddles. BENCH MADE A Burns saddleRead more