Buckaroo John's Blog

Buckaroo Leather and Hermann Oak Leather

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Years ago when the Brand family decided to manufacture quality leather western style horse tack and accessories, the decision was made to begin with the highest quality leather available.  Our decision to choose only the finest American leather led us to engage Hermann Oak Leather to be our major supplier. Lewis Charles Hermann started tanning in St. Louis in 1881 to handle the local harness trade and to supply the wagon trains of settlers traveling west along the Lewis and Clark trails. The tannery grew, and Fred Hermann Sr. joined the company in 1907. He proceeded to supply leather for our...

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The Cowboy Code of the West

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First chronicled by the famous western writer, Zane Grey, in his 1934 novel The Code of the West, no "written" code ever actually existed. However, the hardy pioneers who lived in the west were bound by these unwritten rules that centered on hospitality, fair play, loyalty, and respect for the land. If it's not yours, don't take it. If it's not true, don't say it.If it's not right, don't do it.Cowboy's word is his sacred bondBargains sealed with handshake are more binding than legal documents be loyalDemand square dealingsBe proud of your occupationLay down your life, if necessary, for the...

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A Brief History of the Reata

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The reata (or riata) was a long braided rawhide rope used by the early Mexican Vaqueros and was no doubt first introduced into Mexico by the Spanish conquerors. Reata is from the Spanish word "reatar," meaning "to retie," or "to rope," which ties one animal to another. Though the word reata is often used to refer to any rope, the genuine Vaquero reata was and is a special item. It was usually 40 to 80 feet long and made from twisted strands of rawhide. The finest riatas used rawhide strands, cut by experts, from the primest part of several young heifer...

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Atwood Palm with Silver Ribbon

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We are so excited for our latest product, the Atwood palm hat with a gorgeous silver ribbon. This classy hat has a 4 1/2" brim, which is perfect for shading your face on sunny days, and is slightly turned up in the back. There is also an option for a stampede string, to keep this beauty on your head when things get a little...western.  Visit www.buckarooleather.com to order yours today!   

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Vaqueros, Cowboys and Buckaroos

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Cowboys of the old west were referred to as "vaqueros." (The Spanish word "vaca" means cow.) The term "cowboy" was rarely used back in the old west. It is more commonly used today. The word vaquero pronounced by American cowboys, was "bukera" and finally "buckaroo." For a period of time anyone working cattle, whether in Texas, California, or elsewhere was known as a "buckaroo". It wasn't until the late 1860's when the Texans began to drive their cattle north to the new railroads in Kansas that the term "cowboy" came into widespread use. Vaqueros were poor, owned no land, probably not even...

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