This past week the master leather worker and saddle maker Slim Green passed away at the age of ninety-one. I had the honor to once sit for a couple of hours while Slim shared with me some of his personal history. How often do you get to meet a person who has crafted for presidents, cowboys and movie stars since the 1940’s, who knew almost everybody who was anybody in the history of Western saddle making, and whose work is the subject of museums from coast to coast? Not very often. Just once, I figure.
So Slim has ridden off to far greener pastures, and America has lost no small bit of her living history.
My sincere condolences to Slim’s family, and my thanks to Slim for the time he took to tell me some of his fascinating tales.
Vaya con Dios, Slim. We’ll see you on the flip side.