Don Loewen Saddlery
Leathercraft Nicola Valley Merritt BC
Nicola Valley Merritt BC’s own Don Loewen Saddlery – Leathercrafter.
Don Loewen Saddlery – Leathercraft Nicola Valley Merritt BC Canada. Experience this Nicola Valley gem. With over 30 years of experience, Don Loewen Saddlery has created over 500 horseback riding saddles. This has earned Don’s saddlery a stamp of pure “Authentic Quality Craftsmanship”. Many of us who have tasted ranch life appreciate Don’s unique skill and talent. To ride in one of his saddles is truly an experience and honour.
In order to know Don Loewen, we need to know his history.
From birth, Don grew up within a cowboy family. Growing up with an interest in horses and saddlery he made his first saddle at 14yrs old. Don realised early in life he had a unique passion and talent for shaping leather with his hands. Don began his journey at the age of 17 leaving home and attending “Saddle School” in South Dakota. Itis here he honed his skills as a saddle maker and artisan.
Consequently Don opened up a home-based shop.
Meanwhile after cowboying in southern Alberta and at Douglas Lake Cattle Company with some time working in the logging industry, Don returned to his true passion of saddlery. In 1995 he opened a home-based saddle shop called Don Loewen Saddlery. Eventually he opened up a storefront business in downtown Merritt B.C. in 2004.
Our saddles are highly customized to your specific needs.
Lets take a look at how Don begins to make a saddle. Firstly, a frame is made of wood and fiber glass of the horse’s frame. From that frame a saddle is fitted for the horse. Comfort, durability and the ability to stay positioned throughout a full day’s ride, is what makes Don’s saddles so well known throughout Western Canada. Ground seat design, the skirt and seat design are skills that Don teaches and owns with a sense of pride.
Equally important are Don’s unique leather belts.
Every leather belt is one-of-a-kind.
Additionally Don has added other high-quality leather products.
As well as saddles, Don crafts belts and traveller’s notebooks. Furthermore, Don passes down his art of leather crafting with teaching a wide range of people. Most rememberable were the young high school students and adults from Sweden.
Don’s saddles are well known throughout Western Canada and the World.
Furthermore the skill of Don Loewen continues.
Together with his beautiful wife Jody, they have six wonderful children and two precious grandchildren. Don’s eldest son has also learned the basics of the craft of saddlery.
Coupled with Don’s skill and talent everything is proudly made in the beautiful Nicola Valley Merritt BC!
“I am busy as I need to be,” Don Loewen.
Not to mention that Don once made a saddle for “Marmaduke”
Testimonial from Alex Robinson
“Don Loewen has always had a reputation for building a good using saddle. I looked at a couple of Don’s saddles that the cowboys in the valley had ordered and had been using for every day ranch work and I was impressed with the quality of the rigs and how they were standing up. I’ve been riding my Loewen saddles for some time now and haven’t got one complaint. The saddle sits on a horses back well and I’ve never rode in a more comfortable seat. Don’s saddles are reasonably priced and you will never get a better person to deal with.”
Quilchena Cattle Co.