El Rancho in South Texas: Continuity and Change From 1750 Page: 84
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The biggest challenge for many vaquero artisans, par-
ticularly those who are retired, is finding the raw ma-
terials-horsehair and rawhide-from which to make
the various objects (Graham 199Ib).
In years past, many South Texas communities and
even some ranches had saddlemakers who developed
reputations for excellence. Ready access to mass-pro-
duced saddles, which tend to be significantly cheaper
than handmade ones, have led to a decline in the num-
ber of saddlemakers working in the region, although
some continue their work. The King Ranch Running
W Saddle Shop, producing saddles since i865, once had
as many as ten saddlemakers working fulltime; it now
has only one (Graham i991b).
84 El Rancho in South Texas
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Graham, Joe S. El Rancho in South Texas: Continuity and Change From 1750, book, 1994; Denton, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc28328/m1/96/?q=el%20rancho: accessed April 27, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.