Featured Apprentice: Marty Thompson


Marty and Glen Thompson. Utah State Archives, 1989.

Before he was old enough to go to school, Marty Thompson remembers taking naps on wool skin while "helping" his dad, master saddle maker Glen Thompson. By age ten he was making things from scrap leather and learning to stamp his own designs. By fourteen he was making tooled leather belts, knife sheaths, and wallets.

Having a saddle shop outside his back door allowed Marty to work with and learn from his dad, both informally and as a formal apprentice in 1989. Today, Marty continues to make custom saddles when he has the time, still drawing from the experience and skills learned from his dad.