Max Godfrey

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Max Godfrey


Artist; Occupational; Rawhide


Profile of artist Max Godfrey

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Rawhide Braiding

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During long winter evenings, Max Godfrey braids rawhide into reins, bosals, quirts and headstalls, making tack for those who work on horseback. Since the late 70s he has braided seriously, building upon the skills learned from his father. Over the years he was able to spend time with well-known braiders like Oregon's Frank Hansen and Grouse Creek native Wallace Betteridge who, for years, supplied gear to many of the buckaroos along the Utah-Idaho-Nevada border.
Max, who is also an accomplished cowboy singer and poet, takes pride in preparing his own rawhide and in testing his tack on the family ranch. The artistic qualities of his finely crafted work are valued not only by collectors from many states but also by his daughter, Tami, who is carrying on the family braiding tradition.



“Max Godfrey,” Utah Folk Arts, accessed April 18, 2024,

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