Robert "Bob" Ray

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Robert "Bob" Ray


Artist; Occupational; Saddle


Profile of artist Robert "Bob" Ray

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Saddle Maker

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Bob Ray is a self-taught saddle maker who learned by taking saddles apart. His apprenticeship began when he and his wife, Carolyn, worked on a ranch where one of his jobs was repairing horse gear. Today the Rays work in their own shop where they produce some of the region's most sought after saddles and tack. Bob is known for crafting buckaroo style saddles, inspired by the Mexican vaquero tradition, decorated with elaborately carved floral designs.

A few years ago he also taught himself to make custom saddle trees, a long process that results in a foundation of just the right size, weight and flexibility. The Rays’ saddles, trees, chaps and leather accessories are not only enjoyed by riders throughout the region, but have also been included in a number of regional craft exhibits.



“Robert "Bob" Ray,” Utah Folk Arts, accessed April 18, 2024,

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