Of the few remaining cowboy saddlemakers in Colorado, Dusty Johnson is one of the
best known. His knowledge of horses comes from working on cattle ranches, guest ranches and
ownership of livery stables. He was a noted professional farrier for more than
35 years. Growing up in Arizona and living in the high mountains of Colorado has
given him a deep appreciation and love of the Old West and all that it stood for.
Dusty has recently relocated to Prescott, Arizona.
n March 2003 Dusty was honored
with the Cactus Jack Safe Bet Trophy for Meritorious
Service and the WWAC Lifetime
Achievement Award presented
by the Wild West Arts
He shows a particular fondness for the
tradition and symbolism portrayed by the movie cowboys of the 1950's
and was Life Member #3 of the former Wild West Arts Club,
organization devoted to preserving the movie west and the equipment of the
Dusty also performs gunspinning, bull
whip dexterity and magic on stage under the name "Deadshot
Dusty". It is family entertainment with a comedy flair
and western flavor.
More than 50 years of leatherworking experience with some of the greatest
masters of the industry has given him the knowledge to not only create fine leather
products for his customers but to also operate a saddlemaking school for students from
throughout the world.
He has published many articles about leatherwork and is the
author of books and videos of instruction in the art of building saddles
and horse related equipment. He enjoys exotic cars, motorcycles
and fine horses. Dusty and his horse, "Apache", were well known in
Working from his Pleasant Valley Saddle Shop &
Studio in Prescott, Arizona, his work is sought after by
discerning collectors worldwide.