BOB HICKMAN HAS BEEN DOING LEATHERWORK FOR A LONG,
my mom bought me a tooling kit when i was twelve and
then it just kind of went from there.
HE GOT A DEGREE IN AGRICULTURE.
BUT THEN DROPPED OUT OF SADDLE MAKING SCHOOL IN 1981.
opened up my own shop and lived happily ever after.
HICKMAN SADDLERY IN POST FALLS HAS EIGHT EMPLOYEES
IN ITS FIVE-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT STORE.
AND ANOTHER THREE EMPLOYEES UP IN CANADA.
WHO SPECIALIZE IN CUSTOM SADDLES AND CHAPS.
THE SADDLES START AT 16-HUNDRED DOLLARS.
AND GO UP FROM THERE.
DEPENDING ON HOW FANCY YOU WANT IT.
we did a saddle for roy rogers and dale evans' happy
trails childen's foundation about three years ago
and it went for 65-thousand dollars, but it was loaded
we go out and we travel.
i've been to edmonton hitting horses.
AFTER FITTING YOU.
HICKMAN'S CRAFTSMEN CUT OUT ALL OF THE PIECES.
AND GO TO WORK.
we have a custom order blank there and he follows
that order blank all the way down.
THE TOOLING IS DONE BY HICKMAN'S OWN NEPHEW, CHAD,
WHO HE CALLS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD.
the tooling is kind of the cherry on top of the cake.
it's the decorative part.
and we can do whatever you want.
CHAPS AND CHINKS.
A SHORTER KIND OF WORK CHAP.
ARE ALSO A HUGE PART OF THE BUSINESS.
THEY MAKE UP ABOUT TWELVE TO 15-HUNDRED PAIR A YEAR.
we build rodeo chaps for royalty, rodeo queens, rodeo
bull riders, bareback riders, working people, trail
BUT THAT'S NOT ALL HICKMAN MAKES.
IT'S SUSPENDERS ARE SHIPPED ALL OVER THE WORLD.
we've got stores in australia that have our suspenders.
we have stores in istanbul, turkey, denmark, sweden,
ireland, england, japan, mexico.
IT EVEN MAKES NOVELTY ITEMS LIKE FLY SWATTERS AND
TOILET SEAT COVERS.
WHICH A FAMOUS GENERAL HAPPENED TO BUY AT A SHOW FOR
it's like, 'oh, my god.
this is general normal schwarzkopf.' and he comes
over and he spends probably, it felt like a half an
hour, but it was probably more like a minute and a
AND HICKMAN COMPLETELY STANDS BEHIND EVERY ONE OF
if you get one of our saddles and you don't like it,
something isn't exactly what you wanted, we'll build
you another saddle.
AND AFTER MORE THAN THREE DECADES IN THE BUSINESS.
HICKMAN SAYS HE JUST WANTS TO KEEP LIVING THE DREAM.
the harder you work at something, the more your dreams
are going to come true.
and that's basically what happened.
FOR MADE IN THE NORTHWEST.
I'M DEREK DEIS.