ケン コールマンさんという方で甥っ子がロス コールマンというロデオをやる方でなんだか有名そうでした、その辺はよくわからないのですが。
I’m in the U.S.! The jetlag is really bad so I’ve been really sleepy.
I’m in Eugene, Oregon and yesterday we found a leather store out of the blue and I was able to see a lot of things that I’ve never seen in Japan before.
We asked the store employee if she knew any saddle makers and she told us about one and today we went to visit him!
The saddle maker’s name is Ken Coleman. He was a pretty well-known bull-rider in the area and he started making saddles around 20 years ago. He’s retired from his job and saddle-making is his hobby, although he does orders for customers.
He was really interested in my carving and I showed him how I do my carving. However, his swivel knife wasn’t sharp so it was hard to cut with and it felt like a push beveller. He then asked me to sign next to my carving and I wrote my name in kanji.
He is a really, really nice man! I’ve already promised to visit him again in June after I return to Oregon from my journey.
He has a lot of awesome antiques at his house. He had two stuffed buffalo heads… not one, but two! He also has three cars that he is working on restoring. His Ford had a coyote in the backseat! He said he loves animals, haha.
In his workshop, he let me try his huge sewing machine. The noise alone was very scary and I couldn’t help thinking that it could kill someone while I was using it!
Not only does Ken restore cars, but he also builds his own saddle trees and makes chaps for the nearby rodeo. His chaps were really beautiful.
In his house, he had a guitar so I ended up playing and singing for him and his wife. They applauded when I was done, so nice!
Today was a lot of fun. Thank you, Ken for a really great day!