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Trail driver stories provide inspiration for Weaver's leather art


April 11, 2021

An Oklahoma scissor-tailed flycatcher is depicted over Indian paintbrush in Jim Weaver's cattle trail drive leather art exhibit at Graceful Arts Gallery in Alva.

It all began when Jim Weaver's son saw some adult leaders at a Boy Scout camp tooling leather. Weaver and his son began taking free classes at the Tandy Leather Shop. After a few months, they "kind of put it aside."

Later Weaver went back to working with leather. "The projects got bigger and bigger as time went on, and the subject matter expanded," he said.

"Most of the people who tool leather are interested in kind of traditional western motifs like you'd see on saddles or gun belts. But I found there was a whole world of things out there that could be done with it."

In the beginning, Weav...

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