This trip to Texas I retraced some very special steps.
When Tex Robin moved his shop a couple of years ago, I admit I got all sappy and nostalgic over him leaving that old brick building in Coleman.
…but I’ve come to my senses. Welcome to Abilene! Gone are the fire hazards and all the pesky walk-in-and-out traffic. And look! …the walls go straight up and down, and there is my favorite display case…and look over there, there’s even a working electrical socket dedicated to Tex Robin’s guitar and amp.
Tex is doing some beautiful bootmaking. Killer inlays or one-row stitch patterns… doesn’t matter, all good…really good. But be warned, ordering boots from Tex is not for the thin-skinned or the faint of heart. By appointment only. Long wait… and if Tex doesn’t like your design, he’s gonna tell you so. That’ll never change.
Rainbow! Rainbow really is the perfect word, because these boots are colorful… they have a kinda light-hearted airy quality.
Variegated thread around a butterfly inlay gives the design a kind of flutter …stitched row upon row gives the thread gives the look of broad brush strokes. At a distance, some stitch patterns look a little like watercolors.
Try this…flip through my book and look only at the thread colors used on each boot. Isn’t it interesting? I’ve used the comment section below to note the pages where I found variegatedrainbow thread. Did I miss any pairs?
(EXTRA: How does a bootmaker line up the colors? …it’s a trade secret.)
Photos by Marty Snortum. This boot made byPaul Bond is one of the many many swell boots left on the “cutting room floor” while making my book.
Click here to view a video of Martin ChÃ¡vez stitching a cowboy boot top at Rocketbuster Boots in El Paso, Texas USA. The speed at which Mr. ChÃ¡vez is sewing is genuine…the video is not sped-up or altered.