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Audio Recording Thibault & Nunn Saddlery, Miles City Montana, interview and sounds of saddle-making, part 3

Saddle-making

About this Item

Title

  • Thibault & Nunn Saddlery, Miles City Montana, interview and sounds of saddle-making, part 3

Names

  • Johnson, Paula J., 1954- (Collector)
  • Toelken, Barre, 1935- (Collector)
  • Thibault, Dale (Interviewee)
  • Nunn, Lawton (Interviewee)

Created / Published

  • Miles City, Montana, August 11, 1979

Headings

  • -  Saddlery
  • -  Western saddles
  • -  Leatherwork
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  Field recordings
  • -  Interviews
  • -  Sound recordings
  • -  United States -- Montana -- Miles City

Genre

  • Ethnography
  • Field recordings
  • Interviews
  • Sound recordings

Notes

  • -  Index data: Part 3 of a 4-part recording at the Thibault & Nunn Saddlery, Miles City MT, the fieldworkers' notes state that each man worked at a separate bench, Leighton Nunn was closer to the microphones (one cardioid, one hypercardioid), Leighton Nunn on channel 2, Dale Thibault farther away, as he starts to pull stirrup leathers through, has to pull temporary nails back out, as explained by Nunn; Nunn is cutting out leather pieces; Thibault notices fieldworker Paula Johnson across street taking a picture, and explains he invented his own sign, a large "shingle" hanging outside; asked why other shops said there were no more saddle makers, Nunn remarks, "maybe they were all gone out of their shops"; now on channel 1, Leighton Nunn cutting out leather; Thibault drawing leather straps through various parts of the saddle and lacing the ends through each other; Nunn tests weight of Thibault's saddle and pronounces it too light, joking, "we'll have to add some rocks to it," jokes that women will get weak if saddles are too light, besides nowadays men and women have to be treated equally, "if you take pity on 'em once, you're broke"; this saddle will weigh 36 or 37 pounds; Thibault suggests that fieldworker Paula Johnson hold a finished saddle while it is weighed "so we will know how much she weighs; Nunn weighs in with it and Paula reads 40 pounds, more or less as Nunn predicted; stirrups; bending of stirrup fenders while wet, while waiting for other elements to dry, Thibaults comments, referring to other pieces now in place; Thibault invites Paula to try out the finish saddle, and she mounts it on a stand; Nunn asks to have his picture taken with a newly finished saddle, while Thibault shows Paula a riveting machine, Thibault comments "basica1ly, now , that saddle is all done, ready to use"; Nunn shows Paula how designs are tooled in; Thibault shows fieldworker Barre Toelken some of the other saddle-making steps that the visiting team had not seen; Thibault sits in saddle to see if there are any lumps or bumps, and moves around, which makes the leather squeak.

Medium

  • 7-inch reel

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Call number: AFC 1981/005: AFS 20460
  • MBRS shelflist: RXA 0946
  • Field project identifier: MT9-BT-R3

Source Collection

  • Montana Folklife Survey collection (AFC 1981/005)

Repository

  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • audio

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Credit line: Montana Folklife Survey collection (AFC 1981/005), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Johnson, Paula J, Barre Toelken, Dale Thibault, and Lawton Nunn. Thibault & Nunn Saddlery, Miles City Montana, interview and sounds of saddle-making, part 3. Miles City, Montana, 1979. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc1981005_afs20460/.

APA citation style:

Johnson, P. J., Toelken, B., Thibault, D. & Nunn, L. (1979) Thibault & Nunn Saddlery, Miles City Montana, interview and sounds of saddle-making, part 3. Miles City, Montana. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc1981005_afs20460/.

MLA citation style:

Johnson, Paula J, et al. Thibault & Nunn Saddlery, Miles City Montana, interview and sounds of saddle-making, part 3. Miles City, Montana, 1979. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc1981005_afs20460/>.