Bob Marrs Poinsettia of the High Plains Rides On!
In 1956, Bob Marrs began hand-tooling on his saddles the poinsettia flower, attributed to the Visalia Saddlery Gang in California, which would become his signature design motif. Bob was granted permission to apply his favorite flower, the poinsettia by an old-timer/saddle maker in Matador, Texas. Bob Marrs the cowboy, saddle maker and western artist, personified the American Dream. Faith, family, business and community service were the pillars of this dream realized over his 94 3/4 years. Bob's relentless pursuit of excellence fueled his love of learning, dedication to honing his craft and artistry all while helping others grow to reach their full potential. In 2021, Bob Marrs championed his signature poinsettia by incorporating it into the traditional paisley bandana creating a new design application of his artistry beyond leather, oil paint, or bronze into a new medium- fabric. The Bob Marrs Poinsettia-Paisley Bandana is representative of our collective cultural heritage and is on the horizon! Writer and friend, Nick Pernokas summed it up in his April 2015, Shop Talk! article, Bob Marrs: The Cowboy Rides Away: "...For other jobs, retirement is a milestone to be looked forward to, but for any artistic endeavor, the expectation seems to be that it will go on forever." As stewards of his legacy, we are continuing to provide provenance of Bob Marrs saddles to owners, collectors and institutions as Bob and Betty have done over the years. Further, a Bob Marrs Saddle Restoration and Preservation Program as well as upcoming community events are in the works. Join us by Signing-Up to learn more about this program with updates on Marrs Makers Home Page. Please drop us a line including your saddle serial number with mailing address and contact number to keep Bob Marrs historical saddle records and registry current. Looking forward to hearing feedback with suggestions from you, as we serve this great community together!
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