While growing up in various parts of Oregon, Nate developed a passion for horses and riding in rodeos. He has been training, breaking, and showing horses since he was 10; shoeing horses since he was 14. Starting in his early teens, Nate began competing in horse shows and rodeos all over the west coast, earning himself a good deal of respect and a little money too. When he wasn’t riding rough stock, he was shoeing, training, showing, and breaking horses.
In 2001 Nate left Oregon for Colorado where he has furthered his shoeing career. Shoeing horses everywhere from Denver to Bailey to the Crystal Valley. In his down time, Nate likes to stay busy. He has also worked as a vet tech, managed boarding and training stables as well as a dude and hunting outfit.
In 2007 Nate shifted gears from shoeing to leather work. Working with his hands and crafting leather is in his blood and he began an apprenticeship under master saddle maker, Rusty May, his uncle.
While working as an apprentice Nate soaked in all the knowledge and dedication to perfection that Rusty had to offer. Nate also fell in love with the art of saddle making and creating all the leather goods the working cowboy needs.
In 2011, Nate opened his own leather shop in Marble, Colorado and continues shoeing. In only a few short years, Nate’s leather work has surpassed most in the industry.