This is the first in what we hope will become a regular thing at The Sassy Saloon: an article about one of our talented fans.
Today, we shine the spotlight on Carl Kilefner, who was born and raised in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, who moved to California in the 1950s after enlisting in the Navy, and who has now retired with his lovely wife to Arizona.
Carl creates cowboys out of old horseshoes. The pictures here show off this really cool and unique piece of cowboy art.
We learned about Carl through his daughter, JoAnn Martin.
Here's what JoAnn has to say about her talented dad:
"Each cowboy he gives away to friends or family has a little tag that reads 'hand crafted by Carl Kilefner.' It truly is a labor of love and he’s spread that love far and wide, sending them all over the US, Canada, and I believe even Nova Scotia.
"I, as well as others, tell him he should sell, but he won’t. He says he enjoys making them, which is absolutely true. A retired glazier and metal worker by trade, he has always been creative in designing and building everything from memorial benches to 'fixes' for friends, and is constantly challenging himself on the best design or solution to fit the need. I’m very proud of him, not only for his creative talent, but for the generous and loving father he is to me and my siblings and the friend he is to many."
Sounds like a special man, indeed. Way to go, Carl! If you're an AJ's Western Wear fan with a special talent (or if you know someone), let me know, and maybe we'll shine a spotlight on the person in a future post.