Santa Ynez & Los Angeles: Dos Lindas Publishing, 2000. First Edition. Paperback. 8vo. 26,  pp. Photo-illustrations (most in color). Stiff color printed wrappers in fine condition. Item #19132
Luis B. Ortega (1897-1995) is known as the world’s best and foremost rawhide braider. A fifth generation Californian, Ortega traced his ancestry to the states first Spanish settler, Jose Francisco de Ortega who was credited with discovering San Francisco Bay by land in 1789. He holds the enviable distinction of being the only leather braider in the world to be designated a national treasure by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in Washington, DC (1986) and is represented in all major Western Museums in the United States. Includes images of Ortga's hand work including headstalls, hackamore, hobbles, reins, reatas, quirts and more.