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Tad Mizwa

Birth place or City of origin: Springfield
State of origin: MA
Last known City: Leona
Last known State: TX
Start/Birth date: 1928
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Along with his treasured custom saddles, Tad created 52 exquisite miniature saddles. His last was a Mexican saddle completed in 2002, on display at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Other than being 40% smaller in scale, his saddles are exact reproductions. Tad also co-authored A Lifetime with Boots, with impresario boot maker Sam Lucchese. (Houston: Cordovan, 1983)

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Tax Mizwa (b. 1928)
84 year old Tad Mizwa has always been both a cowboy and western artisan in spirit dating back to his childhood when he became so fascinated with trick roping that he taught himself how to do it. Working with leather at age 14 during the 2nd World War, Tad mastered carving and tooling leather using only a nail set and razor blade. At age 19, Mizwa traveled to Phoenix and was introduced to the renowned Porter Saddle shop where he met master leather carver, Ray Pohja who encouraged him to upgrade and refine his overall technique. Tad has had a diverse array of jobs during his eight decades of life from journalist to saddle maker extraordinaire with miniature saddles as his specialty. He has made three historically accurate replica saddles for permanent exhibition at the Witte Museum in San Antonio plus a Tournament of Roses Parade Saddle with over 600 pieces of sterling silver. Tad calls Leona, Texas (just north of Houston) home where he has lived since 1953.



84 year old Tad Mizwa has always been both a cowboy and western artisan in spirit dating back to his childhood when he became so fascinated with trick roping that he taught himself how to do it. Working with leather at age 14 during the 2nd World War, Tad mastered carving and tooling leather using only a nail set and razor blade. At age 19, Mizwa traveled to Phoenix and was introduced to the renowned Porter Saddle shop where he met master leather carver, Ray Pohja who encouraged him to refine his technique. Tad has had a diverse array of jobs during his eight decades of life from journalist to saddle maker extraordinaire with miniature saddles as his specialty. He has made three historical replica saddles for exhibition at the Witte Museum in San Antonio and a Tournament of Roses Parade Saddle with over 600 pieces of sterling silver. Tad calls Leona, Texas home where he has lived since 1953.

He says the high point in his career was making saddles for the Tournament of Roses Parade.
One of his saddles had 600 pieces of sterling silver and got $17,500 for it.

Tad calls Leona, Texas his home he's been there since 1953...

 

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