About Scott Alan Brown

"To all the great cowboys and saddle makers I have been fortunate to know and to work with, I thank each of you for the learning experiences that never seem to stop." - Scott A. Brown

Scott A. Brown

Scott has always taken pride and pleasure in working with his hands. He started making saddles in the late 1970’s at Ryon’s Saddle Shop in the Stockyard section of Ft. Worth, Texas. After moving to the Great Basin area he worked under the legendary Eddie Brooks at J M Capriola Company in Elko, Nevada.

Eddie and Scott
Eddie and Scott

Eddie’s craftsmanship and understanding of buckaroo gear was a great influence on Scott and his saddle making. Scott spent several years under Eddie’s guidance before leaving to cowboy full time on some of the larger ranches in northern Nevada. He worked with Martin Black at the Winecup-Gamble Ranch and later with Bryan Neubert and Randy Rieman in California.

Martin Black, Scott Brown, and Tom Dorrance at the Gamble Ranch 1990
Martin Black, Scott Brown, and Tom Dorrance at the Winecup-Gamble Ranch 1990
(Photograph by watercolorist William Matthews)

Through the years Scott has continued to refine his ideas about what makes a good saddle and how to combine artistry and function. Many fine horsemen and craftsmen have impacted his work, but he is particularly grateful to master saddle maker Dale Harwood for all his encouragement and inspiration.

As a fiddle player, Scott has also put a lot of thought into what makes a good violin. In 2004, after working for Big Bend Saddlery in Alpine, Texas, he and his wife Becky moved to Utah so he could take his love of the violin and working with his hands a step further by studying at the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City.

Whether he’s crafting violins or saddles, Scott has always strived for excellence. His dedication and artistry shows in both his wood work and his leather work. Now after reaching a level of satisfaction with his violin making, Scott is back into saddles again. He operates both the violin shop and the saddle shop from his home in Salt Lake City, and invites you to call or stop by for a visit.

Kurt Marcus photo of Scott at Margie Creek
Photograph by Kurt Markus, taken of Scott at Maggie Creek

SABrown drawing
Brenda Negri gave Scott this drawing when he first set up shop in Elko.
Scott worked with her then-husband Bruce Negri at Maggie Creek.