To say Tim Alden has been in the leather business all his life is not an exaggeration. As a matter of fact, long before his birth his family has been in the leather business. His great, great uncle Wil Dean started his saddle making in 1935 in a cow camp in Tule Lake, California. He built his first saddle when he was 22 years old.
Tim’s father, Dana Alden, inherited the saddle shop and acquired some of his first exposure to leather work from him. Tim has been a contributor to the family business, R6 Leather Products, since he was 9 years old. At that time he made up his mind he would eventually take over. Take over? Not quite! He has developed his own niche- making custom boots and teaching students the highly evolved craft of building quality leather work. Tim’s passion for cowboy boots enabled him to excel at building boots. He combined a creative spirit with attention to detail to build boots that compared with boots built by craftsmen many times his age.
Tim has taken that passion and combined it with his love of people and built a school that offers classes that include Chap Making, Floral Carving and Design, Purse making, Traditional Skills, Holster Making and Western Boot Making. Though the leather school is Tim’s, the whole family participates in the leather classes. His father, Dana, a saddle maker, his mom, Janie, a chap maker, and Aaron, one of three brothers, who specializes in holster making will be seen lending a hand in any of the classes.