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James F. Jackson, a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, is widely considered the finest leather carver in the world. James, who carves in the celebrated “Sheridan Style” of leather tooling, honed his craft at the iconic King Ropes & Saddlery in downtown Sheridan, Wyoming, before taking up residence at the new leather workshop at The Brinton Museum.

James’ impact on the culture of leathercraft is so widespread that he is famed the world over – in fact, in Japan, where James is particularly celebrated, the predominant style of carving is the “Sheridan Style,” thanks to the contributions of this humble artist along with those of icons Don King, Chester Heap, Otto F. Ernst, and modern mavericks Barry King, Ryan King and Joe Smith.

Sheridan Travel & Tourism recently traveled to Japan with James, where the team witnessed firsthand how impactful James’ work has been on this historic artform; dozens of craftspeople from workshops across the country were eager to share their work with our local legend.

James F. Jackson, widely considered the finest leather carver in the world, honed his considerable skill right in downtown Sheriday, Wyoming. Photo courtesy of Sheridan County Travel and Tourism

For more information on Sheridan, visit SheridanWyoming.org.

Sheridan County features a pair of U.S. Scenic Byways, both of which serve as trailheads to epic adventure. The Bighorn Scenic Byway begins in Dayton, home to the stunning Tongue River Canyon, and features Steamboat Point, Sibley Lake, Shell Falls and views of the Cloud Peak Wilderness. The Medicine Wheel Scenic Byway, which begins at Burgess Junction high atop the mountain and runs toward Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, features the namesake Medicine Wheel, Porcupine, Bucking Mule and Paradise Falls, as well as hundreds of miles of untouched backcountry terrain.

Historic downtown Sheridan is home to classic American architecture, beautiful neon signs and postcard-perfect small-town charms, like 100-plus pieces of public art, King’s Saddlery, the Sheridan Inn and so much more. The Battle of Little Bighorn site is just one hour away, while six other historic battle sites are located nearby.

The Bighorn Mountains are located 3.5 hours from Yellowstone National Park to the west and 2.5 hours from Devils Tower National Monument to the east, making Sheridan County the perfect road trip destination for visitors exploring the best of the Great American West.

The Bighorn Scenic Byway begins in Dayton, home to the stunning Tongue River Canyon, and features Steamboat Point, Sibley Lake, Shell Falls and views of the Cloud Peak Wilderness (pictured). Photo courtesy of Sheridan County Travel & Tourism

For more information on Sheridan, visit SheridanWyoming.org.