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The following letter was received from Clay Christensen who visited us for a week in July for private instruction for braiding a bosal. Clay is an accomplished hair hitcher and leather carver who had been braiding before his arrival. Clay's other work is impeccable and his braiding skills are well on their way to excellence. We greatly enjoyed working with him.

 Hought Fine Art & Leather
Gail and Eric Hought
P.O. Box 2115
McKinleyville, CA 95519

Gail and Eric,

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the apprenticeship that I was able to complete this past summer, it was one of the most fantastic experiences of my life. You opened your home and treated me as if I were family, it felt like I had known both of you my entire life.

The instruction that I received from both of you was just great! I learned so many things about leather working and braiding that will help bring my work to a much higher level. I truly consider you, Gail, to be the finest braider that I have had the pleasure to work with. Your braiding is simply incomparable or unequaled by your peers. Eric’s leather and strap work is equally as impressive and I learned a great deal from him regarding making bosal cores. There was not one question that I asked that you didn’t answer. Not one question that I asked that you didn’t answer. You shared all of your secrets to making high quality gear and answered questions that have plagued me for my entire life.

I would strongly recommend your workshops or apprenticeships to anyone that is interested in leather or strap work and braiding. You increased my self confidence and strengthened my abilities to come home and continue on with a true love of mine, braiding and leather work. You braided and worked along with me and I learned so much more than you will ever know.

In addition t being world class craftsman and craftswoman, you are extremely fine people. I will long remember my experience in Northern California and hope that our friendship will last for years to come.

Best wishes to you and yours and God bless.


Clay Christensen

Hought Fine Art & Leather
P.O. Box 2115, McKinleyville, CA 95519
1-707-839-1871 / 1-800-839-1164
Fax 1-707-839-1164
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