During the mid to late '80's, Rick and Halli first began to search for a way to enter the custom cowboy gear industry. Little encouragement was recieved from those they initially contacted until nearly a decade later. It was then that they entered a five day crash coarse at the shop facility of Keith Gertsh.
The 'hands on' instruction was done at a blistering pace. Never-the-less, Rick and Halli feel they will always owe Keith a debt of gratitude for opening the door for them to enter the trade. It was truly a team effort, as Halli was there every step of the way, infusing strength, determination, and insight into the week long effort. It remains a foundation partnership to this day--Halli still sews many of Rick's trees.