John has been a custom saddlemaker for 30 years. He has created a name for himself among working cowboys as well as discerning horse people as a maker of quality saddles and is respected for his fine leather tooling abilities.
Fabricating and engraving custom saddle trim exclusively for his saddle customers enables John to maintain quality control throughout the process of these unique silver ornamentations from one of a kind conchos to elaborate horn caps and cantle plates.
A collaboration between John and Peter Campbell resulted in the creation of the ‘Peter Campbell Wade’ saddle. These saddles are made with the same quality workmanship and materials that John puts into every custom saddle he makes. John has made over 40 of these saddles since 2006.
John A. Visser Saddlery is located in the South Eastern corner of the province of Alberta, Canada, near the town of Manyberries. John and his wife Christine make up John A. Visser Saddlery. John builds the saddles, trees and creates the silverwork while Christine runs the office and works in the shop with John.
Over the years, John's work has been showcased in articles in The Western Horseman and Canadian Cowboy Country magazine. He had the privilege to make saddles for the late actor, Richard Farnesworth and renowned cowboy artist, Gary Morton of New Mexico.
John's work has been exhibited at: Trappings of the American West, Flagstaff, Arizona; Beyond the 98th Meridian: Images of the American West, Sedona, Arizona; Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium, Ruidoso, New Mexico; Trappings of Texas, Alpine, Texas; and the Calgary Cowboy Festival, Calgary, Alberta