Welcome to the Family

Burns is the oldest same-family owned western retail business in the world, celebrating 146 years of building heirloom quality products. The business began in 1876 with founder Miles Lamonie Burns building leather saddle harness. Since then, Burns has had six different shop names, six generations of ownership, and one family, one legacy, one culture: COWBOY. Today, 5th and 6th generation owners have built the company into a brand that embraces the spirit of the West by honoring previous generations.

At Burns, we embrace creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit in order to adapt to an ever-changing industry. We build strong relationships with our customers and create wearable works of art in the form of hand-tooled leather saddles, hand-engraved sterling silver belt buckles, hand-shaped fur felt hats, and handmade leather boots. As you can see, we do a lot of work with our hands!

We aren’t afraid to learn something new and tackle a challenge. Our team is a family, and we work hard to hold each other accountable to reach our goals, build our skills, and create our best work. We know how to have fun and are ready to learn and grow along the way.

Our Core Values

Our passion is elevating life experiences through heirloom quality products created in the Spirit of the West, since 1876. As members of the Burns team, we try to achieve this passion by exemplifying our core values in everything we do:

We are service-oriented.
We practice gratitude.
We take responsibility.
We are productive.
We ride for the brand.
We strive to be an expert in our field.
We work hard and have fun!

Meet the Experts


6th Generation Owner & President, Burns 1876

“I love being a member of the Burns team because all members know how to take responsibility. We take responsibility for our problems, and for the solutions to those problems. Because we own our issues and solutions there is no room left for spreading blame. It is so fun to set a massive team goal in a planning meeting and know that everyone on the team will take responsibility for their part and we will succeed.”


President, 1876 Media

"It always amazes me how willing our team is to serve one another. If I need help with a project at work or help with my girls at home, someone from the team is always there. This "how can I serve you" mentality translates into how we interact with our clients and community too. We strive to create fun, authentic experiences in everything we do while meeting the needs of our team, clients, and community. I always say, "You get what you give," and I think Burns embodies that statement through service."


6th Genration Owner & President, Burns Events

"At Burns we enjoy working hard in a fun, happy, helpful environment. This is evident at all of our Xtreme events. Everyone shows up early to ensure the ground is ready, the cameras are set, and questions and concerns are answered. Our team encourages each contestant as they head through the gate whether we have 150 runners or 550 runners. One of our taglines for Xtreme is "Work hard, dream big," and this is exactly what we do."


President, Burns Management

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.”
– William Faulkner

“At Burns we have an extreme amount of appreciation for the people, opportunities, challenges, and growth we experience being a part of this amazing team. We are thankful for the industry and the part we play in helping keep the Spirt of the West alive. We have an immense gratitude for the heritage and legacy that we get to be a part of nurturing and growing. It's easy to come to work when you love and appreciate what you are doing and those around you.”


President, Burns Production

“It is so incredible how this team jumps out of their lane into another for the better good of any given situation. From the president of the company unloading a show trailer to our talented craftsman and craftswomen framing a wall, and the sales staff spending 3/4 of the year on the road to sell our wonderful products. The sleep lost and overtime spent really exemplifies riding for the brand!"


President, Retail Operations

“We all have 24 hours in a day; being productive is being able to make the most of them. Creating good habits day after day until we become that person that we have long aspired and worked to be is something we strive for at Burns. Once a person is on the path of being productive daily, they can’t help but carry others along with them that want to emulate their characteristics.”


President, Outside Sales

“Burns helps each of us find our inner "win" as we strive to be experts. Expert is best described as getting better at something known by deliberate practice, which basically means practicing in order to get better. At Burns we work, ask, learn, help and ultimately grow together, offering and accepting positive feedback and suggestions on ways to improve from one another. We want to be the best at what we do so we can achieve the “win” at the end of each day and be that expert for our clients and our team.”

Join the Fun

Ready to join our team? Check out our open positions below and send a current resume and cover letter to We can't wait to meet you. If you don't see a position that fits your skills but feel you have something to contribute to the team, send your resume over.


A craftsperson is responsible for the tasks in the saddle, boot, hat, silver, and leather goods process that have been determined by the position they have been assigned while demonstrating the ability to follow the designated Burns patterns, designs, and methods to ensure a consistent quality product.

Craftsperson Core Competencies

Ensures Accountability: Holding self and others accountable to meet commitments
Collaborates: Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives
Action Oriented: Taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm
Drives Results: Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances
Communicates Effectively: Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences
Nimble Learning: Actively learning through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder
Demonstrates Self-Awareness: Using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses
Self-Development: Actively seeking new ways to grow and be challenged using both formal and informal development channels
Instills Trust: Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity

Craftsperson Duties, Responsibilities and Expectations

• Working closely with team members to produce a consistent and quality product
• Respecting the confidential nature of the patterns and methods required for the position
• Owning the accuracy and timeliness of the completion of the orders
• Being proactive in creating and implementing systems that support efficiency and improve your skill
• Following designated Burns patterns, designs, and methods of construction to ensure a quality finished product
• Setting and accomplish daily goals by following the production schedule to complete all projects on or before the specified due date
• Adhering to the standards of Burns quality and bring attention to any projects that may not meet quality prior to completion
• In some positions, demonstrating the ability to cut leather cleanly and accurately, reading and understanding patterning, as well as competence in both machine and hand stitching
• Exhibiting attention to construction, finishing and detail
• Possessing an open-minded perspective, being willing to learn and try new things
• Being able to sit or stand for extended periods of time

Job Title: Craftsperson
Job Hours: 4- 10-hour shifts (40 Hours) w/ overtime as necessary
Wage: $12-$25 depending on experience

If you would like to apply to this position, please send a cover letter and your resume with the position you are interested in as the subject line to

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