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How to tie a Double Diamond Knot and Horse Packing Q&A

We were privileged to have Travis Sparks come by and do a packing demo the other day. Hunting is a totally different experience with horses. One hunter told me his story about finally getting his deer right at the end of the day, and was dreading the hike back uphill to the truck. Luckily some horse packers saw him, came down, and helped him quarter & pack out the deer. He would have been out there way past sunset without their help! Packing isn’t just Continue reading →

How to make a Boa Paracord Bracelet

While I was walking past the Rope Room the other day, our Hardware buyer, Blaine Taylor, called me over. “I have a surprise for you,” he said. Next thing I knew, I found myself in a dark sideroom looking at a bundle of paracord that glowed in the dark! Just a short time under an LED flashlight was all it took to activate the PARAGLOW white and light blue paracord Blaine just got in. “Wow!” I thought. “This would be so cool to turn into Continue reading →

How to Make Dried Apricots & Apricot Jam

What do you do with a couple pounds of fresh Utah apricots? Some of the best ways to preserve that fresh, tangy sweetness are dehydrating apricots and turning them into apricot freezer jam. Maggie & Hannah are 10-year-old friends, cousins, and daughters of Smith & Edwards employees. They gave it a shot! Here’s how they did – and if they can do it, YOU & your kids can, too! Making Dried Apricots You’ll need: Food Dehydrator Kitchen knife Wash and dry the apricots. Then, cut Continue reading →

How to Freeze Beets

Beets are a yummy vegetable packed with nutrients like manganese, potassium, copper, magnesium, vitamin C, iron, and vitamin B6. They’re a delicious Utah summer crop, and you can freeze beets to enjoy them year-round. Our produce experts Vickie Maughan, our Housewares manager, and Jean from Pettingill’s Fruit Farm, teamed up to freeze beets last week and here’s how they did it. You’ll need: Disposable gloves Kitchen knife Pot of water Ziploc freezer bags How to Freeze Beets Put on your gloves! Wash the fresh beets Continue reading →

How to Rope (Video): Team Ropin’ Tips

Kwade Kosoff and Pace & Wells Thompson stayed after the 2nd Annual Dummy Ropin’ here at Smith & Edwards to show us some dummy ropin’ runs and give tips on how to head & heel rope. Head & Heel Ropin’ Tips from Kwade & Kyle Kosoff Dummy ropin’ is a ton of fun, whether you’re a team roper or a backyard roper. Kyle provided commentary on tips & what to watch for. Start practicing after school or work and you’ll be a pro roper in Continue reading →

How to Can Applesauce in 6 Easy Steps!

Fall is here! The leaves are falling, the wind is cooler, and it’s time to get ready for winter. One of my favorite ways is by storing all the delicious food we have enjoyed in the summer, so we can have it in the winter as well. Vickie Maughan, our canning and housewares department manager, shared with us her great recipe for making canned applesauce at home. And we want to share it with you! The perk of this recipe, is you can eat it Continue reading →

How to wrap a Mule Hide Horn Wrap

Everyone knows about the elk herd over on Highway 89, north of Pettingill’s and just across the freeway from us. Smith & Edwards, you may not realize, has been raising a mule herd for decades. I wouldn’t tell you a tall tale! These mules have been here in the yard since we started making tack back in 1979. We feed them corn cobs, pemmican bites, leftover MREs, all kinds of things. That turns them a little blue, just like the mule hide. (Eeyore is a Continue reading →

3 Ways to Shape a Palm Leaf Hat

Need some shade at the rodeo or playing after work? Our Western guy Marty can show you how to shape a palm leaf hat today in a Gus, Brick Top, & Buckaroo style. He shapes these cowboy hats here at the store with a steamer, and you can shape yours with just a bucket of water at home – watch how! Cowboy Hat Styles In the Buckaroo style, you’ll have a smooth bowl-shaped indent in the crown, round all the way around. Use a bowl Continue reading →

How to Put a Speed Burner on a Rope

A plastic speed burner will protect your honda while ropin. We get asked how to put a speed burner on a rope pretty often – so here’s a 2-minute video showing you how to do it at home! Speedburners are so quick to put on & easy to use. How to put a Speedburner on Your Rope Like Marty showed, all you need is your speedburner, your rope with a honda (click here to see how to tie a honda), and a microwave with a Continue reading →

How to Use a Sewing Awl (Video)

Awls are some of the handiest tools in a leather repair kit. A sewing awl can stitch up a leather bag, sew a canvas satchel, or even help you repair upholstery. In this video, Marty, our Western Dept guy, shows you how to load a needle in the “Awl for All” sewing awl, get the thread ready, and begin sewing a basic lockstitch. And now you know how to use a sewing awl! What would you make with this tool? Leave a comment & let Continue reading →