Sherman County Historical Society and Museum
Open Daily 10 until 5 May through October
News Release. October 5, 2009
Moro, Ore. --- Jamie Wilson is the featured artist in the October Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series. Her work, Artistry in Leather, will be on display through the month of October.
An artist from an early age, Wilson graduated from Sherman High School in 1999 and attended a saddle-making school in Bishop, California. There she studied leather work and made two saddles.
In 2004, Sherman County Fair Queen Sarah Bibby asked Wilson to make her chaps and serape. The rest is history. She has since made the Sherman County Fair and Rodeo Court’s chaps or chinks, as well as “cow-person apparel,” as Jamie describes it, and tack for others.
Artistry in Leather exhibits a sampling of chaps and chinks, custom made for Kylie Padget, Patti Ketchum, Emily Funkhouser, Hayli Sharp, Amanda Whitman, Kayci Sharp and Shelby von Borstel.
Chaps, from the Mexican-Spanish chaparreras, are leather leg coverings of various styles worn by working buckaroos when riding in brush or sage, for warmth in the winter, and for show in rodeos or parades.
Chaps run the full length of a rider's legs in two styles, shotgun and batwing. Shotgun chaps, the original style for working cowboys, are full length and typically closed around the leg from top to bottom. Modern shotgun chaps are usually made with a zipper or other fasteners for ease in getting them on and off. Batwing chaps are a style that came along later. They are full length, but are typically only closed around the leg from the top to just above the knee.
Chinks are similar to chaps, but shorter, typically hitting the rider below the knee but above the ankle. They are fastened around the rider’s legs by snaps, buckles, or other fasteners, but above the back of the knee, allowing the chinks to move more freely from that point downward. The fringe on chinks <http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?type=3&campid=5335820083&toolid=10001&customid=CBWArticleWhatAreChinks&ext=chinks&satitle=chinks> is also usually longer and more prominent than fringe found on chaps.
"Chinks" are pronounced as spelled, with a hard "ch" sound as in "chipmunk." Chaps, on the other hand, are pronounced with a soft "ch" which means they are pronounced "shaps."
The Sherman County Historical Museum is open daily from 10 until five. Questions? Call 541-565-3232.