Leon estimates he’s made about 400 pairs of spurs since he started.
Leon has spurs all over the country, including Alaska. He added there is also a pair somewhere in Germany.
Leon’s personal pair of spurs was recently featured in a book about contemporary spur makers. He also has several pair on display in cowboy museums across the state.
Leon works out of a shop in his backyard. He says the best part of his job is that he can do it when he wants to. “If this was a job, I wouldn’t do it,” he said with a chuckle.
Leon and his wife, Shirley, have lived in Winslow for 15 years and have three daughters, Paula Sue Soehner, DeLeslie Sellens and Shannan King.
Leon also enjoys golf and plays regularly. He was featured in the Ocotober 8, 2001 issue of Sports Illustrated for participaing in “Cowboy Up with Cowboy Golf.”
The tournament is played by two rules. Contestants are only allowed three clubs and must ride a horse., instead of in a cart. They are also required to use a cow chip as a tee on the 5th hole.
The tournament raises money for charities.