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Featured Artist: Deana McGuffin

Deana McGuffin

A native New Mexican, Deana has been making custom cowboy boots for 25 years. You could say it's in her blood -- she comes from a family of distinguished custom boot makers.

Deana's grandfather, C.C. McGuffin, was 27 when he left Texas to set up his own boot shop in the Roswell, New Mexico courthouse square in 1915. His son, L.W. (Deana's father), became one of the Southwest's finest and most sought-after leather-craftsmen.

In 1981, Deana began learning from and working with her dad until she went out on her own to Clovis, NM. Father and daughter have demonstrated their craft at the Smithsonian Institute and at New Mexico Folk-life Festivals. Their boots have also been displayed at Arizona's Desert Caballeros Western Museum, and in the exhibition "Sole of the West" which was toured by the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Deana is an annual participant in the Boot & Saddle Makers Round-Up – the largest boot-making convention in the world, held in Wichita Falls, Texas - a veritable "Who's Who" of custom boot-making. In 2004 she won the prestigious Open Class Award, and in 2005 she was one of the judges at this event.

Deana taught boot-making through the New Mexico Arts Division's Master and Apprentice program and currently lives in Albuquerque, where she continues to craft show quality cowboy boots.

Contact Information:

Deana McGuffin
McGuffin Custom Boots

Albuquerque, NM
(505) 452-0690


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