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4660 S. Fig, Fresno, CA. 93706 USA
Potzernitz Harness & Saddlery
grandfather, Steve Potzerntiz, became an apprentice in 1900 at the age of
twelve in Hungary . After arriving in Los Angeles in 1922, he found work with Brydon Bros.
and then Lichtenberger Ferguson Co. He moved his family to Fresno in
1933, where he went to work for A. D.Colliver & Son.In 1938 Steve's son,
Joe, also went to work in the shop. Returning to work after his service
as a Navy Pilot in World War II, Joe and his father purchased the business
in 1946, they named it, Potzernitz and Sons. But, over the years
customers would say, "Take it to Steve he'll know what to do.", so
the name changed to Steve's Saddle Shop. As is the case in a family business,
all of the Potzernitzs' worked in the saddle shop at one time or another.
In 1958, I began by washing windows, cleaning saddles and harness, and sweeping the floors,
all the while learning to make "waxed ends". While working
alongside my grandfather Steve and father Joe, I have learned a craft
that is as much art as craftsmanship.