Traveler stops at Rocketbuster Boots to learn about cowboy lore

Traveler Daniel Sediqui is a trek through over 50 major cities, stopping in each to learn and appreciate a particular trade or skill.

In Texas, it stopped this week at Custom Handmade Rocketbuster Boots to El Paso to learn about cowboy essentials – how to make a leather boot. He also learned songwriting in Austin, participated in astronaut training in Houston, made a Stetson hat in Dallas, and cut fabrics out of picado paper in San Antonio.

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The 39-year-old economics graduate plans to collect all of his unique experiences in a self-published book, “A Piece of Your City” in March. Seddiqui hopes to remind Americans of the connections to their cities and the pride behind craftsmanship and innovation.

“My journey really began as a 6-year-old looking at maps of the United States and the world, collecting atlases, and looking at globes. As I got older, that curiosity kept growing,” said he declared.

Initially, Seddiqui started traveling when he couldn’t find a job in banking or accounting after graduating from the University of Southern California. Around this time, he had the idea of ​​trying to do 50 jobs in the different 50 states.

Daniel Seddiqui gears up to carve his own leather details at Rocketbuster Handmade Custom Boots, 115 Anthony St.

“It became my point of desperation, to leave my California bubble where I was born and raised. I said, ‘I’m going to live the map’, that’s what I call all my travels .”

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“And that’s what I try to inspire people to do through my work – explore outside of your bubble and have the chance to meet all walks of life and try different things because you’ll end up like that” , did he declare. At that time, he was blogging about his travels.

These days, Seddiqui, who is now married and has a one-year-old child, is at the end of his journey, collecting memorabilia from his travels and enjoying reminiscing on everything he’s been through.

Rocketbuster co-owner Nevena Christi shows off the first pair of boots she's ever made on Monday.  The pair features a hand painted Koi fish on the front with handcrafted detailing from top to bottom.

“I found a sense of accomplishment just because I met new people and understood their passion and what makes them excited to go to work every day,” he said.

Seddiqui, who lives in Oregon, said he always tries to jump into a new business with no expectations.

The hardest job, he says, was making art with moss on slats in Seattle. The coolest job was doing graffiti in Brooklyn, New York.

Nevena Christi helps Daniel Seddiqui carve leather details by hand at Rocketbuster on January 24.  During this process, it takes patience and skill to complete every detail before being sent to painting and assembly.

About Rocketbuster Boots, he was surprised to learn that a custom pair can start at $1,500. Although he didn’t buy a pair of boots, he said, he was able to see and learn a bit more about how the patterns are made into the leather.

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“Leatherwork is extremely delicate. If you make a mistake, you lose all those hours and the materials. It’s an incredible and complex process,” he said.

His next stop will be San Diego to learn how to make surfboards. To learn more about his travels, visit www.livingthemap.com

The Rocketbuster workshop, where over 400 pairs of handmade boots are made each year.

María Cortés González can be reached at 915-546-6150; [email protected]; @EPTMaria on Twitter.

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