If you have an idea you believe in, sometimes you just have to go ahead and try it, even if others doubt you. That's what Jay Bauman did. Jay is an artist and craftsman born into a family of leather workers, who made fine belts and holsters. But, when Jay saw leather, he didn't see belts and holsters; he saw saddles. So, Jay took the trail less ridden and now his saddles are sought by horse owners from across the country. Rob Wilds recently travelled to the community of Muddy Pond to watch Jay at work..
Rob Wilds has been a part of the Tennessee Crossroads family since 1993. As one of our most frequent producers, and the recipient of several journalism awards throughout his various careers, Rob finds that the best reward for his work is meeting the fascinating people and visiting the interesting places he encounters in his travels. A presence in television, radio and print reporter for more than 20 years, Rob is a teacher, writer, producer and director as well as an actor (with appearances in feature films, television shows and on stage).