Entries by TCAA


Anna Severe – Mom’s Scholarship Recipient

A few snippets about this year’s Mom’s Scholarship we promised you! Anna Severe was the recipient and here’s a few quotes and pic we wanted to share. TCAA Saddelmaker John Willemsma created the Mom’s scholarship to honor his mother Mrs. Tena Willemsma. A women who is and will be remembered for her ability to inspire […]

TCAA Fellowship 2014-15

Read More About Past Recipients Here: 2013 Fellowship | 2014-15 Fellowship This Fall, the 2014-15 TCAA fellowship recipients Beau Compton (Silversmith) and Conley Walker (Saddlemaker) completed their year of studies in their respective disciplines. Beau was able to spend several days of one on one time with both Scott Hardy and Mark Drain at their shops for valuable hands on […]

Changes to the Emerging Artists’ Contest

Hello from the TCAA The Emerging Artists’ Competition was founded by the TCAA in order to create an opportunity for aspiring craftsmen to show their work and gather as a community of like-minded people. We are all in this journey together and together we can improve our industry and preserve our culture. The Rules: Contestants […]

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2015 Emerging Artists’ Report

2015 Emerging Artist Competition January 24-25, 2015 saw the 3rd annual Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Emerging Artist Competition held at Brian Lebel’s High Noon Sale & Auction in Mesa Arizona. Each year the competition high-lights two of the Traditional trades, this year 9 Western Silversmiths along with 8 Saddlemakers participated. What a fantastic weekend of […]

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Cutting a Path – Rawhide Braider Nate Wald

Story and Photos by A.J. Mangum When Nate Wald was a student at Bozeman’s Montana State University, he took a short road trip northwest on Interstate 90 to Three Forks Saddlery, one of the West’s key suppliers of handmade saddles and tack. Row after row of saddles occupied the store’s floor space. Bits, reins, cinches […]


2014 TCAA Exhibition

The 16th annual Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Exhibition and Sale, held October 11 at Oklahoma City’s National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, featured 48 one-of-a-kind pieces from 14 active and emeritus members of the organization. TCAA artists include some of the world’s most respected saddlemakers, rawhide braiders, bit and spur makers, and western silversmiths. Ninety-six […]

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Western Leather Academy

Pedro Pedrini saddle shop is also home of the Western Leather Academy, a saddle making and leather workmanship school . Here is the spring 2014 tuition with Gene Kirkendall from Lakeport, California, James Brachet from France, and Rocky Armitage from Jamestown California