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Articles on being a cowboy artist and mastering those skills.

My TCAA Journey…..So Far

In the fall of 2012, with encouragement by some TCAA members and friends, my wife and I headed to Oklahoma City to …

The Journey of a Craftsman

The craftsman’s journey is one that can be exhausting with no reward in sight if one is not careful.  I think it …

The Bean Jar

I think that in some one’s quest to become the best that they can be in what ever their passion is, a …

Those Who Inspire

As we wind up he year 2016 and look towards the Christmas holiday and the coming new year my hope is that …

That Telecaster Twang

Each year the TCAA encourages us as members to create unique, one of a kind items for the show. One of my …

The Most Basic Elements

I’ve often suggested to long-time, serious students of saddle making that a good mental exercise is to reduce a saddle to its …

Why a miniature saddle?

Pictured (click to enlarge): 1) Scott Hardy silver and gold horn cap. 2) Detail of the bronc figure in the dish of …

A Saddlemaker’s Experience

Saddlemakers usually find their niche with one type of customer. There are reiners, cutters, cowboys, outfitters, buckaroos, cowpunchers, ropers, etc. that all …

Chalice and Paten

As a Western Silversmith for over 35 years I love to design and create buckles, horse and human Western Jewellery of all …

Where Craft Becomes Art

Time-honored craft and unmatched functionality are the hallmarks of the Traditional Cowboys Arts Association. BY MICHAEL J. NICOLA, NATIONAL COWBOY & WESTERN …