Entries by TCAA

Cowboy Renaissance

PURCHASE HERE In 1998, a group of the West’s leading cowboy artisans—­saddlemakers, silversmiths, rawhide braiders, and bit and spur makers—recognized a threefold crisis: a shortage of newcomers entering their trades, an aging master class of artists, and fewer opportunities for apprentices to find willing, qualified mentors. Disciplines that had been part of the cowboy culture […]

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TCAA Mom’s Scholarship

The TCAA is pleased to announce the creation of a new MOM’S Scholarship in the amount of $1000.00 to be used to help defer expenses associated with the recipient’s tuition and travel when studying with a TCAA member. The MOM’s Scholarship is to be awarded to a woman seeking to improve her skills in one […]


The Story to be Told

Recently I was intrigued by a article on the internet regarding a fine set of pistols, they were indeed artworks of the finest sort, a matched set of handmade flintlocks. They were gifted to George Washinton by the Marquis de Laffayett, who had fought by his side on ocassion during the Revolutionary War. It’s a […]

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Continuing Education

The last several years I have had the opportunity to continue my education, or portions of it, by studying under some great craftsmen/artists. I want to take the opportunity to explain the importance of this. Not only the aspect of improving my skill set, but how it affects the day to day approach of working […]

Western Craftsmanship Symposium

by Nick Pernokas, Senior Feature Writer, Shop Talk! For the past 18 years, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City has teamed up with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association to produce the definitive exhibition and sale of the cowboy arts. These items include spectacular saddles, braiding, silver work, bit, and spurs. The […]

Emerging Artist Competition 2017

The 5th annual TCAA Emerging Artist Competition was held at Brian Lebel’s High Noon Auction and Sale. This year saw the eleven Saddlemakers competing from all over North America with one from France. Saturday evening the winners were announced in front of over 500 people just before the Famed auction began. First place – Mike […]


Cowboy Objet D’Art

From the Western Horse Review With precious metal is a tradition as old as man on horseback, and deserves the respect of being done one piece at a time by hand, says silver/goldsmith, Scott Hardy. The marrow of that quote cradles the worship-like passion Hardy has for the art of cowboy culture, but it also […]