Welcome to Alberta, Canada! Listen in as Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) founding member Scott Hardy tells us about the embodiment of the west that can be found in the art of saddle making, bit and spur making, silversmith and raw hide braiding.

2015-03-04 11.46.16Wilson Capron hosted a March 3-6. The class was attended by six students coming from California, New Mexico and Texas. Each student was able to complete a pair of spurs while learning metal finish and the steps taken to make a pair of spurs. Students were taught to use equipment like belt sanders, buffers, a band saw and files that are very important to the process. Five of the six students stayed at Wilson’s shop bunk house where his wife Katy served three meals a day. This was a great class where friendships were made that will make everyone a better craftsman.

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Beau Compton just finished 7 days of intensive – very intensive – training in my shop as part of his TCAA Fellowship. In that time we concentrated on design, die work, forming, fabrication, engraving and filigree along with this we had long discussions on pricing, business practices and continuing education. It was a very productive time.

At one point Beau commented to me that 5 years ago he didn’t know if he would ever get to meet Mark Drain or myself and now thanks to the TCAA Fellowship he has spent time in both our shops.

I personally want to thank Beau for being a focused student and for his dedication to Western Silversmithing.

I want to remind anyone interested in applying for the TCAA Fellowship Scholarship program please remember entries close April 1st and if you have applied before don’t hesitate to apply again. You are allowed and encouraged to apply multiple times.
For more information go to TCAA website or contact a TCAA member.

Scott Hardy

3_students_spring_2014Pedro 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

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Gene Kirkendall

James Brachet

James Brachet

Rocky Armitage

Rocky Armitage

Capron classCary Schwarz taught a design and floral carving class at Christoval, Texas June 17,18. Ten students spent one day working on paper learning principles of design, and a systematic way of laying visual information down. The second day featured instruction on swivel knife work, stamping tool selection and use. This session was held at Wilson and Katy Capron’s home and shop where the students enjoyed world class hospitality and Katy’s fabulous meals.

 
Students attending:
Morgan Seaman
Ross Bullinger
Clint Haverty
Russ Harris
Ely Ganzer
Dylan Randall
Taylor Meeske
Wayne Decker
Jeff Greer

Cody Briggs

 
It was a good time had by all!
 
– Cary Schwarz

wc-class-photoA Drawing /Engraving class today in Wilson Capron’s shop is wrapping up. The class started Thursday morning with exercises in developing their skills of observation to enhance their drawings and designs. After lunch each day engraving mechanics and problems have been addressed.

Cary Schwarz and his son T.J. are here filming for a future video featuring these exercises in drawing.

Chip Merchant, a bit and spur maker from Mollala, Or spent some time in my shop last week. We designed and got a pretty good start on a pair of buckaroo spurs. We discussed functional aspects , design, engraving and finishing techniques of bridle bits and spurs though the course of the week. He’s a talented individual and very determined to get it right. I think we can all look foreword to seeing some nice work from him in the future.

Sincerely ! Ernie Marsh

Chip at the bench Ernie Marsh: Chip Merchant work in progress

 

Rawhide Braiding Mentor Nate Wald and Student Caleb French in a video produced by the Wyoming Arts Council

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#1- Concept drawing.

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#2- Figure drawing.

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#3- Beginning soldering process.

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4- Soldering rope edge on to buckle.

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#5- Soldering rope edge on to buckle.

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#6- Close up of soldering edge on.

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#7- Edge partially soldered on.

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#8- Finishing pieces for lariat edge.

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#9- Pieces all in place for the lariat edge.

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#10- Figure transferred on to 14K yellow Gold and I am sawing it out before soldering it on to the buckle.

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#11- Figure, flower centers and TCA logo sawn out(all 14K yellow Gold) and soldered onto buckle. Also scrolls and flower pattern has been drawn on and negative space has been sawn out.

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#12- buckle has been polished and I have started hand sculpting the figure.

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#13- I’ve finished sculpting the figure and TCA.

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#14- Sculpting the flowers and scrolls.

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#15- Engraving and background process begins.

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#16 & #17- Finished Buckle.

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#16 & #17- Finished Buckle.

 

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These are the Spanish colonial spurs for this years exhibit ,they represent the most time I have ever put into one project. I was inspired to go the distance on these by the  ornamental spurs of the Spanish artisans of the 1700’s thru early 1800’s as well as  the works of Master Maker John Ennis  who seemingly stretched even their talents.

Spanish spurs 2The men who proudly wore these styles as well as the men who made them lived in a time when life was cheap, warfare, strife and hardship were the norm, their family honor, fighting, and horsemanship skills were their main sources of pride.. rightly so as quite often their lives depended them.

Plenty of time to think of such things while these were in progress..

Ernie

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