Day 5- My Goal this week was to give Tanner and Jodi Knowledge, Experience and Process that would start to form a Base allowing them to take their Ideas and Creativity from their Heads to their Hands.
Through the week they each Built a Buckle(shape, size, edge of their own choosing) that put them through the Paces of Designing Complicated Fabrication Techniques:
-These steps were Designed to Understand that if you Learnt your Basics, Respect the Trade and Materials, Dedicate Yourself to Learning that overtime You can Accomplish what you Desire.
This was a Long 5 Days filled with Discussions, Theory, Challenges and Revelations(AWE-HAW Moments). Sounds Hard Perhaps but because of their Dedication it was also Fun!
Thank You to the TCAA Providing These Opportunities, Thank You to the Sponsors for Making it Possible and Thank You to Jodi and Tanner for having the Courage and Desire to want to Continue True Cowboy Craftsmanship.
Along with Extensive Discussion about Pricing, Career Motives and Moving from Craft to Art with Dedication to a Chosen Discipline.
Day 3- We Journeyed to Chuck Storme’s Shop where Tanner and Jodi were inspired by Chuck over 50 years of Dedication to Craftsmanship, his Shop Organization and Purpose Plus Silver pieces he had On Hand from John Ennis and The Murry Brothers.
We returned to my Shop and they Proceeded on Their Projects all the Time Discussing the Purpose and Life Of a Craftsperson and Craftsmanship.
As They Said At The End Of The Day – “Life Changing”
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.
Cary 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.
Last week I had the pleasure of having Amy Raymond from Helix OR. learning about bridle bits and we spent the week making one. Already an accomplished spur maker she comes from a ranching family in the Pendleton Oregon area and in fact is in charge of the Pendleton Cattle Barons Annual Cowboy Gear Exhibition and Show, an event that I am proud to participate in. She put in some long but productive hours and managed to have a nice one completed just in time to catch a plane home. I’m confident she will have much success in the future of her business. – Ernie Marsh
Mike Silver of Okotoks, Alberta Joined me in the shop May 7-9. For the first half of the day we did drawing exercises to help him with design and creativity. The second half I answered an array of questions Mike had ranging from soldering, inlay, chain making, files, etc. It was a great three days in the shop. On Saturday we traveled to Abilene to the Western Heritage event and enjoyed the day visiting with many other bit and spur makers and craftsman.
– Wilson Capron
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
Rawhide Braiding Mentor Nate Wald and Student Caleb French in a video produced by the Wyoming Arts Council