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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.

Scott Hardy

Day 4- Worked Hands-on at Complicated Scroll and Flower Overlay Soldering Technics and Theory.

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”

Day 2- We worked on the Technical and Practical aspect(hands on) of Complicated Soldering Procedures.

– Designing and Executing Scroll and Flower Overlays.

– In Depth Discussion on the Ethics of Western Craftsmanship.

 

“Respect the Craft- Make Something Beautiful! ” —  Steve Jobs

Day 1- Tanner Crow and Jodi Brown arrived – we went over intended projects piece by piece and began. 

We talked about steps “process” along with a long talk on what their goals were in their chosen trades and how perhaps they can fulfill those goals.

Hermann-Oak-LogoThe TCAA is proud to welcome Hermann Oak Leather as a sponsor and supporter of its ongoing programs. Hermann Oak Leather has been tanning quality leathers in St. Louis, Missouri for the world’s leading saddlemakers since 1881 and continues to produce the leather that makes the TCAA level of craftsmanship possible. Read more

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The 2020 TCAA’s Emerging Artist Competition!

Again, we are exited it will be held at Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction, Mesa Convention Center, 263 N Center Street, Mesa Arizona on January 24-26, 2020.


DISCIPLINE

We believe by focusing on one discipline per year we can give participates more exposure to collectors, the public and other Western Crafts people creating more opportunity and growth in the industry.

January 2020 – Bit & Spur Makers

AWARDS

First Place – $5,000 value, cash and prizes

($2500 check. $2500 value for travel and hotel package to the 21st Annual Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

The first place winner will be enjoy the weekend festivities and be introduced on-stage during the opening night banquet.

Second Place – $1,000 check
Third Place – $500 check

Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction People’s Choice Award $500 voted on by the public will be awarded by Brian and Melissa Lebel


Any Questions?

Contact Wilson Capron wkcapron@gmail.com or Scott Hardy scott@scotthardy.com

The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association is excited to offer this competition to the Cowboy trades!


TCAA Emerging Artists Competition Schedule

2021- Saddle Makers 
2022- Western Silversmiths
2023- Rawhide Braiders

Here are Details for the Application and Rules:

  • There is no official application form, simply email a complete bio with personal photo along with as many photos of your recent work  as possible to both Wilson Capron wkcapron@gmail.com and Scott Hardy scott@scotthardy.com (Make sure photos are of appropriate size so they are easy to see and under 1MB)
  •  If you have applied before you can apply again.
  •  The top 10 entries in each category will be accepted.
  • All work/designs must be original — made only by the contestant.

If you are accepted:

  • You are allowed one (1) piece.
  •  You must personally deliver your work and be responsible for it during the event.
  •  The piece has to be at the TCAA booth by 10:00 am on the date stated above.
  •  This is a competition Not a Sales Event, we will not sell your work. We will NOT post prices but if there is interest in a piece, that is between the interested party and Craftsperson and should be done away from the display.
  •  The winners (one in each discipline) will be announced at the beginning of Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction.
  •  If you are selected as the winner, you will receive a check along with travel and hotel expenses to the annual Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition and Sale at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in October. There you will be introduced on stage during the banquet.

Things to Remember:

  •  Although this is a competition the TCAA is trying to build community between Craftspeople, we believe the Emerging Artist weekend is a great opportunity for everyone to exchange ideas and form friendships both furthering their disciplines.
  •  TCAA members and Judges in attendance are all there on a volunteer basis to try to further Western Craftsmanship and camaraderie in the disciplines.
  •  Everyone in attendance is expected to be polite and professional – those who are not will be asked to leave.
  •  If you would like a critique of your work from the Judges that will be available but if you don’t ask it won’t be given.

Please come and enjoy!

Hotel accommodations – there are many in the area, here is the Host Hotel for the show (ask for Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction Rate)

Phoenix Marriott Mesa
200N Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ
Phone 1-800-835-9873 or 480-898-8300