TRADITIONAL COWBOY ARTS ASSOCIATION

Traditions of Time.
Mastery of craft.

The Four Artforms of the Traditional Cowboy Arts

Silversmithing

Whether it is a buckle, saddle silver, or flask, the works of a master silversmith carry deep meaning as they speak to the personality of both the artist and wearer. The traditional technique of a western silversmith is a rare expertise which utilizes bright cut engraving for elaborate designs that reflect light in precious metals.

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Belt Buckle

Scott Hardy

SADDLEMAKING

Symbolizing the connection between horse and rider, the saddle is an iconic piece of western life. Saddlemaking requires many finely-honed skills that can be admired in each finished piece. From the initial design of the saddle to the meticulous carving and stitching of leathers, every detail tells a story of craftsmanship.

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Saddle

Troy West

BIT & SPUR Making

The bit and spur are used as a form of communication between horse and rider that creates a united partnership. This craft is accomplished with steady, skilled hands and an artistic mind of a master bit and spur maker. The forging of mouthpieces, the filing of bit shanks, and the engraving of heel bands all require a mastery of metals and design, with a practical knowledge of the elements of effective tack.

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Spurs

Ernie Marsh

RAWHIDE BRAIDING

Crafting braid work from animal hides is a time-honored tradition in the West. Rawhide braiders are highly trained artists who have mastered the patience, concentration and dexterity needed to prepare, cut and braid these beautiful and durable works of art. Each piece is a significant transformation of natural material into intricately braided patterns and designs.

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Hobbles

Nate Wald

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