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Visitors to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum® can enjoy a unique exhibit of collector's quality cowboy gear through December 6. The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) 11th Annual Exhibition and Sale offer the finest of Western saddles, bits, spurs, braided rawhide gear and exquisite silver work by talented gear makers from the western United States and Canada.

TCAA is dedicated to producing the finest in cowboy craftsmanship and passing on the knowledge to insure the continuation of these arts at the highest level. It is apparent, after only one decade, that the TCAA has elevated the craftsmanship of the Western trades to a distinctive level.

In normal circumstances, a maker of saddles or spurs cannot invest the number of hours in a piece to make it truly extraordinary. To make an adequate return on their time, they would price themselves out of the cowboy market. This exhibition and sale provide a market place for gear makers who desire to stretch their abilities and create functional but exquisite gear that a working hand could only dream of owning. This prestigious event attracts buyers from across the country interested in purchasing authentic objects that range in value from several hundred dollars to $50,000.

Don Reeves, the National Cowboy Museum's McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture, said, “The TCAA Exhibition and Sale truly meet the expectations of a sophisticated Western clientele familiar with good working gear and fine craftsmanship. The public has the opportunity to view an extraordinary exhibition and purchase works by master cowboy gear makers.”

A cowboy’s saddles and spurs, along with his bits and reatas, are among his highly prized possessions. The better the maker, the more valued the cowboy gear. Artisans participating in the 2009 exhibition include:

Dave Alderson, silversmith

Rick C. Bean, saddlemaker

Wilson Capron, bit & spur maker

Mark Dahl, bit & spur maker

Greg Darnall, bit & spur maker

Armando Deferrari, rawhide braider

Mark Drain, silversmith

John C. Ennis, bit & spur maker

Scott Hardy, silversmith

Leland Hensley, rawhide braider

Mehl Lawson, rawhide braider

Pablo Lozano, rawhide braider

Bill Maloy, saddlemaker

Ernie Marsh, bit & spur maker

Jean Pierre “Pedro” Pedrini, saddlemaker

Cary Schwarz, saddlemaker

Chuck Stormes, saddlemaker

Nate Wald, rawhide braider

John Willemsma, saddlemaker

Russell Yates, bit & spur maker

Other examples of authentic cowboy gear from the Museum’s permanent collections are displayed throughout the American Cowboy and American Rodeo Galleries and the Western Performers Gallery.

Nationally accredited, the National Cowboy Museum is located at the junction of I-44 and I-35 in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District. For more information, visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org or call (405) 478-2250.






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