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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 3, 2006. The eighth annual Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) Exhibition and Sale offers the finest of Western saddles, bits, spurs, braided rawhide gear and exquisite silver work by 18 talented gear makers from the western United States and Canada.

The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association 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 eight years, that the TCAA has elevated the craftsmanship of the Western trades to a distinctive level.

Cowboy gear is essential to the Western lifestyle. 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.

One new member was welcomed to the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association this year ~ Greg Darnall, bit and spur maker from McKinney, Texas. Other artisans participating in the exhibition include David Alderson, silversmith; Rick Bean, saddlemaker; Mike Beaver, rawhide braider; bit and spur maker Wilson Capron; Mark Dahl, bit and spur maker; Mark Drain, silversmith; Scott Hardy, silversmith; and Dale Harwood, saddlemaker.
Also among the exhibitors are John C. Ennis, bit and spur maker; Bill Heisman, bit and spur maker; saddlemaker Bill Maloy; Ernie Marsh, bit and spur maker; Steve Mecum, saddlemaker; Cary Schwarz, saddlemaker; Chuck Stormes, saddlemaker; and Nate Wald, rawhide braider.

The TCAA exhibition has grown, become more entertaining, and provides Westerners and city slickers alike the opportunity to enjoy old friends and make new ones. Diehard attendees are quick to set aside the last weekend in September for their annual pilgrimage to the Museum, anxious to witness once again how these craftsmen stretch their talents and broaden the horizons of traditional Western gear.

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

The National Cowboy Museum marked its 50th anniversary in 2005. Nationally accredited, the 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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