Visitors to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum can enjoy a unique exhibit of collector's quality cowboy gear through December 2, 2007. The ninth 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 17 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 nine 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.
Artisans participating in the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association exhibition include Dave Alderson, Silversmith; Rick Bean, Saddlemaker; Wilson Capron, Bit and Spur Maker; Mark Dahl, Bit and Spur Maker; Greg Darnall, Bit and Spur Maker; Mark Drain, Silversmith; John C. Ennis, Bit and Spur Maker; Scott Hardy, Silversmith; Dale Harwood, Saddlemaker; Bill Heisman, Bit and Spur Maker; Leland Hensley, Rawhide Braider; Bill Maloy, Saddlemaker; Ernie Marsh, Bit and Spur Maker; Steve Mecum, Saddlemaker; Cary Schwarz, Saddlemaker; Chuck Stormes, Saddlemaker; and Nate Wald, 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 collectors are quick to set aside the last weekend in September for the opening weekend activities. Patrons are anxious to witness how the TCAA craftsmen stretch their talents and broaden the horizons of traditional Western gear.
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.
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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