- Congratulations to Carl Russell of Llano, Texas
Last year for the 2013 Western Trappings on the Llano I made and donated a pair of commemorative of spurs for their raffle. The exhibit ran from October 18 2013, through January 4, 2014. Congratulations to Carl Russell of Llano, Texas as the winner of the spurs.
Mark your calendar for Western Trappings on the Llano 2014, running from October 18, 2014 through January 4, 2015. A juried exhibition and sale of the finest western gear, trappings and original art in the Texas Hill Country.
- Former Texas Rangers Foundation Spurs
Each year Rocking W Spurs of Llano, Texas donates a pair of handmade spurs to the Former Texas Ranger Foundation for their Silver Spurs and Six Guns gala event. This year’s pair is made on a Bayer’s #4 style shank with a nice hand cut rowel. The heel band mounting is a Texas Ranger star cut from a silver quarter to simulate the Cinco Peso coin ranger badges. These spurs will sell in this year’s auction.
- @LAST Llano ART Studio Tour is coming in March 2013!
Come to Llano, Texas on March 30th and experience a wonderful day of delightful art. The 4th annual @Last Art Studio Tour will be taking place and you will be granted access to private studios normally closed to the public. Come and share in the experience and enjoy the hourly demonstrations given by our many talented artists. There will be unique one of a kind art work for sale at each studio and something for everyone. We will have a thunder gourd making demo at 1 PM plus Cowgirl Princess will have her fused glass art on display. Blacksmith Manny Daurte will be giving demos on blacksmithing and have hand crafted items for sale. Gayle Hardaway will have her leather goods on display and for sale during the day. We are lucky number 13 on the area map and look forward to seeing you on March 39. Spend the night and come the Llano Art Guild on Bessemer Street at 7 PM for a meet the artist pary.
- @LAST Llano ART Studio Tour is coming in March 2013!
Come spend the day in Llano, Texas March 30, 2013 and tour 16 commercial and private home studios normally not open to the public. Come see where we create and what new things we have created in the past year. There will be demonstrations during the day. Come to the studio of Charles and Euneen Wendt better known as Rocking W Spurs and Cowgirl Princess art glass for a unique demonstration on making “THUNDER GOURDS” One of the most unique and unusual and entertaining works of art. Each gourd is hand crafted, wood burned, hand painted and finished providing a lifetime of enjoyment. This demonstration will take place at their studio located at 1205 Ranch Road 2323 just one mile south of Llano. The demo will start at 1 PM so come early and enjoy visiting with our guest artist Gayle Hardaway showing off her wonderful leather creations. The demos normally fill up so be sure to get you a good spot. Euneens’s art fused glass will be on display and if you get her started she will show you how she makes her wonderful pieces of art. She will be glad to answer any questions you have about the process of fused glass and show you her techniques for forming her creations.
There will be art work on sale by Charles, Euneen and guest artist Gayle Hardaway, so come to Llano, enjoy a day in the beautiful Texas hill country and spend the night so you can attend the meet the artist party. The meet the artist party will be held at the Llano Art Guild at 503 Bessemer Ave from seven until the food and good times end.
- Cowboy True In Wichita Falls, Texas
Charles Wendt of Rocking W Spurs in Llano, Texas will be one of the featured artists at The Kemp Center for the Arts Cowboy True western art show. The show will be April 5th and 6th 2013 at the J. S. Bridwell Ag Center as the show have out grown the facilities available at the Kemp Center. Charles will be featuring his spurs for your viewing pleasure. The event kicks off at 4 PM on Friday with the judges selecting the best of the best pieces of art. At 6 PM the exhibit opens to the public for your enjoyment and closing at 9PM. On Saturday the exhibit will open at 10 AM and close at 5 PM. Starting at 5:30 PM will be a cocktail hour and then selected works of art will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. I will have a nice pair of spurs in this year’s auction so come early and bid high. Following the auction will be a dinner and dance. Drive a few miles, have a good time and come see us at Cowboy True.
Visit their web site www.kempcenter.org and click on the Cowboy True button to view all the exciting events for the weekend.
- @LAST Llano ART Studio Tour is coming in March 2012!
@LAST Llano ART Studio Tour is the last Saturday in March. That makes it March 31st this year. We are looking forward to the tour again this year and we’ll be doing a thunder gourd demo that day at our studio.The following artists are participating this year:
Ira Kennedy Home Studio
Painting Acrylic Ink
Texas Tin Lizard: Kathleen Smith
Mixed Media Bottle Trees
The Country Quilt Shop: Ann Fellar
Fabric & Quilts
Sweet Mesquite: Ken Cline
Wood & Frames
Tom Suarez Photography
Llano Fine Arts Guild
Nailhead Spur Company: Richard Wendt
DustDevilDiver Photography: Briley Mitchell
A Rosy Outlook
Mixed Media / Jewelry
Gridiron Gallery: Jack Moss
Watercolor Western Art
ClayThings: Lynda Hallmark Gammage
Dana Williams Wood, the Single Tree Collection
Sapphire (Sheri Zoch) Home Studio
Fused glass and oils
Charles & Euneen Wendt Home Studio
Spurs, Iron, Fused Glass, Gourd Art
Myrick Studio: Harriet Myrick
Bob & Lisa Pheil Home Studio
Iron & Baskets
Lou Quallenberg Home Studio
Sculpted Mesquite Wood
Copper Wind Spirals
Shade Tree Potter
- International Guild Of Bit And Spur Makers Names Featured Artist For January 2012
Llano Texas Spur Maker Charles Wendt Named Featured Artist for January 2012
The International Guild of Bit and Spur Makers (IGBSM) has named Llano spur maker Charles Wendt as the featured artist for the month of January 2012. The guild’s purpose is to promote the skills of bit and spur making and recognizing various makers who have submitted works for the jury process and been awarded a guild stamp. One of the main goals is to bring the art of bit and spur making to the attention of the general public and help grow this unique art form.
Charles Wendt has been making spurs for over 20 years and is known locally as the owner of Nailhead Spur Co. Inc. Charles became interested in fine cowboy gear and equipment while living in Alpine, Texas, a community rich in western heritage and culture. While working on his teaching certification from Sul Ross State University, Charles was fortunate to have renowned metal engraver Johny Weyerts as his mentor at Alpine Junior High School while doing his student teaching. Charles got to see the fine art of metal engraving and later took an engraving class from Mr. Weyerts. Having completed the student teaching program and starting his teaching career in Van Horn, Texas, Charles started using spur making as a tool in the metal shop classes. Struggling with the correct methods of making each of the spur parts and reinventing the wheel each time they made a pair of spurs another fortunate turn of events brought well known Marfa, Texas spur maker Frank “Buddy” Knight to Van Horn as Charles’ student teacher. Buddy reinvigorated the desire to make spurs and showed Charles the tricks of the trade by sharing his vast knowledge of spur making.
In 1998 Charles and Euneen Wendt moved to Llano and started Nailhead Spur Co. Inc. The business first featured his custom spurs and continued to grow into a complete metal fab business, building gates, fire screens, light fixtures and many other items of metal art. In September of 2011 Charles retired and sold the business to their son Richard Wendt.
Charles currently builds custom spurs, buckles, bits, and art sculptures in his home shop in Llano. Along with the metal working he also continues his chuck wagon catering business with the Rockin’ Dubya chuck wagon. Information about his work can be found on his website www.rockingwspurs.com.
If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Charles Wendt, please phone 325-247-5543 or 512-557-2229 or email Charles at firstname.lastname@example.org