- September Spur and Buckle Making School
Once a student feels comfortable with their ability to engrave they apply the engraving to their spurs. The patterns are kept simple, they are given instructions and assistance as they apply the engraving.Working from a pattern created by the student the shanks are rough cut on the band saw and then given the final shape with the belt grinder and files.
All students want to embellish their projects with some type of engraving. Engraving is an art and is taught by professional engravers. Here the student is introduced to the basic wriggle and wheat stalk patterns of engraving. Depending on skill levels the student will practice for several hours getting the feel of the tools and cutting of the metal.
Once the spurs are assembled the student creates overlay mountings for the spurs and draws patterns. The patterns are transferred to nickel silver sheet and cut with a jewelers saw.
Once the overlay mountings are sawn and filed to final shape the student is taught how to solder them to the spurs. This student had never used a torch but after a brief lesson was able to complete the mounting process.
The buckle making part of the school incorporates all the same skills learned during the spur making part of the school. Again form and function is discussed to help the student create a buckle they can use. This is the first buckle made and shows how the student’s eye for detail resulted in nice two piece ranger set.
The finished pair of spurs is the first pair the student ever made. The design is based on what they think a nice spur should look like. There is a discussion about form and function during the design stage to assist in achieving a pair of spurs they can be proud to own.
For more information about the spur making schools, buckle making schools and combination schools contact Rocking W Spurs in Llano, Texas.
- July Spur School
Clint and Brad came from East Texas to attend the Rocking W Spurs spur making school this July. Mother nature was kind since the temperature had been running in the 100’s plus the week before and this week it never got out of the 80’s with cooling rain almost every day. They were great students as we went through the process of spur making from design to function and ended with engraving the hand cut over lays on the finished product. The spur schools run for three days with all tools and materials provided. When the class is over each student has a pair of spurs they have completed under my supervision. The students get to work with designs and patterns they create as they take their spurs from an idea to a working finished product.
- Spur School Updates
It is hard to believe we are starting the summer months here in the Texas Hill Country and have not it a 100 degrees so far. I am thinking we will reach that mark by the end of next week. The June and July spur schools are all full. I will be in and out doing catering jobs in the middle of August and doing a little traveling to a cooler climate the last of July and early August. The month of September is shaping up good with one school full in the middle of the month. If you are interested in learning the process of making good old fashion cowboy working spurs you need to contact me to schedule a class before they all fill up. I will be teaching the basic techniques of spur making so my students can go home and with a minimum amount of tools create spurs for their personal use as well as spurs to sell to the public. It has always been fun and a learning experience for me as well as the students each time I hold a class. I am always amazed how well my students think outside the box and come up with simple and unique ways to convert their shop into a spur making shop with little or no out lay of money.
If you are interested in attending one of my spur making schools you need to contact me as soon as possible to schedule a date. I am involved in the Western Trapping On The Llano exhibit at the Llano Museum (llanomuseum.org) for information about the exhibit and auction. That will prevent me from having schools in most of the month of October. November can be a very busy month for spur makers so I recommend signing up now for classes before all of the spaces are taken.