My Col­lec­tion

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The Col­lec­tion:

“These brand­ing irons are signs of hard work, pride, and ded­i­ca­tion,” Den­ton says.

“I see the brands of my sis­ter and mine, given to us as chil­dren,” she con­tin­ues. “You can see the smaller U and ‘bar’ irons that were meant for our ranch’s younger calves. The smaller irons al­low the brand to grow with the an­i­mal.

“The iron in the mid­dle, which looks like a big hook, is called a run­ning iron,” Den­ton ex­plains. “It’s been many years since we used this iron, but it’s a re­minder of the days with no fences. A cow­boy tied this run­ning iron on his sad­dle, and when he found a ‘long ear,’ he roped and branded the calf in a free­hand sort of way. These brand­ing irons in­voke a feel­ing of love of my land, my an­i­mals, and my coun­try.”

The Col­lec­tor: Laurel Den­ton Skull Val­ley, Ari­zona

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