All Geared Up
The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association celebrates 20 years with a new coffee table book.
At this year’s Cowboy Crossings exhibition at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma, the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association will celebrate two decades of creating top-quality leather and silver cowboy gear. As an added bonus to this year’s event, which opens October 4, the TCAA will also unveil Cowboy Renaissance,a coffee table book that documents the works produced by the group’s members over the last 20 years.
“This is a great way to tell our story and to build momentum for what we’re all about,” says saddlemaker and TCAA member Cary Schwarz. “We’re excited to show the book off because it’s really quite amazing.”
The 10-by-11-inch full-color book is written by A.J. Mangum, with contributions by TCAA saddlemaker Chuck Stormes and Don Reeves, who recently concluded a 38-year museum career at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, which has been the home of the TCAA since its inception in 1998. Since its founding, the organization has created a unique market for highend, top-quality cowboy gear, from finely tooled saddles and intricately braided rawhide objects to meticulously crafted silver works and one-ofa-kind bits and spurs. The works are a marriage of fine art and functionality at the highest level.
“In the group we have a strategic planning committee that has a conference call every two weeks or so. We discuss all kinds of different things, and the book was one of the ideas that came from it. From basically one phone call we planned the whole thing out,” silversmith and founding member Scott Hardy says, adding that once the idea was firmly in place the book itself was a challenge to bring together but was well worth the effort. “The idea was that everybody who has been a member would be in it—it would offer a complete picture of the organization. There’s never been a book like this. For me personally, I’m honored to be included, and it’s going to be big fun to have in my home.”
The book will be sold at Cowboy Crossings during the exhibition. For information about other ways to purchase the book, visit www.tcowboyarts.org.
Cowboy Renaissance, a new book featuring cowboy gear from the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association.