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I have not been around here for a bit. I had some breathing problems over the past year and pneumonia 5 times this past winter. After some nasal surgery 2 months ago I am doing well and back in the shop. So here is what I have made lately.

I made these out of a piece of 1 1/2" x 1/2" barstock split up the center. These are the second pair of spurs I have made and the first pair of bottle openers. The jingle-bobs were turned and finished on my lathe. I made them resemble a longneck bottle. The guy I made them for will be using a 1/4" smaller rowell I made and no jingle-bobs when he rides. But he wanted the bigger rowells and bobs for his son, who he plans on giving these to when he dies. We figured they would look better on a wall with the j-bobs. The letters are nickle silver,cut with a jewelers saw and soldered on with silver solder. The button conchos are buffalo nickles, domed and soldered as well. I did a little wriggle engraving around the letters to make them pop. I enjoyed making them and hope you like looking at them. If you have any questions please ask, I will try to help.
Tom

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Good to hear that you are doing better. Without our health, what have we got?
Love the spurs and nice camera work!
Are the spurs stainless steel?
The domed buffalo head nickel button conchos are my favorite detail.
Well done and hope to see more of your work in future.

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Thanks guys. Yes, you cant do much when your sick. Trust me I tried.
The man I made them for requested the buffalo nickles, I like them too. The spurs, hangers, and buttons are just mild steel. The rowels are O1 tool steel, quenched in oil and tempered to a dark straw color for a good "ring". I turned the bottle-bobs from keystock.
I took these to JP yesterday evening. He said well lets try these out. He had some homebrew beer iced down. We took the caps off with the spurs and had a nice glass of beer. It was really good!! Put a smile on my face to see it all come together. Then he gave me something a little extra, a picture. See about a two years ago JP, another guy, and myself went out to Colorado to ride our horses in the mountains for a week. We got to ride over the great divide. Well, we rode up on some guys taking pictures one day just by pure luck. One of the guys is a professional photographer, he has photos in magazines and such. Well he took our picture over a lake called heart lake. So JP had that picture blown up and professionaly framed with a nice letter tucked in a little pouch on the back of the frame. What a gift!! It made all that work worthwhile.
I am working on a pair of spurs for my wife now. She barrel races so they will be a bit more decorated. Barrel racers like that bling and brightness. I will post them as soon as I get them done. I spent a few hours yesterday cutting her name and some stars out of Ok gold.

Tom

ps. Hope I didn't bore you with the story

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Tom, Great story about the spurs and I hope your nose/lung problems are in the past. Beautiful job on the spurs and look forward to the next story and photos too. B)

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Bore us with the story? Not hardly! Not only are those very nice looking spurs the story gives them life and history they wouldn't have without the tale.

All round a great post. Thanks.

Frosty the Lucky.

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Dang Par. Those are real nice. Known a lot of Buckaroos in my time and they'd all be proud to ride with those spurs. Beautiful

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Thank you guys!! Tenn, Colorado is a great place to ride. If I don't make it back this fall I plan on next year for sure. We have alot of big hills in Missouri but nothing like those huge mountains. It was amazing.
Tom

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