Joe Bianchi Handmade Bits and Spurs

Joe Bianchi Spurs

Joe Bianchi, Blacksmith and Master Texas Spur Maker Article Written by Philip Bianchi BIANCHI, JOE (1871–1949). Joe Bianchi, blacksmith and master Texas spur maker, was born on August 5, 1871, in Origgio, Italy, to Luigi and Maria (Zafferoni) Bianchi. He came to America with his family in 1885, this after his oldest brother Vincent had sent back a good report from Victoria, Texas, to the family in Italy. Vincent worked on building the New York, Texas and Mexican Railroad from Rosenberg to Victoria which became known as the “Macaroni Line” named such because of the imported Italian railroad workers and the many shipments of pasta brought in for them. The youngest of the four brothers, Joshua, later became an engineer for Southern Pacific Railroad, while Paul, the second of the four Bianchi brothers went right to work blacksmithing and Joe stayed on the farm since he was just fourteen years old when the family arrived. As early as 1896 Paul and Joe had formed a partnership and … [Read more...]

Earlon Shirley Spurs

Earlon Shirley Spurs

The late Earlon Shirley grew up in a ranching family and at the age of seventeen started working at a cotton gin and the managing a farm co-op. At some point and time in life Earlon had the desire to make things and while on a vacation with his family he met an Indian silversmith and picked his brain about the silversmithing trade and that visit gave him enough information to get started making jewelry and eventually hunting knives, but Earlon was looking for something else so he turned to making handmade cowboy spurs. At first all of his spurs were one piece handforged spurs and then he started making two piece spurs that were just as good due to the high quality metal he used. The mountings on Earlon Shirley's spur were pretty much always sterling silver and occasional gold highlights. The custom spurs pictured here a a low number {#13} and they appear to be one piece spurs due to the look of the shank and heel band. Earlon Shirley really became recognized as a top spur maker and … [Read more...]

Crockett Bits and Spurs

Crockett Spurs

Crockett Bits and Spurs Oscar Crockett was born in 1887 in Pecos Texas. When Oscar was a young boy he watched his brother Arthur Crockett make handmade spurs and was very interested in making spurs himself. Oscar Crockett made his first pair of spurs under the shade of a tree. In 1910 Oscar rode a train with a load of cattle from Magdalena, New Mexico to Kansas City, once he got there he decided to stay and work in a blacksmith shop. Oscar made wagons during the day and at night he made Bits and Spurs. In 1916 Oscar Crockett opened a blacksmith shop of his own in Pawhuska Oklahoma, a short time later he sold hi shop and moved to Bremerton Washington to work in a shipyard. Still on the move Oscar returned to Kansas City and opened another blacksmith shop and began doing work for the Charles P. Shipley Saddlery, Crockett worked for Shipley until 1920. W. Brice Crockett helped Oscar with financial backing and they bought out the Shipley interest in the the bit and spur making shop. … [Read more...]