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October 05, 2023 3 min read
At Teskey's Saddle Shop, we take great pride in showcasing talented artisans who are passionate about their craft. Today, we are thrilled to introduce you to Luke Spraberry, a gifted handmade bit and spur maker with a penchant for preserving the timeless Texas cowboy style. Luke will be joining us at the Teskey's 4th Annual Trade Days, and we had the opportunity to chat with him about his journey and work.
A Legacy of Handmade Artistry
Luke Spraberry's journey into the world of handmade bits and spurs was influenced by his family's legacy. His father had built a business in this field during the late '80s and '90s, laying the foundation for Luke's own venture. While he initially considered pursuing leatherwork, fate had other plans, leading him towards the world of metalwork. Fast forward a decade, and Luke is a master craftsman with over ten years of experience in the trade.
From Anson to Albany: A Texan Through and Through
Luke hails from Anson, Texas, and has deep roots in the Lone Star State. While he has since moved to Albany, Texas, his heart remains firmly rooted in the Texas cowboy tradition. Luke's work is a testament to his love for the original Texan cowboy style, staying true to the heritage passed down by his father.
From Custom Orders to a Handmade Goods Shop
For much of his career, Luke operated primarily through custom orders from his home-based shop. However, more recently, he and a partner opened a shop in Albany specializing in handmade goods. This shop, though smaller in scale than Teskey's, offers a unique selection of handmade treasures. Nevertheless, Luke continues to prioritize custom orders from his shop, ensuring that each piece he creates is tailored to the customer's vision.
The Spraberry Style: Staying True to Tradition
Luke's work is distinguished by its dedication to the original Texan cowboy style. He has a deep appreciation for the traditional artistry of bit and spur making, steering clear of more contemporary styles. This commitment to authenticity sets his creations apart, making them a perfect fit for those who value the rich history of the Texan cowboy tradition.
The Future of Handmade Bits and Spurs
When asked about the future of handmade bits and spurs, Luke offers a thoughtful perspective. He believes that makers have two potential paths ahead. They can delve deeper into the traditional artistry, embracing the old ways of forging and craftsmanship. Alternatively, they can explore innovative approaches to this age-old craft, breathing new life into it while preserving its essence. Luke sees a world of opportunity for those who wish to maintain the artistry while injecting fresh ideas into the field.
Why Choose Handmade?
Luke emphasizes that handmade bits and spurs are not mere products; they are works of art. Each piece is unique, showcasing the artisan's skill and creativity. Owning a handmade item is like owning a piece of history, and it holds its value well over time. When you choose handmade, you invest in a piece of craftsmanship that can be passed down through generations.
The Joy of Metalwork
For Luke Spraberry, the most rewarding aspect of his work is the metalwork itself. While he appreciates the beauty of silver, it's the intricate metalwork that truly captivates him. The process of shaping and molding the metal to create a unique, functional piece of art is what fuels his passion.
As we prepare for Teskey's 4th Annual Trade Days, we look forward to welcoming Luke Spraberry and his exceptional handmade bits and spurs. We invite you to explore his creations, appreciate the dedication to tradition, and witness firsthand the craftsmanship that goes into each piece. Handmade bits and spurs are not just tools; they are a testament to the enduring legacy of the Texas cowboy.