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Crawford Spurs & Saddlery

Rex Crawford - Silversmith

Academy of Western Artists 2015 Engraver of the ​Year

About The Artist

Rex Crawford

I grew up working on horse and cattle ranches in Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico, so I understand the important balan​ce between functionality and aesthetics of cowboy gear.

I have been making custom spurs since 2000. Since that time, I've expanded into custom saddle silver, belt buckles, jewelry, and just about anything a customer can dream up. I studied the art of bright cut engraving under Diane Scalese at the GRS engraving school in Emporia, Kansas. On my journey to improve my skills, I have attended additional GRS courses, as well as a TCAA workshop in Oklahoma City.

I've been doing leather work for over 25 years and have added saddle making to my skill set. I learned the craft of Saddle Making from Jesse Smith at his saddle school outside of Pritchett, Colorado.

In 2018, I realized that in order to become the best I could be at my craft, I needed to focus solely on silversmithing and engraving. As a result, I have turned the leather work part of the business over to my son, Colton. Colton is an award winning leather crafter and works on projects while he attends college.

My greatest artistic interest is the engraving of fine metals to create one-of-a-kind works of art on buckles, jewelry, and saddle silver. All of my pieces are handcrafted by myself in my home workshop. I do not buy pre-cut parts for my projects. Nearly all of my work is custom made to order, although I occasionally make an item or two in between orders. I enjoy working with customers to design unique custom pieces that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Crawford Spurs & Saddlery is a family business. My wife is a jewelry designer, and has her own line of handcrafted jewelry. She is also the bookkeeper, photographer, and web designer. Our son, Colton, enjoys working with leather in addition to attending college and rodeoing with his college team.

I attribute my success to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, by marking most of my pieces with a scripture. I would also like to thank my father-in-law Bill Rodgers, of Campo, Colorado, for getting me started in this field. Without the two of them, I doubt I would be doing this at all.