Spur Making – Bruce Cheaney Texas Spur Maker – Handmade Spurs – Metal Working Sounds.
Making a pair of handmade spurs in the bit and spur shop.
Grinding and shaping the heel bands to a pair of custom made cutting horse spurs. As you can see I started off with some pretty rough stock that I torched out with a Victor Torch.
You will see a picture of the spur parts laying on my work bench. There are a lot of parts and steps to making handmade spurs but it can be fun and rewarding if you really get into your work and enjoy what you are doing.
One of the first things I do is make a pencil sketch of the spurs that I am going to make and that really helps me to stay on track with the spur design and order.
Next spur making step is to bend the heel bands to the size and shape I need. After the spur heel bands are shape I grind out the spur shanks and profile them so they are a matched set and the same thing goes with the spur rowels I make a set that matches and that are hand filed to remove any burrs and give them a true custom made look.
After the spur shanks are welded onto the spur heel bands I blend my welds using a 2″ x 72″ belt grinder / sander.
I cut my own silver pieces that are to be silver soldered onto the spur myself. I purchase nickle silver or sterling silver sheet from jewelry making supply houses such as Indian Jewelers Supply.
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