Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Scott Jason Hall, Silverworker, #WesternArtWednesday

Today's featured artist is a silverworker that I recently found online, Scott Jason Hall!

my dear wife and I on a rare trip to some odd canyon way down in this dry desert country. All I know is everyone was speaking Chinese ,and there were these silversmiths set up on the side of the road all over the countryside. Haven't these yahoo's ever heard of facebook? 

training up a colt in the tradition of the vaquero. A bosal on his face. No force, just understanding...this is as much art as it is science.

I've been drawing since I can remember. My Grandfather was a buckaroo rancher on the Fort Hall Res, one white guy who was allowed to rope at the big horse brandings. Dad was a horseman.  First time I saw a person ride a  horse bridleless at a dead run to bring in the remuda I was round five or six years old.  I knew then that I wanted to be a cowboy.  I grew up tending cattle on the home place.  I rode rough stock from about fifth grade on.

 My family had a saddle shop where all of the kids in the family were introduced to tooling leather and crafting saddles. I know enough about it to build  saddle, and have built everything from rosettes and spur straps on up to chaps and saddles. Dad liked to braid so I learned to braid and have built Romal reins and riatas, bosals, hobbles, etc.

I worked for some big cow outfits after high school to include:  TS Ranch, Roaring Springs, Spanish Ranch, Simplots Token Bambi and TM, Quinn River Ranch, the Scott Ranch in Montana along with Sunlights Little Horn Unit.  Somewhere in there I went to school to learn ranch management.  Too many rules and regs for this guy, so I went back to punching cattle. I've been married, divorced, and remarried. I have four children and currently live in McCammon, Idaho.

My desire to earn a living has taken me several different routes, so I can do a lot of things. I've done so many different jobs over the years that I don't care to list them all.

one of two matching buckles for a rancher in Africa who raises Cape buffalo.

*  Current day job: Welder-fabricator for Kiewit Mining in Soda Springs, Idaho.

Blued steel bracelet. Deep relief engraved, with fine silver inlayed lines.

*  My art kinda found me; I've always enjoyed working in metal: blacksmithing, bit and spur making, jewelery.  I do a lot of drawing because it relaxes me.  Engraving was introduced to me by my wife's uncle who was a gun smith.  One of my cowboys who worked for me out in Crow Mt. offered to teach me. So Kenard Realbird taught me bright cut. Later, I took a one-week course from Sam Alfane over at GRS in Emporia, KS.

  a horn cap for a saddle. I love riding and training in the traditional vaquero methods. Like my dad and grandfather before me.

* It's funny you ask the story behind different pieces; no stories to 'em.  People ask me to build what they want.  The subjects vary, from wildlife, to pets, even portraits.
I must mention that each piece takes on its own personality. They are all dear to my heart, as I generally spend a fair amount of time visiting with each client and know them as friends by the time it's done. I follow the belief that it's a pretty poor business if all you make is money.

relief engraved ring for a client in Oregon.

Folks can find me on Facebook as  Scott Jason Hall (in McCommon, ID)

This is my logo I drew the bronc and rider years ago. The frame was drawn while operating a haul truck. while I was waiting to get loaded.

This final drawing is a self portrait of where I'd really rather be.

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