Gary Williamson

Handcrafted metalwork: spurs, belt buckles & jewelry

 

artist bio

Gary Williamson grew up working on a family ranch in eastern New Mexico, and later spent six years running a handyman business in Reno, NV. Inspired by the cowboy gear being built by his brother Gary decided to get into the spur-making business in 2013, working for a time out of his brother's shop. In 2016 Gary and his family moved to San Antonio and set up his own shop in town there. He has been building spurs, buckles and jewelry. Gary’s goal is to produce solidly built, long-lasting gear and decorative art, working with each customer to produce and finish one-of-a-kind pieces that are functional, yet artistically beautiful.

 

Q & A

 

Where are you from, originally?

I grew up on a family ranch in Eastern New Mexico.

 

How did you end up making spurs and jewelry, etc.?

Well, I was raised working with gear like this (though it was more functional and less pretty).

Then my older brother became a spur-maker.

I built my first 3 pairs of spurs about 25 years ago, with very poor tools.  Around 2014 I started spending more time in NM to learn this trade and help my brother in his shop. He's been instrumental in helping me get started, and especially in getting my name known in the trade.

 

 

What do you like best about having a studio at the Millworks?

The creative energy and being in the presence of so many kinds of artists.

 

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