Building on Tradition

Active ImageWhether supervising operations, braiding rawhide, engraving silver or building saddles, the owners, managers and craftsmen at Hamely & Co. share a common vision: to maintain the quality craftsmanship and commitment to working working cowboys and buckaroos that the store was founded on more than a century ago.

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Strokes of Genius

Legendary equine artist Orren Mixer can't remember names, dates or places worth a dime. But when it comes to horses, the 87-year-old has a photographic memory. For instance, he doesn't recall the exact year he was commissioned to paint his first equine portrait, other than it was 1949 or 1950, but he does know that he painted racehorses Tom's Lady Gray and Gray Lady, both owned by James Reese of Temple, Oklahoma.

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Call of the Cowboy

Don Edwards made it his mission to research and preserve the background of traditional folk music. Along the way, his unique style struck a chord with audiences worldwide, and his lyrics became the voice of the American cowboy.

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Don King's Sheridan Style

From California's Spanish-influenced Visalia to Arizona's practical Porter, Don King melded regional saddlemaking traditions with his own meticulous flair. In the process, he carved an innovative style and a rich saddle-making legacy.

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A Cowboy's Kitchen

Inspired by chuckwagon traditions, cowboy cook Tom Perini has made an art out of preparing simple foods the old-fashioned way. That's what draws people from around the world to his rural Texas ranch to taste a bit of Western heritage.

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A Lifetime of Stories

He can't remember how many paintings he's done, but he thinks he's painted pictures of horses in 28 states, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. And he for sure remembers that he has painted some horses two or even three times. "I'd paint a picture for the owner of a horse, and then when the horse sold, the new owner would want one. And if the horse sold again, sometimes the next owner would want one," Orren Mixer laughs.

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