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Saturday, August 16, 2014
Glen Bianchi, Spur & Bit Maker
Glen riding Shadow.
Glen Bianchi is an expert in his field. World-renowned
for creating custom-made spurs and bits, Glen was 13 years old when he began
learning the art of metal fabrication in his father’s machine shop. That was 46
years ago. Glen has worked in a machine shop doing prototype and welding for
45 years. His vast experience, skilled workmanship and creativity,
produces beautiful and unique designs.
In 2000, Glen became a student of
Texas spur maker Walt Rambo. Glen learned the art of creating and designing handmade
bits, spurs, buckles, and more.
Operating a small Hereford cattle
ranch in S.E. Oklahoma, USA, Glen has a perfect view of his curly faced cows and
his ranch horses while working in his shop. He has made over 677 pairs of custom
spurs and 150 handmade bits. He also creates stunning jewelry, saddle
conchs/cantle plates, and wedding rings.
Glen’s handmade, custom designs
are innovative and refined.He can
create the bit or pair of spurs that you’ve always dreamed of …
design of spur do you wear?
Glen wearing his favorite pair of spurs.
of measurement is required?
When ordering, the dimensions I
need are the inside tracing of a spur that fits for best sizing, or second best
of metal do you use?
Most spurs are made from carbon
steel and will rust, which the cowboys want. I do make some from Stainless
steel. Most overlays are nickel sliver which is much more durable than
there are different spur designs for different riding disciplines. What spur
design is your most popular?
I would say my most popular spur
lately is a short shank roping spur.
like your cantle plates, too. How do they attach to my cantle?
The cantle plates attach to the
cantle with screws or tacks, brass or stainless steel.
Can I find
your spurs and bits at my local tack shop?
All my orders are custom and you
will not see anything for sale in a tack shop. Customers just tell me what they
want and I do a drawing for their approval.