Maker, silversmith, entrepreneur, and teacher. Nevada and her husband currently reside in the middle of nowhere, Southeastern Oregon where she spends most of her time fabricating, engraving, and creating eclectic silver jewelry...
Scott and his wife Robyn live in central Kansas, where you will find some of the most beautiful sunsets and some fierce wind. Being a full time braider Scott spends a lot of his time in the workshop creating gear for working cowboys and collectors, everything from Reatas, Reins, Bosals, and Quirts, to braided jewelry...
A silver and goldsmith born and raised in the beautiful foothills south of Pincher Creek, Alberta, Tayte is the son of silversmith, Kelly McRae and grandson of bit and spur maker, Jim Hyde. You could say that he didn’t stand a chance at a different career...
Maker, silversmith, entrepreneur, and teacher. Nevada and her husband currently reside in the middle of nowhere, Southeastern Oregon. Where she spends most of her time fabricating, engraving, and creating eclectic silver jewelry. However, helping her husband and their family on the ranch keeps her sane! Nevada is an active ranching wife seasoned in keeping the leppy calves alive and thriving! She’s an ultra-runner and just recently completed the Bighorn 100 miler in Sheridan, Wyoming. Nevada is a firm believer in heavy cream in your coffee to start the day and a glass of vino to end it. Nevada graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science, she was the creative mastermind and executor behind the Fusion Show which occurred for five years at the Brannaman Vaquero Pro-Am Roping as well as being an instructor at the GRS Training Center located in Emporia, Kansas. In addition to being a master maker, Nevada makes some mean biscuits that can only be described as “true love.”
Interested in pursuing your passion to become a silversmith?? Start here!! Our courses by Nevada Miller will refine the skills you already have or start newbies from the ground up. In a world full of social distraction and chaos it is the perfect time to break away from those distractions and use your hands to master a craft such as silversmithing. The last few years have been a reminder to nurture our creativity and to find balance in the arts. Many of us are ranching during the day, working in an office, or at home or doing the hard work of being a mom. The commonality is that we are busy being pulled away from our passions. Now is the time to fight for those passions... to do something just for you!
Nevada's BAMS classes on silversmithing, engraving and bezel setting will give you the tools to refine your passion... Let's create amazing things!
Scott and his wife Robyn live in central Kansas, where you will find some of the most beautiful sunsets and some fierce wind. Being a full time braider Scott spends a lot of his time in the workshop creating gear for working cowboys and collectors, everything from Reatas, Reins, Bosals, and Quirts, to braided jewelry.
When not in the shop Scott enjoys spending quality time with his wife. Together they ride horses, rope and brand, play with their dogs, fly fish, hike, and travel. When it’s time to come in for the night they can be found working side by side in the kitchen, where there is nothing better than a home cooked meal. And don’t forget the desserts! If there is one thing in life Scott knows for certain it’s that every piece of cake you don’t eat is one you don’t get.
Scott was selected to attend the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Emerging Artists Contest in both 2014 and 2016, and has been mentored by some of the best braiders in the world today. Scott is passionate about education and keeping handmade craftsmanship alive.
Interested in pursuing your passion for rawhide?? We are excited to have Scott and his experience and expertise at BAMS to show you from the ground up how to braid amazing pieces for yourself, or begin a business of your own.
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Dana & Tracy Eklund
Sisters, Dana and Tracy didn’t start their business on purpose, it was born out of necessity- a horse at the therapeutic riding program where they worked required a 42" cinch- a tough size to find! Though they have a passion and love for custom gear, as a non-profit on a budget, it was not an option for 15-20 horses. Equipped with “if there’s a problem, we are going to solve it” mentality though, Dana bought a kit from U-BRAID-IT and started making them for the program…. Little by little things grew, Tracy learned how to make them, and a business evolved! Thousands of cinches later, and after lots of trial and error and a desire to always be improving and learning, teaching cinch making was a natural addition to the business.
Their goal is to create a highly usable piece of tack that is as functional as it is beautiful.
Dana and Tracy have taught dozens of folks how to tie cinches, both in person and online. They are so excited for “Be A Maker School”, and to be a part of such an enthusiastic learning community! They are focused on teaching people how to build functional equipment first and foremost, with the comfort of the horse in mind.
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A silver and goldsmith born and raised in the beautiful foothills south of Pincher Creek, Alberta, Tayte is the son of silversmith, Kelly McRae and grandson of bit and spur maker, Jim Hyde. You could say that he didn’t stand a chance at a different career. Having grown up with his mom's workshop in the front porch of their house (which was quite a feat in a 900 sq. foot home), Tayte spent many hours in the shop and traveling to trade shows where he was introduced to countless artists and makers. This fostered a deep appreciation for quality hand made goods. To pass the countless hours of travel and trade shows he started to draw.
After a childhood spent filling sketch books, he went to Calgary in 2008 and started to study illustration and design at the Alberta University of the Arts. Although he didn’t complete his degree, he feels like that was a very formative time for him and its influence can be seen in his work.
After moving home from Calgary in 2011, Tayte's new journey began. While working on the family ranch, which paid in room and board, he started tinkering in his mom's shop learning how to engrave. At the time he was very involved in the ranching community and became very interested in the artistry of bits and spurs. With help from his grandfather, Tayte learned how to make them. While bits and spurs were his initial primary interest, over the next couple of years that passion would evolve into jewelry making.
10 years later after countless struggles, learning experiences and miles spent on the road going to shows, unconditional support and the occasional push forward when he needs it from his amazing wife, Stacey, Tayte is still making jewelry and getting to do the job he loves. He believes his jewelry has improved by leaps and bounds in that time and will continue to do so as he continues to live and learn.
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“We can all be Makers, so let’s be Makers of good. Just like Him, who was the first maker.”