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Scott Hardy Western Silversmith
Longview Alberta, Alberta Canada T0L 1H0
Western Artist, Scott Hardy has a commitment to working with silver as deep as his roots in Western Canada. As a fifth generation stockman, he understands the dedication required to excel. He has been a full time silversmith and engraver since 1981.
Though largely self-taught, Hardy acknowledges the work of modern masters Al Pecetti and Mark Drain, and looks back as well to such turn-of-the-century craftsmen as the artisans at Tiffanys. They have inspired Hardy to give contemporary expression to Classic Western forms.
“Embellishing horse and rider with precious metals is a tradition as old as man has been on horseback,” Hardy Remarks. “Crossing tribal and cultural boundries, silver and gold trappings have expressed the pride of horseman throughout the millennia. The image of a cowboy still stirs our ideals of independence, integrity and freedom, while appreciation of things well-made, by hand, flourishes in this age of mass production and mediocrity.
"My advice to anyone who aspires to excellence is to learn the techniques, understand the material and study the history of the craft," Hardy notes.
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Take a few minutes and watch some of the pieces on this page come to life in Scott's Video. You will see this master of his chosen craft at work and phenomenal pieces emerge before your eyes... truly a splendid capture of an artist at work! Thea Marx
Recognitions:-Early 90’s Scott was commissioned to create personal monogram buckles for all thirteen of Canada’s Premiers.
-In 1994 his work was selected Best of Show for the 10th Annual Elko Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada.
-1999 Hardy was one of the founding members of the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association of which he is now President.
-In 2001 he was honored by the Academy of Western Artists receiving the Will Rogers Award for Engraver of the Year.
-2006 was invited to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC to be one of the two Craftsmen to represent Western Heritage and Craftsmanship in Alberta.
- 2009 Scott’s 3 piece buckle set was juried and selected as part of the exhibition for the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea.
-Serving on the Advisory Board for the Western Horseman.
Along with these accomplishments over the last 29 years he felt honored to have been commissioned to create many one of a kind works for various celebrities, artists, business people and cowboys.
-Scott has taught many workshops on hand engraving and silver fabrication all over North America.
-Has lectured many times on the history of the connection between man, the horse and silver at National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.