Business is booming for one Wolfforth spur maker
A local Wolfforth man makes spurs right out of his garage. The talent was passed down through generations, and now business is booming.
These are not the jingling spurs you see in the movies. Instead, you can call Bill Boone a modern day artist for cowboys.
"Some people like to go fishing, some people like to go to the car races, I like working with steel," said Boone.
He learned how to make spurs from his uncles who are well known for being frontiersman and taking part in Wild West shows.
For many years Boone was just making spurs as a hobby.
"What I like to do is make copies of some of the spurs my uncles made back in the 1930's strictly by hand with no power tools," said Boone.
Now, his spurs have gone clear across the country. It takes him three days to make one pair.
"Probably half of them will never be on a boot except to look at it. Most people are collectors that buy spurs, but once in a while you will make one for a real cowboy," said Boone.
Even Rep. Charles Perry, Senator Robert Duncan and Congressman Randy Neugebauer will be presented a shiny pair by the City of Wolfforth.
"I was tickled to death - there is no hiding that. I was quite intrigued with the thought," said Boone.
Boone makes sure every spur is unique in its own way. He pays attention to every detail and he even gives away his secrets to anyone who wants to learn.
"I have had doctors come out here and learn how to make spurs. I had one that was in Lubbock. He spent two weeks out here. He ended up making spurs and learned enough about engraving to do it," said Boone.
It's a hard job, but Boone would not have it any other way.
"If you like doing something, dadgummit do it. My wife said do what you want to do, and do what I want to do is what I try to do," said Boone.
Boone's spurs are so popular he is back-ordered until Christmas. Each pair costs anywhere from $200 to $400, some of his uncle's pairs have sold for more than $50,000.
For more information, go to http://boonespurs.com/
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