Buckaroo Buys: Cow Camp Supply
- November 1, 2017
- Savanna Simmons
Sparky and Bonnie Wallace have some neat things going on at Cow Camp Supply in Fairfield, Montana. In addition to having everything a person or horse could need or wear, with the exception of boots, they’ve got some pretty unique products over there, including pen and ink drawings, handmade fleece pullovers, and Amish hats.
Bonnie is the designer and maker of all the pullovers, which can be made in just about any size from toddler to men’s 4X, and comes in several indian prints, plaids, and 12 or so solid colors. They’ve been making them for about 30 years, but they have since gained popularity and been a great seller for the pair.
Sparky is a self-taught artist, and has produced some watercolor and oil paintings as well, but for a busy guy with a long list of to-do’s pen and ink is efficient, and I can tell you, they aren’t lacking. They contain so much life and movement that color isn’t necessary. He limits copies of his drawings to 100 and usually sketches one drawing each year.
He also ties his drawings into his leatherwork in purses, chinks or chaps, or just about anything a person could dream up.
If you’re in the market for bucking rolls, a breast collar, amish hat, chaps, a martingale, headstall, or most anything else that a person or horse can wear, give Sparky a call at 406-590-9255.
This is a continuation of Buckaroo Buys, posts that feature my personal favorite makers and artisans. I am not paid or reimbursed to recommend these products and makers.
I am a collector of all things beautiful. I generally don’t care for trade-show bits or manufactured saddles. Ok, ok, I’m a bit of a snob. But we don’t have endless amounts of tack like this, just an occasional larger purchase for anniversaries, birthdays, or Christmas. Or a must-have once in a while when we see something and happen to have the cash handy. Our boys are going to receive some fine tack down the road, and that’s pretty exciting to me.
Christmas is not all that far off, and for many makers, Christmas is crunch-time. The earlier you can get your order in, the more likely you’ll receive it in a timely fashion. It also relieves the schedule for the artists. I also encourage you to support these artists year-round. This is a lifestyle and commitment for these makers and they rely on you. I hope you will check out their gear and maybe send some business their way if you see something you like. Be sure to tell them Savanna and Cavvy Savvy sent ya!
About Savanna Simmons
I'm Savanna Simmons and I live north of Lusk, Wyoming, on the Four Three Ranch with my husband Boe and our sons, Brindle and Roan. I grew up evolving my horsemanship with clinicians like Ray Hunt, Joe Wolter, and Jack Brainard, but not within a...