Sunday, September 29, 2013
Cary Nelson's Charros
I was greatly privileged to photograph some outstanding tack during the Artisan's Gallery last BreyerFest (2013): two Charro sets by fabulous master tack artist Cary Nelson. This post is also intended to push me a little further on my own Charro saddle quest. Nothing like somebody else's tack to inspire you! Haven't I said the best reference is another model tack piece? It so happens (why do I have to be human!?) that I'm good and stuck on my Goehring Charro saddle...
I spent a lot of time drooling over these two fantastic pieces.
I spent a lot of time staring, close up. At the time, I could figure out most everything,... eventually... but not the trees. Cary wouldn't tell me.
This first saddle includes a breastcollar, a bridle, a hackamore with leadrope and a fine lawn blanket. The below pic shows the breastcollar and hackamore. It's my worst in terms of shake; apologies.
The second saddle -- oh prepare yourself! -- could be described as pitiado in silver.
The knotwork on the hackamore alone must've taken weeks. Cary told me "about a month for each set" but there is a lot of "about" here...
Remember I said Cary Nelson had "other accomplishments" to show off? Here they are: a complete rack of Arabian Costumes!! Other bloggers have documented them -- see Heather Abounader's Desert Night Creations -- so I'm contenting myself with just my one shot. It gives an overall view of an entire man-year of work. I'm some kind of awed: I doubt very much I could match such an output.
Naturally, after all that, I had to try and shoot Cary herself. Problem is, like most artists, she's camera-shy. I couldn't get her to turn around in the time I had.
So I've been stuck on my Charro for much too long. But hope is at hand. Last week I took delivery of a cast plastic RDLC Mexican Charro tree, courtesy Alison Beniush!!! The world's Lesser Rio Rondo!! Not so lesser... there is so much there, and I hadn't known about it!!! My own hobby is bounding around my ears... Hopefully this little piece will help me bust my logjam.
Meanwhile keep tacking.