Scott Hardy

Participating in The Art of Silversmithing

A fifth-generation stockman, Scott Hardy began studying silversmithing and engraving in the 1970s, and in 2016 marked 35 years as a fulltime professional silversmith. Some of his commissions include, in 2005, personal monogrammed buckles for each of the 13 Canadian Premiers. In 2006 he was invited to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC as one of two craftsmen to represent Western Heritage and Craftsmanship in Alberta. In 2012, he was commissioned to design and create 100 sterling silver and gold buckles for the 100th year anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. Canada Post later incorporated the image of this buckle on a postage stamp.

A founding member of Traditional Cowboy Arts Association, Hardy lectures frequently on his craft and teaches silversmithing and engraving workshops throughout North America, emphasizing the importance of both progress and craftsmanship. Among his favorite topics of study is the history of the connection between man, the horse and silver, a subject he has given lectures about at the prestigious National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Though largely self-taught, Hardy cites influences that include the artisans of Tiffany & Co., as well as modern masters like Mark Drain and the late Al Pecetti.

“Embellishing horse and rider with precious metal is a tradition as old as man on horseback,” Hardy says, “and deserves the respect of being done one piece at a time, by hand.”

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