Justin Massar


Justin, his wife Kathleen, and son Jake, live near the base of the Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming.

He has worked for the Tom Balding Bit and Spur shop for over 20 years as lead bit builder, silversmith, and sole engraver.  

In addition, he has a custom silver and metalworks studio at his home, where he does custom silver, metal, and engraving work.  Designs include jewelry pieces, western conchos, buckles, and bracelets, reflecting both western and outdoor themes.  The entries he submits for this contest each year are entirely products of his home shop.  All pieces are designed and built to exhibit both form and function, with bit comfort and functionality a priority.  

Much of his spare time is spent hunting, fishing, and exploring the adjacent mountains and wilderness area.  Many of his designs reflect his love of the outdoors and natural world.