#20 Richard & Leighton Brooks

#20 Richard & Leighton Brooks

Richard & Leighton Brooks~

As a young boy in the 1970’s, Richard first learned gear-building basics in his grandfather’s silver shop (Roy Brooks Sr.) on Roy’s family sawmill/ranch west of Calgary. In 2005, after several years of building gear in the evenings and days off from working in town Richard, became a partner in a Canadian buckle manufacturing shop. In 2012, after selling his shares in the company, Richard set up a suitable shop on their ranch (in the Alberta foothills, west of Cayley) and built custom bits and spurs, marking them “R.Brooks” with “Cayley Alberta” in smaller letters below. Although seldom used anymore, this mark is reserved for Richard’s full custom pieces that he is fully credited with being sole craftsmen on. Leighton Brooks did the majority of the iron work, fabricated the conchos, buttons and all the little parts and pieces as well as putting them all together (forging and installing the mouth was a team effort as it was a first for us) and Richard did the inlays and engraving.  For our spade bit, we stayed with design elements that honored the original pattern (with our own subtle modification to the original pattern) as well as traditional materials and construction methods- silver inlays, hand forged -wrought iron mouth wrapped around cheeks in traditional fashion. No welding on bit, other than where Leighton added a little material to the cheeks to accommodate our design ideas.  Leighton grew up in the shop and started working full time once he completed high school in 2017.  He is responsible for the majority of the steel fabrication of “Brooks” marked bits and has starting taking on some of the silver fabrication as time permits.

 

Winning Bid: $2,500.00

Item condition: New

SKU: 2022-17 Category: