The unveiling of the "World's Largest Bolo"
Presented on July 9, 2010 at the Ketchum Arts Festival in Sun Valley, Idaho.
More Traditional, Custom, Fine Art Bola Ties
"Chief Tendoy Bolo"
This one might be the finest handcrafted bolo I have made to date...
This handsome bolo is just over 2" in heigth and made of sterling silver with 14k gold accents
(including my 14k gold-tipped silver bullet tips)
I make but one "Chief Bolo" per year. This year's bolo honored the famous Bannock-Shoshone leader Tendoy.
SOLD, can make another one similar.
"Polar Bear Bolo"
sterling Polar Bear Bolo with sterling Snow Bead accents and braided leather tips
custom made bolo $375
"Moon River Bolo"
This show-piece bolo art measures 5" in diameter and features 13 river amulets symbolizing the 13 lunar cycles in a year.
It has a River Canyon bolo, turtle buttons, totem beads, angels, braided leather slides, ear cuff and spacer bead accents.
It is made of sterling silver and copper with a few 14k gold accents.
price (including Clancey) $7,000
"Milky Way Galaxy Bolo"
"World's Largest Bolo" depicting the cosmic splender of our galactic swirl
According to: Cowboys and Indians magazine:
"In 1949, Victor E. Cedarstaff designed and created the first bola* type of necktie -- a triangular slide that he patented as a "yoke." Cedarstaff initially called his design a "piggin necklet," naming it from the piggin-string that the cowboys use for tying the legs of a critter. Later, he was visiting with a friends who had just returned from Argentina. The friend had brought back a device called a "bola" that was used by the gauchos (South American cowboys) to catch livestock and wild horses. The bola had three balls attached to the end of three thongs of braided leather or rawhide, which in turn were joined together at their common ends. The similarity of Victor's tie design to the bola prompted him to rename his piggin necklet as the "bola yoke tie," now commonly referred to as the bola tie.
Because of its fashionable popularity, bola ties can be found in practically every western wear and jewelry store in North America. The large majority of these ties are cheaply made and soon either wear out or begin to look shabby and leather worn. The lack of quality materials and the time saving convenience of working with poorly designed, mass-produced bola supplies have been, until recently, the bola wearer's only choice.
In 1988, bola aficionado John Caccia entered into the profession of "bolosmithing" (a description he coined for himself to mean a craftsperson that has a working knowledge of leather as well as gems and precious metals) and started Idaho Bolo, etc. Since then, "JC" has designed and created hundreds of bola ties and taken the art of bolosmithing to new standards of design and function.
* Although it is probably most historically accurate to use the name "bola tie," many people refer to it as "bola," "bolo," western slide tie," "string tie," etc. All appellations are acceptable as long as they are spoken with a friendly smile.
The best way to store your bola tie is by hanging it over a peg or by laying it out straight and flat on a clean surface. Leather has a "memory" and will look best if stored in a nicely aligned position rather than curled up.
A couple of times a year I recommend taking a clean, dry, cotton fabric or polishing cloth and rubbing the oils, dust and tarnish off the face of your silver/gold bola. (The back side will most likely tarnish the most as it is in constant contact with leather oil/dye and is difficult to rub clean between the slide backing). Many people prefer a slightly tarnished look, but if you want your bolo to shine like new, then you should use the chemically treated jeweler's cloth, which I enclosed with each bolo order.
The great thing about bolos is that you can wear them any way you think looks best. They look equally handsome when worn snug or loose with collared dress shirts, turtle necks or even with pull-over type sweaters. My only fashion recommendation is that they be worn around a collar and not against bare skin, like with a tee-shirts.
You may find it necessary to occasionally tighten
or loosen the tension of the backing "slide wings".
I use a wooden popcycle stick to pry or press with when adjusting
the slide tension. Do not use metal as it will likely scratch
or scar the silver. My backings are designed not to cut or fray
the leather strings, nevertheless, a gentle touch while adjusting
your bola tie up and down the string, will ensure its long life.
I make bolos in hopes that they will be worn and enjoyed for generations. If any part of a bolo breaks down or becomes damaged, return it to me for repair. Furthermore, please contact me if you have any ideas, suggestions or thoughts on how my bola ties could be made better. Thank you.
Visa & MC welcome