Engraving etched with the feeling of hanging on and sitting tall. Tack and spurs that respect horse and rider. From buckle to rowel to back pocket, your creations capture a spirit of independence and resilience. Rio Grande has deep roots in the west—Saul Bell set up shop on old Route 66 armed with determination and a box of tools. More than 75 years later, our #1 principle is “do what you say you’re going to do.” So you can count on us to get you what you need, whether you create buckles and wedding bands or spurs and bits.Shop Now >
Shane Hendren brings 30 years of experience (and a lifetime of horse riding) to the Rio Grande Jewelry Tech Team. He is the only four-time Artist of the Year named by the Indian Arts and Crafts Association (IACA), and his jewelry is held in public and private collections around the world. Watch as he shares the story behind his scrollwork.Learn More >
In September of 1937 Saul Bell moved west to Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his new bride, Olive, and little more than their dreams and his bench tools to his name. He purchased the White Eagle Trading Post on Route 66 and kept it open while working to establish Rio Grande. Today, we offer one-stop selection backed by exemplary service, technical expertise and educational support.See Our Journey >
We appreciate the opportunity to serve the mission of the Cowboy Arts & Gear Museum by co-sponsoring their annual Bit Contest. Participants transform blank cheekpieces into intricate, rugged works of art. We help out by offering pro-level discounts on the tools and metals they need to make that happen. Winners of the 2021 contest will be posted soon. In the meantime, take a look back at the winning bits from 2020.Be Inspired >
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“I like to push myself, and engraving allows me to do that… I like to start with a concept and adapt it to be cowgirl."
Jessica loves working through a process with others and serves the Western Artisan program with a strong appreciation for its craftsmanship.
Bruce is excited to support the Western Artisan program having dabbled in ranger sets, as he really admires western artisans for the hard-work, time and detail put into each design.
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“I enjoy every day working, only it’s not work. It’s about making something for someone else. When I was a kid, I would have given anything to have a life like this.”
With a deep appreciation of the artisans who respect southwestern culture and the history of its makers, Jonathan is eager to be contributing to the success of the Western Artisan program.
Laura looks forward to working with the Western Artisans program to assist business development and help incredibly talented artists and organizations thrive.
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“Everything stems from my true passion, vintage trophy buckles. The engraving and craftsmanship are inspiring.”
Brandi is delighted to be joining the Western Artists program to work with detail-oriented, story-telling artists and help promote the communication between customers, jewelers and the designs that are integral to their heritage and professions.
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