This batch of buckles is obviously from the same pattern. But, since they are carved separately, each is subtly different. They are all made of mesquite so the color is similar but the patterns of grain are unique to each piece. Each is a little different in thickness and shape. The two constants in all three are the incised “Texas” and the brass inlaid silhouette of the state – instantly recognized by the majority of the world’s population. I have also done this pattern with inlaid bone silhouettes of Texas.
All three were done for the same client to be distributed, I think, as gifts to some of the men in his family. Recently, I have completed five buckles from this pattern and I am anxious to carve something different (variety, as you know, is the spice).