The ability to create equipment that working cowboys and professional horseman can appreciate comes from having ‘been there, done that’ and knowing first hand what works. “Cowboy correctness” & functional design have become trademarks of Joe Spiller’s work. The flawless craftsmanship & extraordinary beauty is a result of a tireless quest for self-improvement, culminating in a product coveted by even the most discriminating collectors.
Joe J. Spiller
Spur & Bit Maker Extraordinaire
Having grown up on some of the largest ranches in West Texas, tools of the cowboy trade come natural to Joe J. Spiller.Born in Paducah, Texas, Joe considers Dickens County home. He has been involved in the livestock industry his entire life. His experience includes hosting riding clinics, bit clinics, training horses for the public, roping, horseback hunting trips, ranch foreman and day work for various outfits in Texas and New Mexico. Having ridden all his life, Joe realizes the importance of correct balance and function, so his spur and bit-making techniques are tried and tested. No matter how unique the style or ornate the mountings, every piece that leaves his shop is meant to be used. He is proud his products are handcrafted one piece at a time. With over twenty-five years experience making custom spurs and bits, his clientele includes ranchers, cowboys and horseman in all disciplines of western riding from Canada to Texas, California to Europe and Australia.
Read more about Spiller Spurs & Bits in the November 2013 issue of Western Horseman magazine or visit Spiller Spurs & Bits booth at the Western Heritage Classic in May, Abilene, Texas
To Place an Order If you would like to place an order please email or call Joe. Your order will be finalized when he contacts you to let you know he is ready to start your order. If you are already on the list, your order will be completed in the order it was placed. To be placed on the list or to update your contact information please e-mail Joe, with your address, phone number and preferred e-mail address. Thank you for your patience!
Western Horseman magazine staff commissioned Joe to make these Spiller Cutters for Darrell Dodds, Publisher upon his retirement in December 2013. Dodds contributed much to the improved format of the magazine as well as his magnificent photography. It has been the leading magazine for western riders since 1936. To view the Western Horseman video of Joe Spiller discussing bits selection, click on the photo above.
Joe Spiller, Spiller Spurs & Bits was featured on 'Ride Smart with Craig Cameron' on RFD TV on Monday, January 26, 2009, filmed on location at the Spiller Ranch, Wingate, Texas. To view the segment, click on the movie reel below.
Craig Cameron & Joe Spiller at the Spiller Ranch.
Joe’s work has been featured in several publications: · Western Horseman, November 2013, "Silver & Steel" feature article by Susan Morrison, photos by Ross Hecox · Quarter Horse News, March 1, 2013,"In the Spotlight - Prized Possessions" photo by Ross Hecox · Western Horseman,May 2010, cover photo including Spiller bit by Ross Hecox · Ranch World Ads Magazine, Spring 2008, “Featured Gear Maker” · Western Horseman, March 2008, “Featured Spurmakers” ·Abilene Reporter News, January 17, 2006"Custom-Made Cowboy" ·Horses 'n' More newspaper, August 2005,"Function, quality, key to spurs, bits" ·Texas Style Bit & Spur Makers newsletter, Spring 2005, "Featured Artist" · Western Horseman, May 2004, “Cowboy Craft Corner” ·The Farmer-Stockmanmagazine, May 2004, "Earned His Spurs" by J.T. Smith ·Lone Star Horse Report, March 2003, "Bits" Cover photo by Baru Spiller ·Cowboy Magazine, Fall 2003, "Spurred to Excellence"article byBaru Spiller · "Bits & Spurs, Motifs, Techniques & Modern Makers"coffee table book byTed & Jody Martin published by Hawk Hill Press. · Farmland IndustriesJan/Feb 2002, ”Jingle, Jangle, Jingle” byJim Tucker · Delmarva Farmer Newpaper, Spring 2002, “Horsin’ Around” Mid-Atlantic newspaper · Fort Worth Star Telegram, Aug 2000, "Spurmakers Art Rings True” by Julie Thibodeaux · Western Horseman, December 2000, “Cowboy Craft Corner”