“And a good bit maker…is always stretching, trying new ideas, working with new designs…constantly changing and growing and so is the appearance of his work…but holding firm to certain fundamentals: the ratio, the balance, and the quality of workmanship.” --Dick Deller
Spiller Cow Horse bit mounted in sterling silver, with fine silver inlaid edges on 8" loose-jaw shanks. Traditional California Jolon-style mouthpiece 2 3/4" tall, with copper inlaid cricket.
Spiller Cow Horse bit with gun-style engraving on the slobber bar & inside shanks that match the pattern of the sterling overlays on the shank outside. Detail of port includes an engraved copper hood with sterling cross inlaid, and cricket with engraved copper (right.)
Spiller Long Cattleman bit made for Pat Chumley, Glen Rose TX
Detail of the concho and inlaid edges
Detailed gun engraving on the inside of the shanks.
Detail in the sterling silver on the outside of the shank.
Mouth-piece featuring a half-breed port with spoon, gun engraving on the spoon, copper inlaid geometric design on the bar and a copper-inlaid cricket.
Detail of the spoon on the mouthpiece
“Bits are accumulated, not collected…as the opportunity arises to meet the needs of each horse. Then one day, unbeknownst to anyone…the accumulation becomes a collection.”Dick Deller
Spiller Long Cattleman bit with a Mona Lisa mouth, owned by Sherri Wiley, Forestburg TX
Detail fo the concho & engraving in the sterling silver mountings
Spiller Long Cattleman with Mona Lisa mouth owned by Sherri Wiley, Forestburg TX
Close-up of the Mona Lisa mouth with gun-engraved copper hood with a cricket.
“Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.”James 3:3
Spiller Long Cattleman bit made for 2009 Fort Worth Stock Ranch Rodeo Top Horse award.
Spiller Long Cattleman bit with copper-hooded, half-breed mouth-piece made for Top Horse FWSSR, won by Johnson Ranch, Amarillo TX