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Get to Know Judge Leo Smith
My story began many years ago, when, in 1978, I started selling western wear wholesale to dealers and designing and manufacturing buckles, as well as all items used in saddle horse and riding equipment.
Over the last 40 plus years, I have been a Judge in far West Texas on the Mexican border, in the desert mountains in the rugged Big Bend area and owned my own manufacturing wholesale business. I have, in that time, seen a lot of crazy things and made hundreds of thousands of buckles in sterling silver and gold as well as German silver and jeweler’s bronze.
But with saying all of that, there were some bad and painful times along the way. I have lost many near and dear friends in my travels, and sometimes the slightest thought will bring back a whole flood of memories from years ago that I had locked away and forgotten.
Now I ask you, is there somewhere in your past a missing trophy buckle? A part of your past that is lost or forgotten? Maybe it was a buckle that was your dad’s, uncle’s, brother’s, or even an elusive one that you never did quite win yourself.
Well, now is your chance to replace that part of history that is missing for you.
This website represents years of history, designs, and memory-joggers. I can recreate any event, town, or place for you. I will not make another buckle exactly as it appears. You can change the date, figure, town, or something to make it different, but there are no two buckles that are alike.
You can add names, brands, or anything else to make it special to you. I cannot use an organization’s logo unless I made it to begin with or have their permission to do so.
All of my buckles are handmade from start to finish. Every piece is drawn out, and all the figures and letters are hand-cut, hand-soldered, hand-engraved, and hand-polished. Before you buy any buckle, please do your homework; don’t be fooled by a cheaply stamped buckle cast with black paint on it and not handmade or hand-engraved. Compare my pictures to any competition pictures.
Be careful and don’t buy a buckle thinking you have a good deal only to be embarrassed or laughed at by a group of cowboys who have won quality buckles and can spot a cheap imitation rodeo buckle from a distance.
These buckles are made for real cowboys by real cowboys.