Ernie Marsh has been a Bit & Spur makerand western silversmith since 1990. Hispassion forfor ranching, horses, the American west and its cowboy culture have inspired him to pursue excellence within his profession. He feels very grateful for the opportunity to havebeen mentored and influenced by mastermakers of the last generation and hasworked towards promoting and carrying on the tradition and skills that were passed. Combined with function as the primary basis of his designs, his artwork and unique style has influenced a younger generation of craftsmen as well as gaining the respect of horsemen and collectors. As a founding member of the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association, he has exhibited work annually at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City since 1999 as well as other exhibits in Alpine, TX, Flagstaff, AZ, Elko, NV and the Brinton Museum in Sheridan, WY. Recognitions have included Academy of Western Artists Spurmaker of the year in 2000, and United States Artists Association Katie Weitz Fellowship in Traditional Arts in 2016. With his wife Teresa, he continues to operate a full-time shop at their home near Lovell, WY.