"Incorporating thorough research, revealing insights and spectacular color plates, this handsome volume is no mere directory of craftsmen, but a fresh departure in western material culture studies. Well-organized and invaluable biographical material is ably combined with an enlightening overview of bit and spur design development over four centuries."
Curator of History at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame
"Far more than just a picture book, Ned and Jody's labor of love is more comprehensive, scholarly and satisfying than any previous publication on the subject. it will become the essential reference guide on the subject and should be owned by anyone with either a casual or passionate interest in the lore of the early Western cowboys and the artistry of their craftsmen."
~Joseph J. Sherwood
Dealer, Collector, Appraiser, High Noon Western Collectibles, Los Angeles
"Having quite literally written THE book on bit and spur makers, Ned and Jody Martin have now authored a pure and delightfully useful compact guide to the subject. Not surprisingly, they have added more makers and new reference material to this little compendium. This new effort is the quintessential guide for the collector and the curious."
Associate Director, Buffalo Bill Historical Center