Bill Wilm was born near Birch Hills, Saskatchewan. His earliest memories as a young child are falling asleep on top of his rocking horse. He was determined to be a cowboy as long as he can remember. As soon as he could leave school, he headed west to Alberta. The cowboy lifestyle never left and he honed his skills learning from his peers.
In 1965 he started working with the Government of Alberta - Special Areas, on the grazing lease of Buffalo-Atlie. A working cowboy all week, he then put those skills to use on the weekends at rodeos competing in calf (tie-down) roping and saddle bronc.
In the early years he taught himself to repair his own tack. Solitary evenings, lead him to teach himself leather carving and he started getting orders for gifts. Years later, he figured since he had replaced or repaired every piece on a saddle, he would start building them. After completion of a CFR awards project collaborated with bit and spur maker/ silversmith - Dave Elliot, Bill made his first pair of spurs. Bill was a self taught welder and loved working with metal. The creative and independant side of Bill took over again and he taught himself western engraving so he could make and adorn his own buckles, bits and spurs.
After an accident in 2004, Bill took early retirement as a Manager with the Gov't of Saskatchewan Community Pastures Program. Bill always planned ahead and knew retirement for him did not include being idle. You can usually find him in one of his shops doing leatherwork, saddle repairs, making bits, spurs or engraving silver. The bulk of his time is now spent building bits, which has earned the respect from his best customer - the horse.
After 45 years of making a living with a horse between his legs, Bill understands what it takes to keep a horse happy, comfortable and willing to work.
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