Scott Hardy, a fifth generation stockman, understands the dedication required to excel. Though largely self-taught, Hardy acknowledges the influence of modern masters Al Pecetti and Mark Drain. In his 31st year as a full-time silversmith and engraver, Hardy was commissioned by the Calgary Stampede to create 100 hand-engraved, silver and gold buckles commemorating the Stampede’s 2012 Centennial. Canada Post issued a stamp featuring Hardy’s buckle to celebrate the Stampede’s centennial making Hardy the first silversmith with work featured on a Canadian stamp. A full-time silversmith and engraver since 1981, Scott has been honored by the Academy of Western Artists, receiving the 2001 Will Rogers Award as Engraver of the Year. In 1994 his was judged Best of Show at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada.