GREENWOOD, Texas (FOX 24) – A Greenwood man turned a hobby into a successful business and it’s a profession much different than his previous one.
For two decades, Michael Pardue has been a silversmith.
“Every day he comes in with something different or something new,” said Tammy Pardue, Michael’s wife.
“I would see these really fancy silver bits and spurs that some of the other guys on the cowboy crew had,” said Michael Pardue. “I couldn’t afford any of that stuff. I admired it, I really wanted it, but we were broke. So, I kept telling Tammy one of these days, I’m going to learn how to do that. One of these days, I’m just going to make my own.”
That burning desire sparked him to teach himself.
“When I very first started, I learned it by just going to the public library and checking out books. The internet wasn’t really a thing,” said Michael Pardue.
“He could do it with his eyes closed pretty much,” said Tammy Pardue.
Michael Pardue was also a firefighter in the Basin for 31 years.
“Most firemen are very creative people,” said Michael Pardue.
He just retired last year.
“With that much time off, you have to find something to do or you’ll be really bored,” said Michael Pardue laughing.
“I am very proud,” said Tammy Pardue.
From belt buckles to knives, Michael Pardue does it all.
Dustin Warren is a new customer and Odessa resident.
“You can tell he takes great pride in it, every single bit of it,” said Warren.
He goes on to say, “Every piece looks amazing.”
As part of his special signature, he works to inspire.
“This one says gratitude greater than expectations,” said Michael Pardue. “That was one of the greatest sayings I think I’ve ever heard. If you can keep your thankfulness and your gratitude above what you expect on a daily basis., man, you’ve got it made.”
He’s also deeply proud of his West Texas roots.
“I was born and raised here so, I’ve very proud of Midland,” said Michael Pardue.
As you can imagine, creating his items can take countless hours. But Pardue says he can do a belt buckle in six hours if he’s extremely focused. He has customers from all over the United States.