Archive for December, 2012

Sanborncentric Gift Ideas!

Friday, December 14th, 2012

It’s that time of the year where folks are out looking for that special gift to get someone. There are so many options out there, but why not throw a little Sanborn twist in this holiday season. We have former staff and alumni all over that are making impacts and creating great things you could share with a loved one as a gift. From hand made bags, incredible art, and books galore we are so proud of all of our friends and what they do. If your looking for a gift to share, feast your eyes on these ideas…


Bexar Goods Co. (pronounced Bare) - Falcon Craft-Rubio was a staff member at Big Spring for 4 summers as well as working with HTOEC. Falcon, his brother, and cousin started this company to create leather products that we wanted to use ourselves. Their vision is to create carry goods products that can journey the world with you, and develop character and charm from the environment and adventures they experience with you. They believe in ruggedness, simplicity, durability, and timelessness. Check out their website HERE and don’t forget their TUMBLR which is quite enjoyable as well. On a side note, another former Big Spring Warrior can be seen in some of the pictures. 

Sam Carkhuff Jr.

From Kansas to Witcher Ranch to Denver, Sam Carkhuff has certainly made his impact at camp. He was our ranch manager for a number of years and remains close with many of his friends here. Sam just recently wrote his first children’s book The Ranch Race. This book takes place at our very own Witcher Ranch and in this tale of adventure, the animals of the Witcher Ranch are off to compete in the annual ranch race! Follow Orana the Dog and her friends as they help one another, find themselves in some sticky situations, and race to the finish line. An encounter with some unwanted visitors creates a surprise ending for all to enjoy! On your mark … get set … GO!

Click HERE to order your copy of The Ranch Race

If bags and books aren’t for you, maybe you could like some of this art…

Brinkley Messick (commonly referred to as Brink)

A long time wrangler/ranch hand/HTOEC staff member here at the ranch. Based out of Salida now his creative side continues to flow and create terrific art for all types of enthusiasts. Why do we ride? Why do we roam? Not to hide. But to Find Home. Handmade paintings and wall hangings on recycled, found, and/or refurbished surfaces by Brinkley Messick. 10% of all bike themed pieces will go to salida mountain trails, salidamountaintrails.org

If your interested in these pieces check out Brinkley’s work HERE or his Etsy page HERE.

Michael Potts

Known for his live art shows and his great celebrity paintings, Potts also had a strong hand in the development of the arts and crafts program at Big Spring. You can check out some of his great paintings and a great story about a kid at camp HERE.

All of these gifts would be a great idea for anyone who feels like giving a Sanborncentric gift. We are proud of all of our former staff and alum for what they are accomplishing. If you have any knowledge of other former staff or alum who are creating great things, let us know and we will update the blog and continue to add more gift ideas!