Gary Reeves

Gary Reeves

Introduction

Navajo silversmith Gary Reeves could possibly be one of the most recognized names in this industry. His work is found on websites all over the world and his showcase in our Trading Post always seems to have someone looking at it. He concentrates on filling his old style silver with lots of stamp patterns and using good pieces of turquoise, a winning combination.

Perry Null Trading

I know you are an avid golfer, how long have you been playing?

Gary Reeves

I started about 6 years ago, my friend Herbert Long got me started.

Perry Null Trading

What is your handicap?

Gary Reeves

14, the best score I have recorded is a 82 on the Grants course.

Perry Null Trading

When the weather permits how many times do you play a week?

Gary Reeves

I try to play on the weekends, usually at the Gallup or Grants course.

Perry Null Trading

I know your brother Darrell Cadman thinks of nothing else but hunting. Do you do any hunting?

Gary Reeves

The last hunt I was on was about 4 years ago.

Perry Null Trading

Where and what type of hunting do you enjoy?

Gary Reeves

I do both Reservation and State hunting, and have done bow, rifle, and muzzle loader hunts.

Perry Null Trading

I know most of your time is spent making jewelry, when did you start?

Gary Reeves

I started making jewelry when I was around 12 years old, simple rings, lots of cast stuff, and leaf work.

Perry Null Trading

Where did you grow up and go to school?

Gary Reeves

I grew up in Twin Lakes and went to school in Tohatchi.

Perry Null Trading

So the jewelry you are making, are you selling it in Tohatchi?

Gary Reeves

No, I was working for a shop in Gallup, Loco Trader. It was owned by a Kathy Craig, she isn’t there anymore. It was located by the train station downtown.

Perry Null Trading

How much jewelry are you making at 12 years old?

Gary Reeves

I was just starting out. When I entered 9th grade I was working fulltime for Kathy. My brother Leroy was there and I was making around $200 a week.

Perry Null Trading

What year is this?

Gary Reeves

It was around 1975.

Perry Null Trading

That’s pretty good money at 15 years old and in the 1970s?

Gary Reeves

Yes, it was nice.

Perry Null Trading

Is that the only place you made jewelry?

Gary Reeves

She had a shop, so we all worked at there, and I did the same for another shop by the airport in Gallup. Just those two places.

Perry Null Trading

Before we go on, what did you use as a hallmark when you first started, and the ones since?

Gary Reeves

G.REEVES was my first stamp, about 10 years ago I changed to greeves that was a script style, then used GARYREEVES for about a year, next was GReeves (script), and now the same but a star above Reeves.

Perry Null Trading

Back to jewelry, you are working for two shops in Gallup, whats next?

Gary Reeves

I went to work in Albuquerque for a shop, that is where I started making the style I still do today. I was in Albuquerque until we moved back in 2000. My wife Marilyn wanted to come back here.

Perry Null Trading

So when you came back to Gallup that is when you went out on your own?

Gary Reeves

Yes, my son Bo helps me with buffing and doing some cutting, but all the rest is me.

Perry Null Trading

I remember around 2000 you had a website, maybe reevesnavajosilversmithing.com, how did that come about?

Gary Reeves

Marilyn worked with someone who knew how to do websites, so he made that for me. He went to work somewhere else and we didn’t know how to keep it up, so that was the end of the site.

Perry Null Trading

Did you get any feedback from the site?

Gary Reeves

I never had enough jewelry to put items up for sale, but I did get lots of phone calls and emails, mostly from Japanese customers.

Perry Null Trading

We always have so many customers looking for your work, I imagine you have lots of orders, what is a typical work week like for you?

Gary Reeves

I am always behind, with Bo’s help I am able to get 20 – 25 pieces done a week, never enough to keep up.

Perry Null Trading

That’s a good thing, right?

Gary Reeves

Yes, it is nice to be busy.

Perry Null Trading

Thanks.

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