“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” – Malcolm Gladwell
Many of us have heard Malcom Gladwell’s rule of 10,000 hours which states that 10,000 hours of deliberate practice will make someone great. Whether or not this number is accurate or the theory is true, hard work and study will go hand in hand when someone is trying to master a particular skill. Assuming one can dedicate 40 hours a week for about five years, they will have reached that 10,000 hour benchmark. But, what about the people that have hit that benchmark four, six or even eight times over?
For our third Episode of Dare to be Bold, we interviewed Clint Orms with Clint Orms Engravers and Silversmiths. Not only is his work breathtaking, he is one of the kindest, most humble, and integral individuals that we have had the pleasure of meeting. Most importantly, he really loves his line of work, and therefore was willing to dedicate an extraordinary amount of time to make his interest become his livelihood. “I really had a passion to do this. You know, I got to see what it meant for someone to wear a belt buckle.” Orms explains in his interview for Dare to be Bold while reflecting back on his early years as a silversmith.
Before the next episode goes live on Thursday, July 26th, we wanted to shine some light on Orms’ background and how he got to where he is today.
Orms was born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas. “In a way I was kind of born into it because my grandmother and my dad were always making things,” he explains. His grandmother was a seamstress, and he can recall some of the outfits that she made for him while he was growing up. He also remembers that she would tear the outfit apart and start over in efforts to perfect the garment. Meanwhile, his father worked at a western store called The Cow Lot which was known for its unique way of hand creasing cowboy hats. “All the cowboys in the area for a long distance would come in just to buy their hats so they could have that personalized service.” Orms’ exposure to handmade items from day one helped shape his view on what it meant to create. “I got to see people making things and how rewarding it was to wear them and hear people talk about them…. There are a lot of things that kind of fed into why I do what I do.”
Then, at 13 years old, a local western artist/saddlemaker taught Orms how to tool leather. “That led on to him moving to Albuquerque from Wichita Falls. When he moved he said ‘You’ve got to come out and learn how to do this silverwork’ because Albuquerque is really known for their silversmiths.” So, at 16 years old Orms loaded up his car and drove to Albuquerque with his mother to learn the basics of silversmithing and engraving. After that, Orms returned to Wichita Falls and finished high school while working for a leather shop, selling his own belts, practicing silver work in his garage and selling his pieces to his teachers at school.
Immediately after graduating from high school, Orms secured a job at a silver shop in California. “From there, I went to work for four other companies for 20 years,” both working and apprenticing. “Then, I started my company after that. That was 25 years ago.” Orms started his company in Dallas. Within a year he met his now wife who at the time lived in Houston, so he relocated the company to Houston and stayed there for 13 years. Then, they moved their production to Ingram, Texas where they have been ever since.
Orms had over 20 years of work experience before he even started his company. It was the years of dedication to his craft that has truly set the work of Clint Orms Silversmiths and Engravers apart from most silverworkers! On Thursday, July 26th, check out our next Dare to be Bold podcast featuring Clint Orms as he discusses some of the trials and tribulations that got him to where he is today.
Dare to be Bold Episode No. 3 featuring Clint Orms is now live! Click the video below to watch the podcast.
Watch Episode No. 3 | Featuring David Forks from David Forks Fine Artists