ELKO — Sculptor Paul Jones offers a new twist on historic western gear: hand-hammered steel hats, at his first National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Jones created his first metal cowboy hat in 2005 as a studio project at University of Colorado Boulder.

“I ended up with a hat hanging on the wall.” he said. “I didn’t make another one for five years.”

That next metal hat won Best of Show at a local show.

“I thought, ‘You know what – I could make some more and see what happens’,” Jones said. In 2014 Jones entered nine juried shows in Colorado.

“There were minimal sales, but lots of interest,” Jones said. “Enough sales to keep going, buy tools, and move forward.”

The sculptor, based in Louisville, Colorado, began attending week-long horse shows in different states before applying to the Cowboy Christmas event in Las Vegas. There somebody dropped a card at his booth promoting the new Elko Conference Center for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, where he currently hosts his booth.

Jones created his display cases based on the Fibonacci math sequence with segments 1.617 times larger than their counterparts. Jones said using this “Golden Ratio” helps connect his artwork with nature.

“I’m living the Dream,” Jones said. “I’m working with metal and making it happen.”

For more information about Paul Jones and his hand-hammered steel hats, visit DavineCreations.com.