Last Labor Day weekend we were in Frontier Anglers in Dillon MT chatting it up with the owner, our good friend Tim Tollett. I don’t know how I could have missed this over the past few years but for the first time his ring caught my eye and I asked him if it was new.
“No actually, I’ve had it for ever. It’s my wedding ring.”
My up-til-then lack of observation skills aside, I keenly sensed there was something extra cool about this good-looking ring and asked for more detail. Prepare yourself for the best wedding ring story ever.
When Tim and his wife got married, they received a good bit of silver from her grandmother and decided they didn’t really have a use for formal place settings. So they took it up to Conovers where there used to be a jewelry maker.
Tim stopped to ask if I was familiar with Conovers.
Oh yeah. It’s a trading post in Wisdom MT on the Upper Big Hole that offers a smattering of sporting goods, hunting and fishing supplies, souvenirs, and Indian jewelry. But perhaps its biggest draw is its fabulous sign and façade which has lured in many a professional and amateur photographer through the years, myself included. Sassy pose Pocahontas.
At any rate, Tim gave the jewelry maker the grandmother’s silver which was melted down to make the ring. Tim also gave him the horn from an elk that he had shot himself. Waaat? Sorry, but could this wedding ring be any cooler? Apparently the elk horn used to be more brown but has polished itself over the years to a glossy white finish.
I always knew Tim Tollett was a badass. Not to mention a good sport and incredibly patient with a nosy busy-body like me getting all up in his world while he’s manically tying flies to try and refill his crane fly bin.
Cheers Tim! see you in a few months…