Inola Castings was founded in 1990 by George Freeman, a man who, according to his daughter, Stephani Freeman, never believed he would ever be rich. He devoted his business to the well-being of his own family, the families of his workers, and of the community. Located in the small and tightly knit town of Inola, Oklahoma, Inola Castings has answered the call of service several times throughout its existence.
When Operation Desert Storm began in 1991 as part of the Gulf War, a couple stepped into the Inola Castings office with a unique request. They wanted to have bracelets made to show their support for their son and soldier. That simple request resulted in a flow of many more, and ultimately Inola Castings was producing specialized Desert Storm bracelets for family and friends of soldiers in the war, raising $3,000 for the United Service Organization (USO). Continue reading “Inola Castings, Answering the Call for Over 20 years” »
For some people, belt buckles are those metallic things that you stick your belt through. For others, they are a world full of character. If you are in the latter group, then you may be wondering about some new buckle ideas that you haven’t thought of. If you are in the former group, open your mind and be inspired, belt buckles serve all sorts of purposes and can take on a range of personalities. Inola Castings can help you make your own belt buckle that is a unique and personal expression of you or a loved one. Here are some buckle ideas: Continue reading “Belt Buckle Ideas” »
Before the 1920s, cowboys didn’t actually wear belt buckles. Many cowboys didn’t even wear belts and today, some still don’t. Most cowboys by the late 1800s actually wore suspenders. Suspenders did the simple job of keeping the pants up just fine, and were very functional for the work of a ranch lifestyle – riding, roping, saddling, tending to and caring for animals, building, and any other tasks of ranch management. In fact, the entire attire of the cowboy in the 1800s was essentially functional, with many cowboys wearing second-hand clothing to work in, since at the time clothing was not mass-produced but custom and tailor-made.
During the Civil War, from 1861 to 1865, the military started to use the friction belt buckle, the type of buckle where you pull the belt behind and through the buckle to keep the belt in place. It doesn’t have a prong and a hole. Those buckles were mostly made of brass, and as the war waged, and buckles were mas produced in large quantities, they became more widespread and some cowboys started wearing them too. Continue reading “Cowboy Buckle History” »