Guthrie, Okla., farrier Eric Barham passed away unexpectedly from natural causes Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. He was 65.
After graduating from Wichita East High School, he completed horseshoeing school in Colorado and later an apprenticeship in Oklahoma. His career as a renowned professional farrier was a great source of pride for him and for his family. He treated all of his clients’ horses — world and national champions, lesson horses, pasture horses — with the same high standard of care, craftmanship and attention to detail. His strong reputation as a skilled and talented farrier was enhanced by his honesty and kindness.
He was also an expert silversmith and jewelry artist. His pieces shine with imagination, thoughtful details and the same care and kindness that he put into everything in his life. The power of art was seen in so many aspects of his life — his love of music, poetry, reading, studying Native American cultures and art, silversmithing, shoeing horses, awe of nature’s beauty and strength, and so much more. His artistry was a strong thread weaving through his life and relationships. The following quote by St. Francis of Assisi was quite meaningful to him: “He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”
His memorial service and celebration of life will be postponed until his family and friends will be able to attend, probably this spring. The family greatly appreciates the outpouring of love, prayers and support. Those wishing to leave remembrances may do so on his Facebook page. A memorial gift fund will be established at a later date.