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Moving to Kerrville
Whether I am coding or working in my wood shop, I am passionate about learning, experimenting and innovating. When my family and I sold our farm, our move to Kerrville in November of 2015 has enabled us to make amazing connections and draw inspiration from the natural landscapes. Kerrville has a thriving arts and tech scene concentrated around the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center. It is one of my goals to enter some of my pieces in the Center’s Texas Furniture Makers’ Show.
Connecting With Past and Future
Here, in Kerrville, I am able to connect with artisans and workers in a huge variety of crafts, exchanging ideas and resources. I have met top-notch artist whose media range from computers to cheese. (If you have tried Brazos Valley cheese, I don’t have to convince you that making cheese is a true art.) As an artisan, connecting with my environment is essential to my work. Kerrville offers an amazing environment of creators and thinkers, all of whom are friendly, empathetic and always ready to share ideas.
When I say I use local materials, I don’t just mean the native and reclaimed wood I shape into furniture. Just as important is the influence of the local environment, from cultural to natural. As I compose my designs, I am thinking about the Texas hill country that surrounds me. The surrounding hills and the Guadalupe River that runs through the town form a beautiful landscape. Just walking the nature trails and watching the hummingbirds on the river here are among the best things in life.
As a history buff, I am continuously drawn to Kerrville’s fascinating history. First settled at the beginning of the 19th century, this town formed part of the Western Cattle Trail. The Cowboy Artists of America Museum as well as various folk art events pay tribute to the area’s roots.
Relocating to Kerrville has been a vital step in my return to woodworking as a serious endeavor. Today, each piece of furniture I make is rooted in the area’s natural and artistic landscape. As someone with many different types of interests and a fascination with exploring both the past and the future, I find that this area is perfect as place to work and live along with my family. I am always striving to connect with other Texas Hill Country artisans and thinkers. Whether you work with software, metal, glass, food or anything else, I would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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