When first becoming active in living history / reenacting as a hobby almost
2 decades ago, I quickly saw a need for well made, historically accurate
boxes and furniture pieces to complement my impression. The first pieces
were fairly simple, utilitarian boxes, although they were constructed
without the use of any modern nails or fasteners. Most of my early
customers were fellow reenactors who saw my work at living history
events, liked what they saw and asked if I could make something similar
After a time, these same people began to ask for a variety of other types
of pieces, and business began to grow entirely by word of mouth.
I am completely self-taught. I began by closely studying the construction
and style of pieces I saw in museums and antique stores, and eventually
settled on the construction methods that I use to this day. All of my
pieces are made of solid wood, NO plywood!
Made in Texas
As for the punchwork that adorns many of my pieces, I have no idea where that came from in the beginning other than
pure inspiration. I have since found several examples of punchwork that date back as early as the 13th century, with many
examples from the 19th century.
I was named a "Texas Original" by the Texas Commission on the Arts in December 2005, and in fact, was one of the first to
be so named. I have been active in the art community in Elgin over the years, and I was a charter member of the Elgin Arts
Association and the first president of that organization. I participate in numerous art shows, festivals and living history
events every year. Among the larger annual events are Christmas at Winedale and the Texas Folklife Festival.