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Twelfth Annual Texas Furniture Makers Show

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Texas furniture makers can now send in their entries for the Twelfth Annual Texas Furniture Makers Show. The show will be held at the Kerr Arts & and Cultural Center in downtown Kerrville, Texas. An application can be found at the show’s website: www.texasfurnituremakersshow.com.

I have exhibited at the last three shows and hope to be there again this year if my application is approved.

The three judges at this years show are Thea Marx,executive director of the Western Design Conference in cody WY, Peter Kennedy, general manager of Fine Lumber And Plywood in Austin, Texas, and Frank Strazza, a full time instructor at the Heritage School of Woodworking in Elm Mott, Texas. Frank is a multiple award winner at The Texas Furniture Makers Show.

The application is due by September 2,2011. The show will run November 10th to December 10th this year. The application requires a non-refundable $ 25.00 jury fee. If selected the show fee will be $100.00 for furniture that is for sale and $200.00 for furniture that is not for sale.

The shows award criteria is 60% craftsmanship & finish and $40% design. The judges will select the winners on Saturday 19, 2011 with the reception and award ceremony That evening from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.



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#1 posted 907 days ago

See i’m late to the blog. :) How did it go?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 907 days ago

Doc, I did not bring a prize home this year, but the show was very enjoyable. I always learn something new to help me with my woodworking at the show. The quality of the furniture is very good at the show and it is an honor to be able to attend with an entry.
Gerrry

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#3 posted 907 days ago

Saw the home page for the show, Pretty slick. Are they promoting “western style” furniture? If so what would that be considered?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 907 days ago

There are several categories that are each judged seperately for a prize and compete for the over all top three prizes for the show. Texas furniture is one on the categories. It can be “western style” or combine some contemporary features with the western style which seems to be the current trend in “western style furniture”. Honey Mesquite is the most used material for the Texas Style Furniture category. All the different categories are judged equally.
The show tries to accept entries for a wide variety of furniture styles to show case the Texas Studio Furniture makers. This is the only show Texas furniture makers have to compete in Texas.

Gerry

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#5 posted 907 days ago

I’ve never been to a furniture show it must be really cool.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 906 days ago

Gerry,

All of Texas? Must be a huge event? You have three major cities ( my sister lives in Huston) and how many millions of people centralized? Saying this because we have the MN Woodworkers Guild and they have an annual show. Most of the folks are from MN/St Paul. Some of us from outer regions,

Wondering if you have any local folks who are well known outside TX in studio furniture? Do you have any local folk you think “wow” about. :)

First I have heard of South Western Studio Furniture, But then I live/exist in rural southern MN.

Any direction you can send mewould be appreciated.

Tom/aka/DocSavage45

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 906 days ago

Jim,

Isn’t there a guild or major woodworkers group in your area?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 904 days ago

Tom, as large and populous as Texas is, the show is not that large. Usually 50 to 60 people are chosen from the applicants and about 60-70 pieces of furniture are entered each year. More than one piece may be entered with the approval of the jury panel. Rerturning artists seem to have an advantage as the jury committe knows their work, but several new artists are allowed to exhibit each show.

The show is held in the fall in the town of Kerrville, Texas in the fal. Kerrville is a small town in the Hill country of south Texas. The show is held an old post office that has been converted to a cultural center.

Some of the better known artists are Frank Strazza, Alton Bowman, Rex White, Lou Quallenberg, and Jeremy Grubbs. All nice fellows. Lou has a very nice website. Fine Woodworking Magazine has been a sponsor for the last 4 years and 2 of their editors have been judges for 3 of those years.

The Texas Furniture at the show could be made of some native wood or could combine some other materials such as horn, antlers, glass, or even metal such has hand forged and formed iron or copper components. Some of the Texas Furniture is large in scale or small. Mesquite Live edge slabs are used a lot.

Gerry

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#9 posted 903 days ago

Found Lou’s website, and I will spend some time there. Thanks for update.

Maybe you can build something simple like a floating top coffee table :) LOL

Never thought about complexity of chair design until I got Charles Niel’s chairmaking video/dvd. Andyboy suggested “Furniture with Soul” an excellent book, and I am looking at the Art/Studio pieces with a new perspective.

Keep up your journey, I’m WAY behind but I have to travel a different road.

Thanks!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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