Friday, October 31, 2014

Debut of "EDGE Series: STIPPLE Mesquite Bench w/ Contemporary Calf Leg" at 15th Annual Texas Furniture Makers Show

Unfortunately my health and family care duties have kept me from my regular monthly blog posting. I hope that I will be able to be a bit more regular but only time will tell.....

Fall is always a very busy time at Lou Quallenberg Studios. 

Lou's work was on display at Quail Point for the 
Lighthouse Gala 

The very next day Western Trappings on The Llano 2014 kicked off with it's Meet the Artist Reception. 

 Western Trappings on The Llano
October 18, 2014 thru January 4, 2015
Approximately 70 Western Artists and Gear makers featured in this 
International Juried Exhibition & Sale 
Celebrate The Art & Artists OPEN HOUSE 
December 6th
If you are in Llano please check out this wonderful show of Artists and Makers and give us a ring and swing by the shop. Just call first to be sure Lou is there and not off on delivery. 

We just delivered two pieces to the
15th Annual Texas Furniture Makers Show
October 30 - November 30, 2014
A Statewide Competition of the
Finest Custom Furniture Makers in Texas
Awards Reception
November 8th 
5:30p.m. - 8 p.m.
Kerr Arts & Cultural Center in Kerrville, Texas

Lou Quallenberg tries to support this show by creating a mesquite furniture piece each year but lately due to limited time we have had to borrow pieces back from client homes in order to have a show worthy piece.   
Lou did get a chance this year to make a smaller new piece which will begin a beautiful new series of pieces and design style. You can be sure he will take this simple EDGE idea and evolve it to see what more he can create from it.
Mesquite Bench by Lou Quallenberg
EDGE Series: STIPPLE Mesquite Bench w/ Contemporary Calf Leg by Lou Quallenberg
Mesquite Bench by Lou Quallenberg
EDGE Series: STIPPLE Mesquite Bench w/ Contemporary Calf Leg by Lou Quallenberg

Read the show entry Description:
EDGE Series: STIPPLE Bench w/ Contemporary Calf Leg
Always searching to see where the limits on design and mesquite sit and pushing to that point to create his work. This new concept piece for the artist represents another evolution in his distinct design style. This Texas mesquite bench features the artist's signature floating top/seat on stainless steel pins, welded to steel bars that are screwed into routered grooves in the table top. The “Contemporary Calf Leg” style leg design debuted at the 2013 Texas Furniture Makers Show. The new EDGE Series design features a stippled process using a Dremel tool and approximately 4,000 indentions for a unique texture. The silky finish is a very fine, 400-600 grit, hand, wet sanding with a custom blend of oils topped off with several coats of liquid cream wax, a two week process.

Dimensions: 18” height x 11.5” width x 48” length

The second piece we did have to pick up from a client's home in Bryan College Station. Avery and Martin Walker generously allowed us to show their Mesquite furniture piece "The Walker Curve Mesquite Entry Table" in this years Texas Furniture Makers Show.  You may have seen this mesquite entry table in an earlier blog post here:

Mesquite Entry Table by Lou Quallenberg Mesquite Furniture
Walker Curve Mesquite Entry Table by Lou Quallenberg
Mesquite Entry Table by Lou Quallenberg
Walker Curve Mesquite Entry Table by Lou Quallenberg

Read the show entry Description:
Walker Curve Mesquite Entry Table”
Always searching to see where the limits on design and mesquite sit and pushing to that point to create his work. This new concept piece for the artist represents another evolution in his distinct design style. Custom designed for Avery and Martin Walker, to place in a front entryway. The piece combines and incorporates his signature, sculpted, live-edge style with a more sculptural, art piece, edge slab. This Texas mesquite entry table features the artist's signature floating top on stainless steel pins, welded to steel bars that are screwed into routered grooves in the table top. The “curves” are achieved with 14 slices of 1/16th of an inch mesquite planks clamped and epoxied onto an arched jig. The curved bases are artistically joined with sculptural mesquite brackets and meet the floor with sculpted feet. The silky finish is a very fine, 400-600 grit, hand, wet sanding with a custom blend of oils topped off with several coats of liquid cream wax, a two week process.

Dimensions: 36” height x 19.5” width x 69” length

We hope that you can make it to the 15th Annual Texas Furniture Makers Show and see all the hard work and incredible talent on display.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

NEW Mesquite Furniture Design: Walker CURVE Entry Table

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so this mesquite furniture blog post will be mostly pictures, a video and a only a few words.....  

Mesquite Furniture: Lou Quallenberg Studios
The "Walker Curve" Mesquite Entry Table by Lou Quallenberg
The "Walker Curve" Mesquite Entry Table is the newest sculpted, live edge design by Lou Quallenberg Studios and while there are a few photos of the piece none of them come close to capturing the true essence of it as you stand next to and touch it.  When Lou took the order for this table he thought it was going to be one of his standard designs for entry / hallway tables.  That was NOT what the client had in mind. Even after they decided on the sketch below Lou still had no idea what was in front of him.

The challenges on a new concept and design style, both artistically and technically, can be both inspiration as well as torture at the same time.

This new bespoke piece emphasizes Lou Quallenberg's move in a more sculptural direction.  It also proves a point that while his look and style can be copied, they cannot get into his head and take the latest design, so he will always be at least one step ahead.  Always searching to see where the limits on design and mesquite sit and pushing to that point to create his work.  
Lou Quallenberg with "Walker Curve" Mesquite Entry Table
Lou Quallenberg with new design: The "Walker Curve" Mesquite  Entry Table
Sketch for Mesquite Entry Table by Lou Quallenberg Studios
Sketch for the Mesquite Entry Table
Jig by Lou Quallenberg Studios
Making a jig for the curves
Lou Quallenberg Studios Jig
Making the jig's curve

Lou Quallenberg Studios Jig for large curves
Finished jig for the curve
Mesquite to be cut Lou Quallenberg Studios
Wood to be cut in thin slices to create the curves

Clamped up curve making jig by Lou Quallenberg Studios
The jig is loaded and sits for 4 days
Laminated Mesquite Curve by Lou Qualleneberg
The first curve for the table
Base Jig for laminated mesquite curves by Lou Qualleneberg
Jig to square the base of the curves
Squaring the base of the curves
Mesquite entry table design mock up
A mock up of the table and design
Mesquite table ready for hand rubbed oil and wax finish
Mesquite table ready for hand rubbed oil and wax finish

"The challenges on a new concept and design style, both artistically and technically, can be both inspiration as well as torture at the same time."

Photographing the "Walker Curve" Mesquite Entry Table with Lou Quallenberg Studios
Photographing the "Walker Curve" Mesquite Entry Table
"Always searching to see where the limits on design and mesquite sit and pushing to that point to create his work." 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Liquid Lux Mesquite Furniture: Just Add Water

Lou Quallenberg Studios
Liquid Lux
Our new & exclusive line of Mesquite Furniture 
Lou Quallenberg Studios
Instant Gratification.
Just add water.

Due to the natural, native state of the mesquite wood pulp and a special non toxic process that we use, adding  water to the top of the capsule activates the living cells in the wood. Within hours the growing process of our mesquite furniture is complete and a fully functional and finished piece of mesquite furniture rises from the spot that you place the water filled capsule.

Natural Cracks and crevices as well as unusual wood character will be individually based upon the actual natural character of the wood. The finished piece will look similar but may not look exactly like the photo on the capsule. Turquoise inlay is available at an additional charge.

CAUTION: You must leave enough clear space around the soaked capsule for the completed piece to grow or the results will be stunted and possibly deformed. We are not responsible for improper handling and/or poor results due to inappropriate growing conditions.

Currently Available
in these Styles:

These Designs
Coming Soon:

If you have questions or concerns about this or any of our Mesquite Furniture products please first note the date of this post before inquiring help from one of our customer service representatives. Thank you from Lou Quallenberg Studios. Don't be a fool!  
© Lou Quallenberg Studios 2014 All Rights Reserved

Friday, February 28, 2014

Mesquite Furniture, Fire & Flames

'Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames' -Rumi
Mesquite heart and flames by Lou Quallenberg
Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames -Rumi

Several friends have lost their homes to fire, so seriously - we mean no disrespect here. That is not the kind of fire that we mean. We are talking about that all consuming passion to create, write, sing, dance, make mesquite furniture or share whatever your LOVE or HEART is. That thing that keeps you up at night.  Surround yourself in talent, share openly, stay focused and positive.  Insulate yourself from the negative whether it is thoughts, words or people. Avoid the time consuming, mind numbing diversions of television and other so called forms of entertainment. If it is not inspiring you, then why are you wasting your time with it?  Make sure your thoughts, words and actions are all love based. When you come from a position of love you cannot go wrong. This is particularly important when you are talking to yourself. Do you treat / talk to yourself like you would a friend? You should.

Do not let fear get in the way of creating your life in this way. If it scares you then you are stretching and growing. It SHOULD scare you if you are doing it right. If the fire gets so hot everything blows up, then be patient. You can and will rise from the ashes. I promise.

Hopefully we will have some mesquite furniture / art to post about next month.  This month I will be stretching long and hard as I speak at the Llano Library:

Come celebrate spring and new beginnings at the Llano Library by interacting with a panel of four speakers dedicated to healthy living, diet, exercise, nutrition, mind/body integration, self healing, spiritual journey and more.

The Wellness Workshop scheduled for Saturday, March 15, 2014, 9-12 noon, will be the first in a series of quarterly programs dedicated to body, heart, mind and spirit.

Healthy snacks will be served during short presentations by the panel, after which the program will be opened up for participants to ask questions or express concerns.

The panelists include:
Laurie Jameson, ThD; W.C. Jameson, PhD;  Nicky Immel, LMT; and Cheryl Quallenberg, BS.
Read more HERE

How is this for inspiration?   

“When you make something. When you go through the process, all the steps, and at the end you have a finished product, that you made with your own hands, out of your own mind, that is your own design; it’s a reflection of your soul.”
- Eric Hollenbeck / The Ox
Master Wood Craftsman

Watch this inspiring video by Ben Proudfoot at Breakwater Studios

A few more FLAMES:

Don't miss the @LAST Llano Art Studio Tour held annually the LAST Saturday in March in Llano, Texas. Check out these incredible artists in their work spaces.
These folks will inspire you. 
We are so glad to have each one of them sparking and fanning in our lives.


Ira Kennedy home studio
painting / acrylic / ink
Jerialice & The Enchanted Rock Band
Texas Tin Lizard: Kathleen Smith
mixed media / bottle trees
Dust Devil Diver Photography: Briley Mitchell
Tom Suarez Photography
Llano Fine Arts Guild & Gallery
Guild Artists
Nailhead Spur Company: Richard Wendt
metal art / custom fabrication
Gridiron Gallery: Jack Moss
claythings: Lynda Hallmark Gammage
Jane Lynch - altered art
Kathleen Riordan - pottery
Sheri Zoch (sapphire) home studio
fused glass / oils
Charles & Euneen Wendt home studio
spurs / iron / fused glass / gourd art
Gayle Hardaway - leather work
Myrick Studio - Harriet Myrick
mixed media
Lou Quallenberg home studio
sculpted mesquite
Ralph Moresco - copper wind spirals
Check it out 
Saturday March 29th 2014 10am-5pm
Afterparty with the artists 7:00pm Llano Fine Art Guild & Gallery
Demos and Giveaways throughout the day!
Maps available at the studio locations, local businesses all over town, the Llano Visitor Center and the Llano Fine Art Guild.

FINALLY Do not forget to add some fuel to the FIRE!!!

Need wholesale mesquite firewood? or oak firewood?
JP Wood Supply
Joe Prest
Menard, Texas 
JP Wood Supply Menard, Texas
JP Wood Supply in Menard, Texas

Friday, January 31, 2014

How much heart have you invested? Ours is in Mesquite Furniture.

So today marks the first day of the Chinese New Year 2014 which is the year of the Wood Horse. Since I am a Fire Horse and wood is fuel for fire, I am thinking this will be a great year for me to get things accomplished.  That and the fact that it is a WOOD year and well mesquite IS a type of WOOD -  I  am taking that as a good thing! Guess only time will tell....

The year has gotten off to a bumpy start with a rather lengthy 12 day hospital stay with my father.  Hopefully we are through the worse part but we will just take it all one day at a time.  My personal goal this year of the "Horse" will be to create a horse every day in some type of artistic medium. I hope to have quite a horse collection at the end of this year and maybe discover some things about myself that I did not know. It will be part of my getting back to myself and uncovering my artistic side. I only hope I can stick with it.

With the approach of Valentine's Day I have spent a little time focused on heart. I recently came across this quote at the end of a beautiful letter written by Ted Hughes to his son:
"The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough, that they didn’t invest enough heart, didn’t love enough. Nothing else really counts at all."  -Ted Hughes
Lou and I have invested not only time and money, but heart in this mesquite furniture journey, because working with mesquite is what makes his heart sing.  We have ignored our fears and the warnings of others. It is at times scary and we have been known to ask ourselves "what were we thinking?" but all in all it has supported us and lead us to grow not only as artists but also in heart.  

This year we have some exciting, challenging new projects in house. We look forward to sharing them here and hope that you will check back each month to see how we are doing.

“The analogy between the artist and the child is that both live in a world of their own making,” -Anaïs Nin

Ted Hughes' letter discusses in great detail the inner child and how it has such limited experience in living because most of the time we are protecting it.  I hope this year I can let my child out to play and experience life and create a beautiful world of my own making. I also hope that you will let yours out to play.

And now for an early Valentine's Day SURPRISE to Lou a little :

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Mesquite Furniture takes a Sculptural Direction

So as we wrap up this year of mesquite furniture making and look back on the client list, projects and creative challenges we find that this was the year that Lou's work has REALLY jumped creatively. The exciting projects currently in house will be released in the coming New Year 2014 and show a leap in the direction of his work. Lou has been moving into a much more artistic and sculptural direction and these new pieces will certainly showcase that direction.
Wood Jig
Lou Quallenberg with Jig to bend Mesquite
Mesquite Furniture
Lou Quallenberg & Shawn Walker remove mesquite curve from jig
We are thankful for the new clients this year that have helped push this new direction, but are also aware that several of the former client's (now collectors) with their new projects have added to the momentum.  What a true blessing to be able to hone your skills and craft as you create commissions for people that truly appreciate your work! We are so very thankful to our clients and collectors, past, present and future that help Lou Quallenberg's work increase in value as they seek it out.

This year we entered two contests Martha Stewart's American Made and Intuit's Small Business Big Game. While we did not win either contest, we like to think that we gained experience by entering and competing and perhaps got a bit of exposure that we would not have had otherwise.  Creating a video for the Intuit contest reminded us that we never really did the YouTube video series that we had started a few years back. So maybe this new year will be the year?!

Check out the video that we did for The Intuit Small Business Big Game Contest:

Check out the first video that we did on YouTube and let us know if you think we should do more:

This year brought us a few surprises with the reunion, connection and reconnection of family.  It reminded us that the world works in mysterious ways and God's hand is in all of it. We are very blessed to add more family and hope to strengthen the family bonds that we already have as well.  With that said we need to add a word or two of THANKS to the Walker Family (AKA Cheryl's Family). Shawn for his work in the shop and on deliveries, Steve for his creative genius in helping Lou make his sketches reality, Carolyn for putting up with the shop shenanigans and Heather for always being on call to Barney sit or lend a hand. Matthew and Taylor for being themselves and helping here & there. We LOVE all of our families: old & new, good & bad, known & unknown, alive & deceased because we know they are ALL in some way a part of what makes us who we are.    

The Lou Quallenberg Studios Catalog was updated in early 2013 but it along with the website are due for a TOTAL makeover this new year. We are open to any and all ideas and suggestions so please feel free to let us know what you think.

We received some good press this past year with an article in Tex Appeal Magazine and a mention in the "THINGS WE LOVE" section in Western Art & Architecture.  While mesquite is a Texas native and Western art collectors are aware of mesquite and its beautiful qualities. Our goal is to attract buyers and collectors that are not so familiar with the wood.

Sometimes a familiarity with something limits the imagination of what it can be,  we see mesquite as a beautiful medium that should not be limited by its Texan and/or Western roots.

Don't get me wrong, we embrace the Texas Heritage of mesquite.  We truly appreciate the favorable reception of Lou Quallenberg's work at The Texas Furniture Makers Show.  A "Jersey" boy Winning the "Best Texas Style" Category a whopping five times says something about the maker, the wood and it's Texas roots, but we see it as something bigger than Texas. Oh wait did I really say that?! Okay as BIG as Texas!  What I am saying is the beauty of this wood should not be limited to Texas or western homes and ranches.....

"Sometimes a familiarity with something limits the imagination of what it can be, we see mesquite as a beautiful medium that should not be limited by its Texan and/or Western roots." CWQuallenberg

In this coming new year we hope to continue our work of helping, encouraging and inspiring young artists (and maybe a few older ones.) We know that we learn from and are inspired by them as much as they are by us. We DO still dream, search and plan for a future creative workspace that will include an Artist in Residence program and be a place of inspiration for years to come. We truly love to collaborate and share with artists of all kinds and offer ANY and ALL of our experience and skills gained to anyone who takes the time to ask for or seek it out. 

We wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!  
May ALL of your Dreams and Desires 
Come True in 2014!


Saturday, November 30, 2013

Making Mesquite Furniture: Texas Style

We are so very honored that Lou Quallenberg once again won the Best Texas Style category at the 14th Annual Texas Furniture Makers Show. This is the fifth time that he has won the award with his unique style of mesquite furniture. We find it kind of humorous that a guy from New Jersey keeps winning the Best Texas Style Furniture category! 

I think his love for the wood (mesquite) and the work has become physically obvious and that is what people see when they look at and touch his pieces. Lou's Contemporary "Calf Leg" Credenza also received an Honorable Mention from the judges. They probably ALL frowned on the use of metal drawer slides but we still have not found a better method to achieve full extension of the drawer for our client's regular use.

Texas Furniture
"Susan" Mesquite Entry Table Wins Best Texas Style at 2013 Texas Furniture Makers Show

Texas Furniture  
Contemporary "Calf Leg" Credenza receives an Honorable Mention
This year we had resigned to the fact that the younger artists (some that we have been really encouraging) were finally finding their art and coming into their own.  We were pretty sure when we delivered Lou's pieces to the show that the piece created by 22 year old Timothy Anz, an apprentice to Frank Strazza, would take the Best in Show. It was so perfect in it's execution and the design was not typical traditional. It did win Best of Show at the 14th Annual Texas Furniture Makers Show and it deserved it! Such a beautiful piece.
Best of Show "Safari" display cabinet (L-R) Asa Christiana, Omar Angel Perez, Timothy Anz (Maker), & Jeff Miller.
Texas Furniture
Lou Quallenberg's Contemporary "Calf Leg" Credenza received an Honorable Mention
Mesquite Furniture
Best Texas Style - The "Susan" Mesquite Entry Table by Lou Quallenberg

Brandon Berdoll with the Award winning "Brazos Beauty"
We also felt the piece by Brandon Berdoll and Company, "The Brazos Beauty" would probably take the Best Texas Style Category. So we were seriously surprised when they called Lou's name for the award. "The Brazos Beauty" Pecan dining table ended up taking 3rd place overall and the Woodcraft People's Choice Award!  
Lee Westphal's piece "The Edge" Table was another contender that we thought might have a chance at Best Texas Style Furniture this year but he entered it in the Contemporary category.
Texas Furniture Makers Show Judge and Fine Wood Working Editor Asa Christiana posted this blog about the Show and we were pleasantly surprised to find that he listed Lou's "Susan" Mesquite Entry Table as one of his personal favorites. 

Read the full blog post here:         

Texas Artists
Artists L-R: Jeffrey Cox, Lou Quallenberg, Jeremy Grubb
One of our favorite nights of the year is the Texas Furniture Makers Show Awards Reception, as it gives us a chance to catch up with the artists that we have not seen all year long.  We really enjoy the camaraderie and the sharing, the exchange of ideas and products, tools and finishes. It always amazes us at the amount of talent in the room when artists get together for a show. Such a great energy and creative flow. We do also get to visit a  little bit on delivery day before the show and pick up day after it ends. 

Sadly tomorrow is pick up day and we will say goodbye to the Fourteenth Annual Texas Furniture Makers Show until next year.                 

Live Edge Furniture
Delivering to and picking up from the show always a chance to visit with the other makers.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

SHOWTIME for the "Susan" Mesquite Entry Table

"Susan" Mesquite Entry Table - Mesquite Furniture by Lou Quallenberg
As we have for the majority of the past 9 years, most of October was spent scrambling to finish Lou's entry in the Texas Furniture Makers Show ®. We knew it would be tight because of its close timing to the "Western Trappings on the Llano" Exhibition & Sale - Grand Opening and a much delayed yet somewhat unexpected trip to Philadelphia in September.  So same as last year, the call to former clients went out to see if we could "show" one of his former pieces, in the event that a new piece was not completed in time.  Last years piece "Drift" was delivered dripping oil and wax. The finish not up to the Lou Quallenberg standard (even though the piece WON the Best Texas Style Category) and was quickly stripped and refinished for photos, and ultimately it's new client. 

Mr. & Mrs. Donahue answered the call this year by consenting to the use of their "Susan" Mesquite Entry Table in the Texas Furniture Makers Show ® .  Last year they had Holiday parties and were enjoying the new mesquite furniture piece in their home for the Holidays. This year Susan's wedding (yes the table's namesake) and other plans meant they would not feel the loss of the "Susan" Mesquite Hallway Table in their entry way as severely.   

Lou Quallenberg's Website Home Page -
It was an interesting and happy coincidence or synchronicity that we had already chosen to create new business cards using the "Susan" Table's curvy photos.   In an effort to match the marketing we also changed out the website Home Page image (seen here).  We felt this image shows off Lou's distinct, curvy design style and leans more towards the sculptural work,  style and direction he is moving into.  

The New Folded Card for Lou Quallenberg Studios
Our choice of doing a folded card this year has presented it's own set of challenges. Once folded and stacked together the cards have a spring loaded effect and can surprise the unsuspecting card collector by flying in unison across the room.  For this reason we have taken to displaying them open with the inside facing out and letting the person gathering a card fold it themselves. They take up less space and avoid the flying across the room trick, which I am sure most folks would prefer not to happen anyways.
Mesquite Entry Table: The "Susan" - Mesquite Furniture by Lou Quallenberg
The "Susan" Mesquite Entry table was designed to go under a painting in the Donahue home.  I have to say I had seen the pictures recently because we put them on the cards and website but I honestly had forgotten how truly breathtaking the piece is in person.  It  measures a whopping 10.5 ft long by 2 ft wide by 3 ft high. It really makes a presence and begs for you to touch it. We hope that you get a chance to go by and see it in person in Kerrville at the Kerr Arts & Cultural Center while it is at the 14th Annual Texas Furniture Makers Show®. You can also check out his Mesquite Credenza that is available for sale, some other mesquite furniture as well as some incredible furniture pieces in other woods and materials by some very talented Artists and Makers.
The "Susan" Mesquite Entry Table by Lou Quallenberg

Laminated Mesquite Curves by Lou Quallenberg

Mesquite Hallway Table- The "Susan" by Lou Quallenberg
Remember that you can always see Lou Quallenberg's Mesquite Furniture online at and we hope you will stop by and support both of these great shows where you can see, touch and feel Lou's mesquite furniture in person.
The 14th Annual Texas Furniture Makers Show ®
October 31 - November 30, 2013
A Statewide Competition of the Finest Custom Furniture Makers in Texas!
228 Earl Garrett Street
Kerrville, Texas 78028

 Kerr Arts & Cultural Center
Gallery Hours:

10 AM-4 PM

1 PM-4 PM

Don't forget to VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE Furniture Piece for the
PEOPLES' CHOICE AWARD sponsored by Woodcraft®!!!


Western Trappings on The Llano Exhibition & Sale
Inside the Llano County Historical Museum 

The Museum is OPEN to the Public:
11 AM-5 PM
"Western Trappings on the Llano" Exhibition & Sale
MEET THE ARTISTS: "Western Trappings on the Llano"

Monday, September 30, 2013

Sharing, September & Shows

September's shadows 
lean long and hard.
The feel of Fall begins it's bow.
The colors and the show begin,
as winter starts her harsh descent. 
- CW Quallenberg

Lou Quallenberg sharing his knowledge at Art Tour Demo
September always seems to be a stressful month of trying to make up for the slower pace of a heat filled August or sizzling summer (as the case may be.) Show pieces and items are rushed as the arrival of Fall signals  "Show Time" at Lou Quallenberg Studios.  Lou tries to create a new piece each year for the Texas Furniture Makers Show in an effort to support this showcase of incredible talent. We enjoy visiting with the other artists and Furniture Makers at this and other shows that we attend. The sharing of information and the energy exchange that comes from being in a room filled with such amazing artistic talent is exhilarating! 

In 2008 we met an amazing artistic couple at the Western Design Conference in Jackson Hole. Tim Carney of Timothy's Fine Woodworking and Maureen Shaunnessey of  Brown Bird Studio.  Maureen is the one that taught me how easy it is to blog and inspired me to start the Mesquite Musings journey.  The have a great group of woodworkers in Montana  -  The Helena Woodworkers Guild
Check out their Blog: Sawdust & Shavings  It is on that blog that we discovered this great video about sharing skills and passing info along to the next generation.
I love this quote that they pulled from the Video:
"If you don’t hand it on, all that’s not given is lost. So you must — if you get good at something — show other people how to do this."
— Lida Cardozo Kindersley, letter carver
This is exactly what we believe. We are always sharing techniques, sources, information and just about anything else you can think of! Lou feels that if someone is copying his ideas it is a compliment and not a theft like some may see it as. He knows in his heart of hearts that he will always have a new idea or design in his head and nobody can take that from him.

What knowledge skill or craft are you passing along to the future? Do you share it? If not why not?

Lou Quallenberg's Upcoming Shows:

October 31st-November 30th 2013

October 18th, 2013 - January 4th, 2014

A few shows that we wish we had the time for but just could not break away for this year :

          October 11 - 13, 2013                       September 5-7, 2013              September 18-22, 2013
          Fredericksburg, Texas                    Jackson Hole, Wyoming                Cody, Wyoming

While Lou Quallenberg Studios did not make the final round in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards we are currently in the second round of voting in the Intuit Small Business Big Game Contest. We appreciate your support! You can use this link below to vote for us and who knows maybe Lou will win a Commercial during the Super Bowl!