Monday, August 31, 2015

Making Mesquite in the SIZZLING August Heat

This summer while not as hot as some is still a very hot one and if you have been to the shop lately you know the temperature inside has reached the 100's regularly. We really need to get some temperature control in the shop. We had originally hoped to be moved to a more permanent and expandable location by now, but at this point are committed to stay and help my declining, aging parents.  So the question is: To cool? or not to cool? and hopefully soon it will be: To heat? or not to heat?

This quote below really struck a chord for us, it is how we are trying to live our life of mesquite, so we needed to share it:
"Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential — as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.

You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.

To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble".  
- Calvin and Hobbs creator Bill Watterson

 Check out the latest mesquite heart sculpture "Mesquite Hearts A'Flame" on youtube video for a 360 view.


Just a reminder you can see Lou's work up close and in person at: 
http://martastaffordfineart.com/
200 Main St, Marble Falls, TX 78654







Picture 
503 Bessemer Ave, Llano, TX 78643

  Lee Casbeer
Don't miss the Lee Casbeer Special Exhibit in September.


http://www.westerntrappings.com/
September 18, 2015 - November 15, 2015 
310 Bessemer (Hwy 16), Llano, TX

Grand Opening Weekend Schedule
Meet the Artists Fri September 18 5pm-8pm
Chuck Wagon Breakfast Sat September 19 8am-10:30am
Live AUCTION Sat September 19 1pm 
     (Registration & Preview starts at10:00am)
Plus
Celebrate the Art & Artists
Open House & Reception October 17th 9am-5pm


This year due to time constraints and a full schedule
we will NOT be participating in:
 October 29, 2015 – November 28, 2015
 Awards Reception: November 7, 2015  5:30pm – 8pm

We have and will continue to support this Show. We look forward to seeing what our artist friends will have on display. 

Now maybe someone else besides Lou can win the Best Texas Style Furniture Award :)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mesquite with all my HEART ♡

Well my goodness it really has been a while since I have posted to the blog.  Our hands and hearts have been full with elder care, which is a bit like juggling jello at times. So some things have gotten dropped. Hopefully I will rise above the emotional, physical and financial toll this has taken on our family and continue to post our progress.  That is the plan.

With that said I am happy to share Lou Quallenberg's latest direction in his mesquite masterpieces. Lou has always put so much of his heart and soul into his work and this new direction is no different.  His new works actually take the shape of a heart with his distinctive design style - of course.
Mesquite Hearts for Cheryl on Valentine's Day

Every year for Valentine's Day he presents me with a mesquite valentine.  They range from tiny tokens to 3ft sculptures carved into a branch and everything you can imagine in between. The heart posted on the blog in February last year  Mesquite Furniture, Fire & Flames was one such heart.


Mesquite Heart in Flames by Lou Quallenberg

 During the @LAST Llano Art Studio Tour a few years ago a gentleman saw it and asked to have something similar created for his wife. Lou put it on the back burner. Eventually he decided to make two so he could pick one and the other could go to Marta Stafford Fine Art Gallery since he had been promising her something new for a long while. Once people saw those hearts being made in the shop, they ordered their own hearts and so Lou was launched into the sculpture business by way of heart.

BTW the very patient and understanding Marta Stafford still has not received one for the gallery yet.

Open Heart in Mesquite for Cheryl

Moresco Square Base Mesquite Heart by Lou Quallenberg

Moresco Natural Base Mesquite Heart by Lou Quallenberg

Messer Mesquite Heart by Lou Quallenberg

Lacy/Franco Mesquite Heart by Lou Quallenberg

 Laminated Mesquite Heart by Lou Quallenberg


So as we start this day in celebration of our 20 years of marriage I publish this post in honor of my talented, artist of a husband Lou Quallenberg. I only  ask that our remaining years be filled with as much love as the last 20 years!

with all my HEART ♡
Love,
Cheryl

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 
by 

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
9am-6pm
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: http://mesquite-musings.blogspot.com/2014/04/new-mesquite-furniture-design-walker.html


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
Presents 
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

www.blueoxmill.com

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.



2014
PARTICIPATING
ARTISTS/STUDIOS

@1
Ira Kennedy home studio
www.irakennedy.com/paintings
painting / acrylic / ink
Jerialice & The Enchanted Rock Band
www.enchantedrock.com
 
@2
Texas Tin Lizard: Kathleen Smith
www.texastinlizard.com
mixed media / bottle trees
 
@3
Dust Devil Diver Photography: Briley Mitchell
www.dustdevildiverphotography.com
 
@4
Tom Suarez Photography
www.tomsuarez.net
 
@5
Llano Fine Arts Guild & Gallery
Guild Artists
www.llanofineartsgallery.org
 
@6
Nailhead Spur Company: Richard Wendt
www.nailheadspur.com
metal art / custom fabrication
 
@7
Gridiron Gallery: Jack Moss
www.thegridirongallery.com
 
@8
claythings: Lynda Hallmark Gammage
Jane Lynch - altered art
Kathleen Riordan - pottery
www.kathleenriordanpottery.com
 
@9
Sheri Zoch (sapphire) home studio
fused glass / oils
 
@10
Charles & Euneen Wendt home studio
www.rockingwspurs.com
spurs / iron / fused glass / gourd art
Gayle Hardaway - leather work
 
@11
Myrick Studio - Harriet Myrick
mixed media
 
@12
Lou Quallenberg home studio
www.LouQart.com
sculpted mesquite
Ralph Moresco - copper wind spirals
www.westshorewindspirals.com
  
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
(325)262-2598
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.
THANK YOU!!!!


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:
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/109128/inspiring-furniture-from-annual-texas-competition         

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.