Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Summer, Social Media & the Texas Furniture Makers’ Show ®

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa

Well the summer heat is upon us and  while it does not compare to last year in intensity, it is never the less HOT!! 

As I write and prepare to post this we are celebrating our 17 years of marriage  and briefly escaping the heat, by floating in the Lazy River at the Hill Country Hyatt in San Antonio.  A little break before the next round of mesquite furniture projects take priority with their details, demands and deadlines. 

We are currently reworking the Lou Quallenberg Studios website and appreciate any input, suggestions and words of encouragement you feel like sharing.  Staying relevant in this wireless, web worked, world  is exhausting. 

We recently created these new mesquite media buttons to link to our social media sites  on the website and print on our marketing materials. Perhaps the first mesquite versions?!

facebook: Lou Quallenberg & Mesquite Furniture
Linkedin: Lou Quallenberg
YouTube: LouQart
twitter: quallenberg


rss feed Blogger Mesquite Musings
Blogger Blog Mesquite Musings

As we gear up for the busy Fall Winter season we have several projects filling the schedule. I apologize if we have dropped the ball connecting with you whether you are  a client, artist or friend. The demands of family are currently a huge priority. 

Due to my crazy health situation I am no longer working at Jamail's in Horseshoe Bay.  It is so frustrating when your body won't cooperate with your head and heart.....

Below is the Press Release for the 2012 Texas Furniture Makers Show® in Kerrville. if you are a furniture maker residing in Texas you can find the Call for Entries and application on their website here.  We encourage you to  enter, the more the merrier.  

We enjoy participating in the Texas Furniture Makers Show each year and are always blown away by the talent that fills the Galleries at the Kerr Arts & Cultural Center with beautiful furniture pieces. 

Last year Lou was so busy he did not have time to make a new piece for the show. We hope that will not be the case again this year but he needs to get cracking because the clock is certainly ticking.....
2012 Texas Furniture Makers’ Show®
The thirteenth annual Texas Furniture Makers’ Show® takes place November 8 through December 8, 2012 at Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett Street, Downtown Kerrville, Texas. This juried exhibition is a statewide competition featuring handcrafted pieces by the best custom furniture makers in Texas and is co-sponsored by Woodcraft®, a national retail chain of specialty woodworking tools and equipment located in San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth.
The purpose of the Show® is to present the work of Texas furniture makers to the public in a formal gallery atmosphere, to improve the quality and skill of Texas furniture making by formal consultation and by example, and to bring national attention to the one-of-a-kind handmade works of art created by Texas furniture makers.
On display will be a myriad of tables, chairs, benches, cabinets and more, many crafted in multiple, complimenting woods and accessorized with other materials, reflecting styles as diverse as Shaker, 19th Century German, modern cedar log, and Federal.
The Presentation and Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 17th from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. This year’s judges are:
Philip C. Lowe is an award winning furniture maker, author, and founder of The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, inter-nationally known for its dedication to excellence in the art of classical woodworking techniques applied to the art of furniture design and construction. In 2005, Phil received the Cartouche Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and in 2010 he was granted the 2010 Bulfinch Award for Artisanship presented by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America. Philip will also present our Seminar on Saturday, November 17th entitled “Life Works of Philip Lowe and The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts”.
Gordon McDougal is the owner of McDougal Gallery of Fine Woodworking in San Antonio. Gordon completed a one-year apprenticeship with Jeff Green of Bucks County, PA, and attended the Marc Adams School of Woodworking where he earned a Masters Level Certificate in Woodworking.
Randy Johnson is the Editor in Chief for American Woodworker and Woodwork magazines in Eagan, MN. Randy studied art and industrial arts education at the U. of Wisconsin-River Falls and later received a Master’s degree in Industrial Technology Education from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, with an emphasis in furniture construction and design. Prior to joining the media world, Randy owned a custom furniture business specializing in the designing and building of custom furniture.
Kerr Arts and Cultural Center is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information or to obtain an Entry form call  830-895-2911  or  visit  www.texasfurnituremakersshow.com.