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Kerrville Texas Furniture Maker's Show
The Kerrville Arts Center, Housed in the Old Post Office Designed by Ayres and AyresJr Huebinger, Assoc AIA. was recently honored by being asked to judge the Kerrville Texas Furniture Maker's Show. (ongoing until Nov. 29 so hurry out there!)
With a bachelor's of Architecture and a lifetime of handling and specifying wood for furniture and buildings, I felt fairly qualified to look at custom, hand made furniture with a critical eye.
I traveled to the thriving metropolis of the hill country, Kerrville (pop 30000) the night before to meet with my fellow judges and walk through the show space. The Arts Center is housed in the 1940's Post Office, designed by well known San Antonio architecture firm Ayres and Ayres. Having worked on many of their houses and buildings before (I was actually baptized in an Atlee Ayres designed church) I could feel Robert's hand all over this space. The white oak molding and paneling are remarkably well preserved. My fellow judges were both mature furniture makers and teachers so they understood every cut that had been made.
On the initial walk through, the quality and high level of craftsmanship was evident and very impressive. In many pieces the hours and weeks of work were clearly evident. The casual observer would find the lines or colors striking, the design pleasing or not, but I had a job to do. I had to put aside my personal preferences ( now where in the house could I squeeze in that super cool multi wood bent bench?!) and evaluate the craftsmanship and finish first, then the design aspects. While I appreciated the pair of side tables and lamps that clearly belonged on the set of the new Austin Powers movie for their fun factor, did the hand work match up to it's competitors?
The next morning we returned for the hard work. We went piece by piece and debated how much work was evident and how well executed each piece was. Did the finish help or hurt the piece? (in many cases the finish really knocked a piece down a few notches) How much time had been spent on the piece? We had no names but only a brief written description of each piece to guide us. Sometimes the description told a story that was not easily evident in the piece. What appeared to be plywood, was actually hand sliced and laid out veneer! A wood that was a mystery to the other two judges (but I had seen a few times before) turned out to be Chinaberry, an imported landscape tree from Asia that few people love. The more we debated, the more difficult the work turned out to be.
To find out the winners, you'll just have to come back for the next blog post!
White Oak Details by the Firm of Ayres and Ayres Multi-Colored Woods Showing Off their Natural Beauty Austin Power's Bedroom Furniture Dangerous Furniture (Or is it Art?) How did He DO that? Stipple Carved Texas Mesquite Bench Chinaberry wood table
Posted by JR Huebinger on 17th November, 2014 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
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