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Texas makers take center stage

The annual Texas Furniture Makers’ Show strives to put the spotlight on the state’s furniture makers. It’s most recent show, held Oct. 27 through Dec. 2, did just that.

Leo Litto of Austin, Texas, won the Best of Show award for this tray table.

The show featured 53 pieces by 39 makers and was judged by Asa Christiana, former editor at Fine Woodworking magazine; Danny Kamerath of Mason, Texas, and Peter Kennedy of Austin, Texas.

An occasional night table, by Phillip Morley of Wimberley, Texas, won the show’s Woodcraft Sponsor’s Award.

“In keeping with our purpose to improve the craft, a seminar was held the first weekend of the show,” Teri Valentine says. “Asa Christiana’s presented ‘Build Stuff with Wood,’ in which he taught how to set up a simple shop space and how to use just a few hand-held power tools to build surprisingly stylish and fun projects.”

The show also featured a “judges critique,” which gave constructive evaluations to each furniture maker who wished to have their pieces critiqued.

The show provides a formal gallery atmosphere for the furniture makers to exhibit and sell their handcrafted accessories to the public.

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Jody Fletcher of Seguin, Texas, with his third-place ribbon.

This article originally appeared in the January 2017 issue.

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