Kerr Arts & Cultural Center Hosting 16th Annual Texas Furniture Makers’ Show & Antique Tool Collection Exhibit

Work by the top furniture makers from Texas who have been juried into the prestigious Sixteenth Annual Texas Furniture Makers’ Show, presented by Woodcraft® will be on display at the Kerr Arts & Cultural Center in Kerrville, Texas from October 29th through November 28th, 2015. Judges for this year were Brent Catterton of Boerne, Wendy Rosen of Baltimore, Maryland and Judson Beaumont of Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Larry Moss of Kerrville, Chairman of the 2015 Show, notes that the annual show is always exciting. “ In addition to spectacular sales opportunities, valuable cash and merchandise prizes will be awarded to top entries in a wide range of categories.”

In all, forty-three woodworkers will show their creations in the following categories:

  • Contemporary Style – Clean, sleek, modern, smooth with very little decoration, functional (Example: Scandinavian style).  Material can be wood, glass plastic, composite – almost anything.
  • Traditional Style – Interpreted reproductions, adapted reproductions of historical styles such as Chippendale, Queen Anne, Shaker, Arts & Crafts, and anything identifiable as a past period style.
  • Texas Style – May be rustic – may include wood, stone, iron, bone, leather – evokes the “Texas life style”.
  • Art Style – May be playful, humorous and may or may not be functional.
  • Apprentice – An Apprentice Furniture Maker has been making furniture for less than three years, has not made furniture for sale, and has not received awards for furniture making nor entered furniture exhibits or competitions.

The reception and awards ceremony for this prestigious event will be held at KACC on Saturday, November 7th from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. As always, delicious complementary food and beverages will be served and the event is open to the public.

A very special RSVP seminar will precede the awards ceremony this year. From 2:00 to 4:30 PM two of this year’s judges will each offer their insights in an in-depth seminar. The topics will be “The Changing Economy Of Art & Décor” by Wendy Rosen, and “Furniture Design” by Judson Beaumont. Tickets are $20, and reservations are a must. Reservations can be made by contacting Teri Valentine either by calling 830-895-2911 or by emailing her at Reservations can also be made online at the KACC website.






2014 Best of Show by Robert Galusha, Austin











Barry Bradley, Fredericksburg








Lou Quallenberg, Llano copy




Lou Quallenberg, Llano




From the moment an artist takes tools in hand to execute their vision, natural materials are on the way to being transformed into a work of art. In early November Kerr Arts & Cultural Center is offering visitors a rare opportunity to see and touch tools used by artists working as long ago as the Bronze Age, alongside dozens of beautifully executed contemporary visions by Texas’ premier furniture makers. You will not want to miss this highly unusual event!

The 16th Annual Texas Furniture Maker’s Show will be on display at KACC through November 28th, featuring works by over 40 of the finest furniture makers from Texas. The public reception and awards ceremony for the Furniture Show will be held on Saturday, November 7th from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. Food and refreshments will be served, and visitors will have the opportunity to meet and talk with many of the furniture makers.

Contemporaneously, a six day presentation of beautiful early European hand tools will also be on display from November 3rd through November 10th in ‘Sue’s Studio’ at the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center. Religious symbols, punch carving and incised carving give these tools a very personal appeal not only to their creator but also to the observer. The shape or form of many of these tools has symbolic relevance, often mythological or religious but sometimes simply whimsical and humorous. The tools on display range from the late Bronze Age, the Roman Era, the Viking Period, and the Middle Ages. Many of the tools, except for the most rare and fragile ones, can be touched and handled by visitors with Jim Goodson available for questions.

This will be the fifth year that this rare and unusual exhibit by Jim Goodson will be shared with Furniture Show visitors. Each year the focus of the tool exhibit changes somewhat but always highlights the application of folk art as applied to hand tools from the 17th into the mid 19th centuries. These early pieces are hand carved, often dated and decorated elaborately in form or on their exterior surfaces.


Tool Inventory




Tool Collection






Lovely German rigid backed saw (2)



Lovely German rigid backed saw






carved jointer planes




carved jointer planes










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