Lou Quallenberg's Sculptural Mesquite Table WINS Best Texas Style & The WOOODCRAFT Award @ TFM Show
New Jersey's Lou Quallenberg once again WINS the Best TEXAS Style Award in the 13th Annual Texas Furniture Makers Show. Quallenberg's Sculptural Mesquite Table "Drift" also claimed the WOOODCRAFT® Award as it stretched the meaning of "Texas Style".
The Thirteenth Annual Texas Furniture Makers® Show located in Kerrville, Texas held it's Reception and Award Ceremony Saturday night November 17, 2012. Now in its 13th year, the Furniture Makers Show continues to be the foremost exhibition of Furniture Makers in Texas. It is an honor to be juried and accepted to exhibit at the Texas Furniture Makers Show featuring over 40 of Texas's finest Furniture makers, craftsmen and designers working with wood, metal, textiles, glass and more. “This annual juried show features the best furniture makers in Texas”, according to show Chairman Larry Moss. “This event is one of the highlights of the year for Texas furniture makers and their followers. People who love one-of-a-kind finely crafted furniture come from literally every corner of the country every year to see what Texas artists have created. This year’s show features pieces by many of our past winners plus work by some exciting new artists.”
Debbie Minns, KACC Executive Director notes “This show is our premier event of the year. You won’t find any “Cedar Log” furniture here – this show is all about the finest woods, the most exquisite design, and the highest levels of craftsmanship. While the show will be up for a month, from November 8th through December 8th, many of the finest pieces sell early, even before the awards are announced, so we encourage anyone looking for that special piece of hand-crafted furniture for their home to visit Kerrville early and avoid being disappointed by seeing a red dot on the piece they fall in love with.”The Texas artists will have their work on display for the expected 5,000 visitors, collectors, and design professionals attending the show that began November 8, 2012 and goes through December 8, 2012 at the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center 228 Earl Garrett Street in Kerrville, Texas.
Lou Quallenberg of Llano, Texas created the stunning, sculpted and live edge mesquite coffee table that won both the Texas Style Category and the WOOODCRAFT® Award. This new concept piece for the artist represents an evolution in his distinct design style. The piece combines and incorporates his signature, sculpted, live-edge style with a more sculptural, art piece, edge slab. This Texas mesquite coffee table features the artist's signature floating top as well as a floating, sculptural, conversation piece, edge slab. The “float” is achieved atop seven stainless steel pins, welded to four steel bars that are screwed into routered grooves in the table top. The base was kept straight and simple to keep the focus on the sculptural top. A black epoxy is used to fill selected holes cracks and crevices. Lou attempts to draw the soul of the tree into each piece he creates. If you get a chance to look at and touch his work you will probably find it talking to you, maybe even singing. It is a goal Lou Quallenberg tries to reach in each of his pieces. Dimensions: 16” height x 32” width x 104” length Photos can be seen online at: https://www.facebook.com/
“Drift” is a piece that helps change the concept of Texas Style, bringing a more contemporary, refined look that would fit well in the most sophisticated, Luxury Penthouse in Dallas, Houston, Miami, New York City or London but also would belong in a Texas Hill Country style home. Lou Quallenberg has won the Best Texas Style Category in 2010 Texas Furniture Makers Show with with Curves Mesquite and Starphire® Glass Coffee Table, in 2009 with his Mesquite Partners Desk - a much more radical take on the concept of Texas Style. Lou also won the Best Texas Style Category at the 2008 Texas Furniture Makers Show with his Mesquite Sister Coffee Table created from an unusually large slab of mesquite and a much less dramatic venture off of the more rustic "Texas Style" path.
Ironically Lou Quallenberg, a born and raised “Jersey” boy, works primarily with Texas mesquite wood in an area of Texas that has become quite famous for it's mesquite smoked barbecue. Lou tries to honor each mesquite tree used to create his pieces and finds a connection with each unique piece of wood that comes through his shop. His goal is to create a piece that you want to reach out and touch. Judging from the number of hands, handprints and fingerprints on his piece this year he easily reached that goal.
Judges for this year's show included:
Philip C. Lowe is an award winning furniture maker, author, and founder of The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, internationally 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.
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.
Lou Quallenberg's Sculptural “Drift” Mesquite Coffee Table wins both the “Best Texas Style Furniture” Award and the WOODCRAFT® Award. Incorporating sculpture into the table is a new concept, creating a real treasure for generations to come and art that functions as furniture.
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