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April 30, 2018


Jon Welborn did not take a direct path to full-time wood artist. Before he did, the Texas native worked as a funeral director, math teacher, cabinet maker — and chicken farmer.

The artist & background: Welborn graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a forestry degree, a good fit, he thought for someone who liked the outdoors and hunting. Welborn started building cabinets and furniture part time out of college and continued to do so while holding other jobs before going full time in 2010. Welborn, who lives and works in Pittsburg, started turning in 2014.

The goods & materials: Decorative, live-edge hollow forms and vessels ($200 to $3,000). Welborn uses local found wood, including hackberry, walnut, sassafras and sycamore, showcasing flaws that give each piece character. All work is sanded to an ultra-fine grit for a smooth surface and oiled.

Claim to fame: Best in Show winner in wood at the 2018 Beaux Arts festival in Miami.

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