It is 25 years since the first tables were sold in January 1988. In the beginning it required peeling freshly cut aspen poles (latillas) to be used for the table legs.
For several years The Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe bought my tables and my folk art wall décor of snakes, lizards, turtles etc.; made of wood and then painted with designs. Through the years I had ongoing accounts in Tucson and Scottsdale, Arizona; Aspen and Dillon/Breckenridge, Colorado; and the White River Trade gift shop in the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana. In time spruce poles were added as another choice for table legs.
Starting in 1997 and continuing to present the tables are sold in Taos only at Country Furnishings of Taos. Mary (the owner of CFT) is very good at meeting her customers’ shopping needs---so began farm tables with tapered legs. Also began the custom orders (the nine foot farm table for one of her customers was a little over the top). For CFT I also make crosses and mirrors, sometimes with a bit of woodcarving design added. The aspen pole legs on tables were the beginning. They live on at CFT on a writing table that Mary orders with ‘white aspen legs that are “interesting”.’
The tables I make for you to keep
Make piles of sawdust for me to sweep