Cres and Denise Delagarza
of Delagarza Woodwork, Brazoria, TX
If you live in Texas and are handy with a saw, hammer, nails (these days, electric drill and screws), you build things for the home, patio and yard, replete with the look of a Texan ranch or farm house and studded with Texan icons.
Two such woodworking artisans are Cres and Denise Delagarza. Together they turn old privacy fences into yard art, home accessories, and rustic furniture. Mostly, the woods used are cedar or mesquite. The designs they often make are based on 1920's and 1930's farmhouse furniture. The Depression Era farmhouse styles were studied by both Cres and Denise, who creatively add touches of their own here and there.
|8 Delagarza Products: bench, table, |
Red Neck Bird Bath,
Paper towel holders,
2 Texas "flags",
octagon sign and birdhouse
Many a weekend finds the Delagarza's at a craft show or exhibit somewhere in south-central or southeast Texas. Their most popular sellers are the Red Neck Birdbath, a fun item for the yard pictured here with other accessories; octagon plaques studded with Texan icons, and the iconic Texas "flag" made from picket fence posts. Rarely they will locate an antique bedpan from which they make a banjo that sells quickly.
Being Texan artisans, they make crosses. Being religious, Cres wanted me to share that all crosses are made reverently out of the prettiest parts of the wood they have on hand, mostly cedar. These crosses are sanded down so that the weathered surface is removed. The crosses are left unadorned so that there is no interference with the spirituality of expression that is the cross itself. The wood base can be spread like a support for the cross, usually in a design created by Denise according to the flow of the wood's grain. You can see examples of the crosses sitting on the hutch, another popular item, pictured here.
Other items they make for the craft shows include a birdhouse planter, coolers, plant stands, bars, stools, benches, tables, boxes, vegetable bins, trashcans, and more. Once a hobby for Cres to make and show items at craft fairs, woodworking is now a post-retirement business that is becoming more and more successful for this couple of proud Americans who are both bilingual, having each descended from Mexican immigrants several generations back.
|hutch and 4 cedar crosses|
|votive candle holder, TX flair|
How does one Decide what to Create and Build?
I asked about the creative process and concluded from the discussion that each member of this husband-and-wife team has equal input, equal critique, and equal negotiation powers. Neither lets a design be completed until each has accepted the final result of any negotiation, although Denise feels she has the power to decide the outcome. Cres does the major part of the building, though, so he has a definite hand in the look of the finished project. Isn't that the balance in most partnerships?
Need something special? The Delagarza's will craft an item just for you. Tell them what you need, provide or request a special wood, show them a design. Chances are they can make what you want for you. They welcome custom orders.
|The Delagarza's in their home studio hard at work|
Get Delagarza's Woodwork for your Home, Porch, and Yard
Mertie's This and That is proud to carry a few of the Delagarza Woodwork items. An octagon table with benches, a planting table which is perfectly suited for an entry table, and more. These particular items were made at Mertie's request and have additional structural features that she felt would strengthen their appeal. In these 2 cases, the deer horns are sold separately!
Delagarza Woodwork supplies other items to other merchants in the area. However, he places different items with different merchants. If you want to locate items, ask Mertie to get you in touch with some of those other stores or with Cres and Denise of Delagarza Woodwork, located in Brazoria, TX. Or call Cres and Denise at (979)248-8323.
And, if you have a porcelain or metal bedpan (cleaned, of course!--just teasing) that you no longer want, bring it by to see if it is suitable to use in making a Red Neck Banjo. The one below has already been sold at a craft show.