One Tree Woodwork

Custom woodworking and art

Hemingway taught me how to fish……….and how to drink……..


More specifically Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea taught me about the passion of being a fisherman it was one of the first fishing books I read as a youth. I have wanted to go deep-sea fishing ever since I have not had the chance to yet but its on the list. The ocean has always been the worlds last great frontier no fences and more space than can ever be fully discovered by man. Which to me has always been comforting  that maybe everything hasn’t been discovered yet and all you need is a small boat,fishing line and some bait and you too can write your own adventure. Marine biologist continue to make deep-sea discoveries of fish that were unknown to exist and yet they do. Just imagine there are things out there that exist even when we havent yet proclaimed that they do. Imagine that. Have I ever told you the story of me and a cute collegiate soccer player at Texas A&M and the fantastic adventures I had as a young marine biologist. Hey what can I say I was young and full of shit. Some say I still am.

The carving below is a dolphin fish also know as the Mahi-Mahi. As beautiful as they are delicious. Carved from western cedar and custom painted with acrylics and finished with clear gloss enamel for sheen and longevity.




“If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good, and the very gentle, and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too, but there will be no special hurry.”
 Ernest Hemingway quote

Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
Ernest Hemingway








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This entry was posted on July 31, 2011 by in Carvings.


Dad and I built this house in 2011 on a stone outcropping overlooking Lake Somerville. It was just published in the Luxe Life - Houston Chronicle. How you like them apples!

#artisanbuilders#artisanbuilt#customhomes#homebuilders#txbuilders#builditandtheywillcome#houstonchronicle #luxelife Saturday at the lake.

#lakesomerville#welchpark#flyfishing#kayaking #txkayakfishing #getoutside#outsidefamily #takeakidfishing #fish#bethewater Sunday night.Smoked pork butt.Buffalo nickel camp knife. All is well. Happy Valentine’s! Get in where you fit in. I am home. Love - T Rowan who will be turning 9 years old tomorrow received a lego v-dub at his birthday party yesterday. Obsessed with building it from the moment he opened it. This morning my wife goes into his room at 4:45 he has his lap top open,tv on and he is midway through bag 2. He looks up with the eyes of an obsessed builder,a look she has seen many times from (me). With no help from anybody he finished the obsession.... I mean project just before noon. Never got angry or frustrated but most importantly seemed to enjoy the process. A project for 16 year olds and older 1,167 pieces later. He’s grown so much in the last year....which gives me hope maybe it’s not too late for me to grow as well. Determination and obsession can be a very productive duo just don’t forget to enjoy the ride. @lego .
#dadlife TGIF friends!! Still toying with different color combinations for the official Artisan Builders cap. This combo is pretty sweet but I’m going to have a few other color combos made to compare. What do y’all think? Cheers.

#artisanbuilders#customhomes#artisanbuilt#homebuilders#branding#tgif#swag#buildit#builditandtheywillcome Grow your own. Dinner is shaping up!

#victorygarden#growyourown#brussellsprouts#backyardgarden #brenham Saturday expedition. Lake Somerville. 2018.
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