Celebrating the talents and history of local artisans, in partnership with the Travis County Historical Commission, a special exhibit entitled “Handcrafted” opens in November. It will highlight a month-long showcase of Central Texas craftsmen and women at Pioneer Farms.

  The display features work by noted Austin photographer Jennifer Klanika, focusing on the following Austin-area craftspeople. The exhibit will be shown in our Tate House Gallery.

  Artisans featured in the exhibit will appear at Pioneer Farms on the dates indicated to demonstrate their craft and to answer questions about how and why they do what they do. This will be a unique experience for families and Austinites.

·       Mandolin builder (luthier) Tom Ellis of Austin’s Ellis Mandolins (Sunday, Nov. 7 and 15)

·       Clock maker (horologist) Jay Holloway of Holloway Trading in Pflugerville (Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7 and 8)

·       Bootmaker Lee Miller of Texas Traditions Custom Handmade Boots in Austin (Sunday, Nov. 8)

·       Saddle maker Skeeter Sprinkles of Skeeter’s Saddle House in Manor (Saturday, Nov. 14)

·       Blacksmiths Tiger and Erin Flores of Elgin’s Earthen Metals (Saturday, Nov. 21)

·       Tintype photographer Adrian Whipp of Lumiere Tintype Photo Booth in Austin.

·       Bookbinder Mychal Mitchell of Iona Handcrafted Books in Austin.

  Their exacting handcrafted techniques are the same as were in use during the 1800s in Texas, with only minor salutes to the 21st century. Some Old Texas trades are taught in classes and workshops in our Pioneer School program.

  The exhibit will be open through next May, and can be seen any day Pioneer Farms is open. Regular admission will apply.