FROM OUR ARTISANS, TO YOU
The name Bell & Oak comes from the street corners of which Clint's grandfather's Weldon's Saddle Shop sits and has been located in downtown Denton since 1957. "The art of leather craft is something so rare these days and I couldn't live knowing I let his legacy slip away without trying to make something out of it." All of the products are being made inside Weldon's using most of his grandpa's old tools that have been in his family for decades. Clint partnered with 10 Made to make exclusive leather furniture pieces. To see more of Clint's work go to www.bellandoak.com.
Resoycled candles are made in the beloved town of Denton, Texas. "All of our candles are hand-poured in small batches into recycled and reusable (mostly vintage) vessels. We use pure, clean-burning, soy wax and phthalate free oils. Our vision from the very beginning was to create one-of-a-kind items for your home, and this is something that we will hold true for years to come. The decision to use found vessels comes from our desire to create pieces that are beautiful but also sustainable. The use of a wooden wick in our candles is something that we think is really special. They crackle when lit and the sounds create a unique experience every time. It is our hope that you will continue the trend of recycling once the vessel has reached its end." Carrie partnered with 10 Made to make several exclusive candles. To see more of Carrie's work go to www.resoycledcandleco.com.
"My love for woodworking began in 7th grade in Abilene, Texas. Throughout junior high and high school wood shop remained my favorite class. I won a couple of first place ribbons at the state woodworking competition during that time. Fast forward about 30 years and I still love woodworking. For the last 8 years I have owned my own remodeling company in Argyle, Texas and have incorporated my woodworking skills into the business. We mainly specialize in custom cabinets, trim, and one-of-kind pieces built to the customer’s specifications. I have 2 sons, one in college and one still in high school that work with me part time. My youngest, James, has developed the same love and skill for woodworking that I have. He’s been building things since he was old enough to pull the trigger on the miter saw. He is helping me build the pieces for 10 Made. All the pieces are handmade and each one is unique in one way or another. We are excited to be working with 10 Made and look forward to building the custom designed pieces in their collection."
Sunita and Saroj are more than just artisans to 10 Made. This gifted married team have a heart to serve. With Sunita's extensive sewing training and experience and Saroj's steady hand creating our beautiful block printed pillows, they knew they could use their skills for good. With profits they receive for creating 10 Made textiles, they provide sewing training for impoverished women in remote villages in the tea garden region in India. Believing in sustainability, Saroj and Sunita are giving these women a skill to create income in an area where the workers are plenty and the jobs are scarce.
Kate Pastrana earned her B.F.A from The University of North Texas in Denton. Kate and her husband Julian own a woodworking business outside of Denton, TX where they design and build each piece. "The things that we are inspired by and enjoy most are evident in our design and product creation. It's important to us that we create for a purpose. Knowing that others will be able to use these pieces in their homes to create their own memorable moments is the reason we put more time and care into focusing on each detail. From the selection of the materials we use to the craftsmanship of each piece, our process allows for us to create quality heirloom products that not only will you be able to enjoy, but be able to pass down for generations to come and continue the story." To see more of Kate and Julian's work go to www.pastranastudio.com.
Erich and his son Kyle have been building together for 20 years. From pre-designed Lego® kits, to furniture that integrate wood and metal in the design, this father/son team turns creative ideas into cool furniture, but mostly they enjoy hanging out with each other while they work. Erich's passion to create quality, timeless pieces has gained him great interest in his furniture. Erich partnered with 10 Made to create several exclusive furniture pieces.
"There is something gratifying about using a material from the earth to create something solid. Working with clay centers and inspires me and makes me feel close to the earth. I see clay as part of life, so I combine form and function to make pieces that are eager to be used and appreciated. I have been fortunate enough to be able to spread my love for clay to hundreds of students for the past 8 years. Through the act of teaching, I have learned so much and believe one is never really finished being a student of their passion."
Charlie got his start by a different kind of motivator. "Being a trouble maker, my 7th grade teacher was fed up with me, told me to go home and that I wasn't going to amount to anything. I never went back to school. Determined to learn a trade and prove my teacher wrong, I went to work in my dad's shop working on tractors." With Charlie's thirst for knowledge in his trade and tenacious work ethic, he worked his way up to the race car industry setting speed records in drag racing. Charlie is a true jack of all welding trades. Now in his 59th year of welding, Charlie loves his work and new challenges. Charlie partnered with 10 Made to create several exclusive furniture pieces.