We had the good fortune of connecting with Trevor Camp and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Trevor, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Growing up in the Texas Hill Country and spending all my time outdoors I’ve always felt a strong connection with the natural world around me. From a young age I’ve known that this area is very special and to be able to find something that I’m passionate about and provide a way of life for myself was going to be a challenge, but greatly rewarding. I’ve always been intrigued with the natural beauty of this landscape and knew that several our native hardwood tree species have the potential to produce beautiful furniture or works of art. I started pursuing woodworking as a hobby and quickly went all in and became full time and started creating my small woodworking business. It’s very fulfilling for me to give a fallen down tree a second life and help showcase the beauty of this area I grew up in.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Being a woodworker, I take great pride in processing exclusively dead or previously fallen trees. Truly giving them a second life and creating something beautiful that will last generations to follow. I grew up on a family ranch where I source most of my materials from, which gives me great satisfaction and adds to the story of each and every individual piece that I create from start to finish. When working with a natural material there’s many challenges that come into play such as the elements for example. I love how in this line of work there’s endless room for growth with different skills and knowledge, through hard work and experience I’m very confident in what I’m producing currently, but also able to observe myself growing and improving at the same time which is exciting.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Being far from any cities, the best thing to enjoy here is the outdoors. This area has the headwaters of several pristine rivers so I’d spend lots of time towards doing various activities incorporating our clean, clear rivers, whether it be a kayak trip or fly fishing or just some relaxation on top of the water in an inner tube. The two beautiful state parks in the area (Lost Maples State Natural Area & Garner State Park) offer all kinds of outdoor recreation. We’re only 60 miles from Fredericksburg so day trips are easy to go visit some of the many vineries, great restaurants, and art galleries. Catch some live music at the newly revamped Arcadia in Kerrville or enjoy some delicious food at a beautiful farm to table restaurant called Bridget’s Basket in Hunt, Tx just right down the road.
Our night skies are excellent here so if the moon isn’t too bright, there’s some great stargazing and astrophotography opportunities here. Many warm and inviting small town communities in this area with lots to do in this area.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to give several shoutouts. First being my father, since I was a kid he taught me all about the outdoors and planted the seed to appreciate the natural world around us, along with pointing out all the fallen trees that could potentially be made into something nice otherwise they’ll eventually rot away. My friends and family have all been incredibly supportive through this entire process of me following my creative passion.
Also I’d like to recognize the entire woodworking community online and locally, these people are all so helpful and supportive.