When I asked him what made him start to do bowls, Andy describes his love of nature as a big reason. He says that there are only three people in Questa who know how to do the bowls. One of these folks is Andy’s friend, so he taught Andy.
He says he “likes doing them, but the burls are getting harder and harder to find.” He has two locations where he goes to find the burls, two secret locations.
This is not the only form of craft that Andy does. His home is full of what he call “Artifacts.” There are arrowheads, knives, Indian cradleboards, bows and arrows, and decorated animal skulls. There are also beaded necklaces, dreamcatchers, and stone-headed war clubs. Andy has made them all.
Andy is from Antonito, Colorado. He lived in Wyoming for a bit, then moved to San Luis, Colorado. There Andy raised his family. They all graduated through the San Luis school system. He is a retired security guard from the Chevron mine and has lived in Questa for 12 years.
If you are interested in getting one of Andy’s bowls or in seeing his created “Artifacts,” give him a call. His warm smile and firm handshake will always welcome you.