I photographed him in the Big Red Barn, at his stall, part of the Round Top antiques fair.
I went to the fair for the photo references, the food and the company. Didn't think I'd be buying anything.
But I fell for a contemporary piece of folk art, a walking stick crafted from a found branch and inscribed with the names and deeds of heroic/notable/infamous/outrageous Texas women.
The stick reminds me of this Ry Cooder song.
(Couldn't find a really good performance of it available on the web, but if you click on the lyrics, you can read the song.
I did find this song. Second half here. One of my favorites. Reminds me of home.)
According to Harrell, a man named Rob makes them--and other Texas topic sticks--for spending money.
The sticks have different themes, like music, women, particular Texas cities. Rob signs and dates the sticks; mine is Rob '10.
Harrell sells them out of San Antonio and they are also available in Austin, at a store on South Congress (sorry, I've misplaced the card).
The photo below is my new stick, hanging out with two Warhol umbrellas (freebies from a fun Warhol showing a few years ago). The names and deeds on the stick comprise a history of/ education in Texas, up to present day. Just a few: "Flag Maker - Sarah Bradley Dobson; Henrietta King - South Texas Rancher; Cynthia Ann Parker - captured by Comanches . . . Emily Morgan - free black 'Yellow Rose of Texas' - Santa Anna's mistress was Houston's spy . . . ."