Where did you grow up?
I was born in Houston, TX, but my family quickly relocated to New Orleans after I came along. From there we moved around a bit more, finally nestling back in Houston just in time for my adolescence.
What brought you to Austin?
I originally moved to Austin for school, but ended up staying for reasons that are a little more precious. The people I’ve grown close to here and the diverse & natural landscapes that surround me are things that I’m not ready to give up quite yet. Now I live just outside of Austin on a three-acre plot.
What do you do for a living?
I’m a woodworker. I design and build furniture under the name KKDW.
How did you get started?
I started out building quilt boxes for Maura Ambrose of Folk Fibers. Having that experience right off the bat gave me the opportunity to refine my craft in a way that opened up lots of different avenues for woodworking, and I quickly became infatuated with larger furniture projects, like credenzas, desks, tables, and cabinets. I’ve been building full-time for almost a year now.
What’s your favorite thing about your neighborhood?
The space. Living out in the sticks opens things up landscape-wise in a beautiful way and also gives my mind the freedom to think and have dreams as big as Texas; it feels like a literal breath of fresh air to be surrounded by beautiful farms and ranches every day.
What’s the last treasure you found?
I discovered a black pit bull mix under our back porch a couple months ago. He was in rough shape, but his health slowly improved and we started to see his amazingly goofy personality. I named him Bob, and he was recently adopted by a good friend of mine. Bob’s a real treasure, for sure.
If you were going to eat your last meal in Austin, where and what would you eat?
Margaritas and chicken fajitas at Polvo’s. Then an entire pizza from East Side Pie. A cheeseburger at Contigo for dessert. Yep.
If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?
I once had a dream that I was invited to the White House and shown a secret room where the dogs of every US president lived together in beautiful harmony. I think about that dream all the time, and yes I would really, really love to have a sleepover with those guys.
If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?
Man oh man, this is a tough one. “What Is Life ” by George Harrison.
What does Austin need that it doesn’t have now?
Across the board, Austin needs more robust public transportation solutions that can accommodate its residents.