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Bladesmith Cowboy Szymanski Forged His Own Life

As owner and bladesmith at Phenix Knives in Bellville, Cowboy Szymanski has forged his own life. “Life is how you live it—and as extreme as you want it to be,” said Cowboy, who is the sole proprietor in a blacksmith shop that has been…

Shooting the Breeze with Derrill Osborn

Lorie and I caught up with Derrill Osborn, former globe-trotting fashion exec for Neiman Marcus, and Benny Hinkle III, owner of Dallas-based Benny Jack’s Antiques, on the first day of Big Red Barn's show in the spring. We pulled up red…

Wiley Boenhke: Winemaker

Wiley Boehnke's winemaking skills aren’t a generational legacy passed from Boehnke to Boehnke. In fact, neither Wiley nor his wife Angeline, who make their home in Flatonia, drink wine. Wiley knows how to make wine because he likes to “know…

Rohan Meadery: A Honey of a Winery

John and Wendy Rohan are busy as bees operating Blissful Folly Farm, home to their honey-based winery Rohan Meadery—and their family. “We both have full-time jobs that we enjoy, but Blissful Folly Farm is our full-time passion,” said…

Wiley Boehnke: Wine-making Jack of All Trades

I expected Wiley Boehnke of Flatonia to be a skilled homemade winemaker, which he is. As such, I didn’t expect him to immediately hand me a business card, but he did. It read:  “Wiley Boehnke—Jack of All Trades and Master of Some” The…

Friends with Words, German Grandparents

My ancestors are Anglo-Saxon with some Viking of the Danish variety thrown in. The latter’s presence in my genome explains my propensity for third-degree sunburns and horned headgear as well my bent toward marauding. My genes made me a…

Junk Gypsies: Small Town. Big Dreams.

Junk Gypsies: Small Town. Big Dreams. Janie Sikes taught her daughters, Amie and Jolie, that population signs just designate city limits; they don’t dictate the size of dreams. “You don’t have to live in a big city to have a big dream,”…