Robert Lock Studio/Tequila Buffet

American Made Since 2004

Robert Lock

candler, North Carolina
Woodworker Robert Lock imagines himself heels up on a sandy Caribbean beach toasting shots of Patron served on his creation, the TEQUILA BUFFET.
North Carolina

Tell us about your business.

The platter is handcrafted from beams of wormy chestnut salvaged from dismantled barns and homes of the southern Appalachians. Tiny holes bored by insects are common in the milled lumber of American chestnut “I love the process of turning rough lumber into something beautiful,” says Lock. “I’m always amazed at what can be done with something so ordinary.”

What makes your business stand out?

TEQUILA BUFFET is an affordable home furnishing gift or wedding present. “What makes it unique is that there’s a level of design that brings it into the realm of art.”

What's the best business advice you've received?

"the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them".

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  • Nominations
    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

    Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.

  • Judging
    June 23–Sept. 8, 2014

    Judges will select finalists throughout this period.

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    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

    Vote for your favorite American makers.

  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

  • American Made Event
    Nov. 7–8, 2014

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