If your travels ever bring you anywhere near Bellville, Texas, you really MUST stop in to Buck Fergeson Originals. Not only is it conveniently located right in the square of Bellville, but it is well worth any distance trip. From Linens to wall hangings and from kitchen materials to the neatest furniture you will ever see, the story is as wonderful as the story behind the name...
"Buck" Fergeson spent the first 25 years of his life following his father's footsteps as a Rodeo Cowboy. In the off season he worked as a ranch hand, truck driver and oilfield roughneck. Buck was a regular man's man.
He never had any formal training in art, but he put in many hours with his sketch pad, pencil and carving knife. Buck's first love was wood carving, and with constant prodding of his friends and family, he ventured into clay, wax and bronze sculptures. He started to make sculpted jewelry out of pieces of gold and silver.
Aside from that, Buck was the proud gold card member of the Pro-Rodeo Cowboys Association, and a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. For 17 years he made the bronze sculptured trophies that were presented to the champion bull rider, steer wrestler, calf roper and barrel racer. On February 10th of 2001, Buck was honored by being inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in Belton, Texas.
After time, he and his wife JoAnn settled in Bellville, Texas where they shows and sold art in their shop on the square. Their daughter, Kerri Byler, has since introduced a few new items to the shop, such as a complete line of children's clothing, ladies' clothing, home dècor and specialty items. She even has set up a baby and bridal registry.
Since Buck's retirement as a vice president for a Houston fabricating firm, he spent most of his time in the shop or at the studio in his home. His rodeo career, along with his many and varied experiences lend themselves to the creating of the characters and situations found in most of his sculptures. When some used to ask him where an idea came from, he would admit to saying, "I've been there."
Buck's memory is in each of his pieces which are on display and available for purchase at the shop he created so many years ago. Whether you are looking for a piece of Texas history, or a piece to finish the perfect outfit, Buck Fergeson Originals will surely be the right stop.
Visit their website to see some of the wonderful collections and pieces they have to offer.