Rex's mission is to design and craft beautiful furniture that will fit your needs and add something to your life.
Creating heritage pieces that families will enjoy for generations is an unspoken desire of Rex. His eyes light up as he talks about designing and building a dining room suite where families gather and warm memories are created. Or crafting his own ribbonback rocker that gets passed from mother to daughter to granddaughter. The days-gone-by hope chest that holds treasures for the future.
"Working to discover what someone wants or needs, and then bringing all that together in a beautiful, functional finished product that will delight is a fulfilling purpose."
Where to see Rex's furniture
You can see some of Rex's furniture at RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas and Gremillion & Co. Fine Art in Houston, Texas.
Timber Home Living, June 2011: Features Rex White - "Woodworking wonder Rex White combines timeless craftsmanship with modern materials".
Woodworker West, March/April 2010: Features Rex's Curly Cherry Tall Desk which won First Place in Traditional Furniture at the 2009 Texas Furniture Maker Show, Kerrville, Texas.
Woodworker West, January/February 2007: Features Rex's Wenge and Cherry Campaign Desk which won Second Place, Overall in the 2006 Texas Furniture Maker Show, Kerrville, Texas.
Woodworker West, January/February 2006: Features Rex's Mahogany Pencil Post Bed which won First Place, Traditional Furniture in the 2005 Texas Furniture Maker Show, Kerrville, Texas.
Woodworker West, March/April 2005: Features Rex's Mahogany Desk with Leather Top and Ebony Cock Bead and Mahogany Chippendale Chair which won Best in Show and Walnut Chest of Drawers which won Second Place at the 2004 Texas Furniture Maker Show, Kerrville, Texas.
Texas Highways, January 2004: Rex White was featured as one of the premier artists in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Metropolitan Home, March/April 2003: Features Rex's work with Austin designer Fern Santini.
Fine Woodworking Design Book Three: Features Rex's award-winning Walnut Ribbonback Chair with Leather Upholstery.
Rex was trained at the Wendell Castle School in Scottsville, New York earning a Furniture Design and Construction degree. Wendell Castle is often credited for being the father of the furniture art movement and is a leading figure in American craft.
Rex continued honing his craft when relocating to California working in a custom cabinet shop under Boris Wolfe and later in a custom furniture shop under Stuart Welch. He was responsible for creating the plans for designs and overseeing the production process.
Rex opened his own workshop in Fredericksburg, Texas in 1986. He works with designers, architects and individuals creating custom furniture and architectural elements for homes, offices and businesses. He continues to receive many regional and national awards for his craftsmanship and designs.
Prior to Woodworking
Rex received his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama. He was commissioned into the United States Army, distinguishing himself as an Airborne Ranger. Upon discharge, Rex worked at Corning Glass Works in New York.