The Texas Mesquite Association was established in 1992 by forty lumbermill operators, fine crafters and furniture makers who had an interest in Texas' own exotic hardwood, the pesky mesquite. That fall, a gathering of 60 plus woodworkers met in Uvalde at Bill & Robert Hensarling's workshop for a tour and barbecue.
October 1993 brought a change of venue to Fredericksburg, Texas. There the group held the first annual Texas Mesquite Arts Festival.
The Texas Mesquite Arts Festival, continues to showcase great and talented works in mesquite wood.