According to Community Coffee Company’s quality assurance technician, Henry Watson, the 100+ year-old cypress wood boards he uses for his art have a lot of history to share. While a normal day for Henry at our Port Allen Manufacturing Facility includes testing and inspecting Community® products to ensure a great tasting cup, his other waking hours are spent in his workshop. Ask anyone around and they will tell you he does it all with an infectious smile on his face.
Henry grew up in the small community of Valverda, La., where he spent many afternoons with his blind grandmother. They would ride around the back roads of Louisiana and Henry would be her eyes, describing everything he saw as best he could. It was because of her that Henry says he was truly able to see and why he became an artist. He set out to create artwork that would allow his grandmother to see not with her eyes, but with her hands.
Henry was 15 when he began carving wood and has been using a chisel and mallet to create three dimensional works of art that tell the story and history of Louisiana ever since.
Henry now works on his pieces in his wood carving studio located next to Parlange Plantation on False River in Livonia. His work not only hangs in the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion, but his portrait of Pope John Paul II is on display in the Vatican and other works also have traveled worldwide.
We are so impressed with his talent and look forward to seeing his future creations. Visit his website to see more of his impressive art work.