ABOUT THE ARTIST
adam william horton
Born and raised in South Dakota, I was fortunate to observe and understand the value of a solid work ethic. As with most worthwhile adventures, my journey to this business has not been without trials and tribulations.
All of the items I design and build stem from a passion to reuse what is often discarded on the prairies and Black Hills of South Dakota. Every piece is unique and cannot be duplicated exactly, as each reclaimed post or board of lumber has its own story to tell.
Throughout my life, I have held close the values of hard work, giving back, and doing the right thing. I am certain that those of you who see such values in my work will appreciate the journey.
My story begins on the plains of South Dakota and includes years of travel around the world while serving in the US Navy. After nearly eight years in the service culminating in a tour of Iraq, I returned to the states to enroll in higher education. I attended college on both coasts, where I spearheaded new endeavors such as providing service through volunteering and directing a non-profit for my fellow veterans.
As a testament to my passion for service, I will be contributing a portion of the profits made from each item sold to a non-profit organization which provides services for veterans in need. No one “makes it” in this world alone and I intend to continue to be there for those who have sacrificed for our nation.
My great-grandfather, William Schrantz, from whom I received my middle name, was like many men of his generation--a resilient, hard working laborer who believed in building things to last. This spirit is illustrated by his construction of the family home in Western New York. I recently received a family heirloom: a hand plane used by my great- grandfather to build that very house. This plane was passed down to my grandfather, Harold Schrantz, and then to my mother, Ann Schrantz Horton. After recognizing my interest in building furniture, my mother thought sharing this special tool would inspire me.
After returning from Korea in 1953, my paternal grandfather Rayford Horton worked to raise money in order to start his own herd. He worked on several ranches in Northwest South Dakota, always looking for a simple and easily identifiable brand. He wanted a brand with no more than two irons. In 1954-55, he worked for a rancher by the name of Pete Carmichael who was located north of Faith, SD. His brand was the Teepee C.
Rayford liked the brand for its simplicity. He concluded that a Teepee Box on the right rib was a good choice due to ease of spotting in a large herd as he was looking for his stock. The brand was first registered in the 1950s with the South Dakota Brand Board and is still registered in our families’ name.