"Other states were carved or born, Texas grew from hide & horn."
These are the opening lines to the poem "Cattle," penned circa 1932 by Texas poet Berta Hart Nance.
In 1941, in The Longhorns, J. Frank Dobie said “The map of Texas looks somewhat like a roughly skinned cowhide spread out on the ground, the tail represented by the tapering peninsula at the mouth of the Rio Grande, the broad head by the Panhandle. But ‘Cattle,’ by Berta Hart Nance, goes deeper than the map.”
Ain't that the truth?
We've had the opening lines of Berta's poem branded on a 5 by 20 inch plank of cherry. Why cherry and not native pecan, you ask? Because the dark striations that occur in pecan make it a hell of a wood for furniture, but lousy for engraving.
It's ready to hang with the keyhole hanger on the back, but is thick enough that it sits just fine on a mantel, desk or countertop. Designed here in South Texas, made just for Semper Texas by a veteran cabinetmaker.