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Weldon Merchant Portrait

Weldon Merchant

Mississippi, 1949

Photo Caption:
Courtesy Weldon Merchant.

Luce Artist Quote

“Being raised in a rural environment where so many things must be made or repaired gave me a good basis for my life as a craftsman.” Weldon Merchant, Craft Multiples, 1975

Luce Artist Biography

Weldon Merchant grew up in rural Mississippi, where he learned to carve from his father. He also helped out the local blacksmith and whittled by the fire on winter nights. He is an historian and Indian records researcher, and raises Chickasaw horses (now called Spanish mustangs) and Texas longhorns. In 1976, Merchant was named an honorary Texas Ranger.