After losing his parents to cancer, Brian Allen-Aguilar vowed to spend the remainder of his life doing solely what he loved. “Life is too short. I want to do woodwork,” he says. A self-taught craftsman, Allen-Aguilar, owner of Eagle’s Nest Artistry, approaches his carpentry organically. “I’m fascinated by the natural figure of wood. The way the grain turns, swirls, and fans out,” says Allen-Aguilar. “Most wood is either dyed or strained rather than allowing natural variations to come out.” Utilizing wood that he’s harvested either from local suppliers or a friend’s ranch in Kerrville, Allen-Aguilar works with the organic lines and blemishes of his materials, creating sleek hardwood tables with a contemporary edge.