We had the good fortune of connecting with Garie Chavez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Garie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
At the age of 9, I already knew I have that entrepreneurial spirit by selling items at the street corner where I grew up. Fast forward to 2015, I wanted to create something very unique that would be considered functional art by repurposing wine/liquor bottles and live edge desert hardwood. My goal is for my clients to have a piece of handcrafted art they cherish, and know that it is truly one of kind and made especially for them.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Please tell us more about your art.
My creations include: live edge wood art, live edge dining table, coffee table, bar top table, front entry table, sofa table, charcuterie board, epoxy inlay, custom live edge electric guitar body, live edge guitar hanger, magnetic knife holder, magnetic firearm holder, wine and liquor bottle art, candle holders, centerpiece art, repurposed art, home décor centerpieces, wood art designs and fractal wood art. You think it, I’ll create it.
What sets you apart from others?
Patience, persistence, passion and attention to detail are the key ingredients to my work. My goal is for my clients to have a piece of art that they love, and know that it is truly one of a kind and made especially for them. None of the art I create uses CNC machine. Each item is handcrafted and made in Arizona.
What you are most proud of or excited about?
I’m most proud and excited to always giving back to the community. As a parent of a cancer survivor, I donate to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. I create live edge PCH fractal heart. The fractal art on the wood represents each child stricken with this disease, and the heart is the hope for a permanent cure.
I also donate live edge fractal art guitar hangers fractal art and part of proceeds to Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Center. A non-profit organization that has a mission to make a difference in teens’ lives by helping them meet the spiritual, economical, physical and social needs. As a musician at the age of 13, playing guitar or any musical instrument is vitally important growing up. It kept me out of
trouble, good for my soul and gave me self-confidence. I learned that in
you can accomplish anything in life if you stay committed.
Lastly, I support all the law enforcement agencies and the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association by donating live edge State of Arizona shape Centerpiece/Wall art. It’s my token of my appreciation to the men and women for their service to protect our community and state.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to Antelope Canyon then head down to the Grand Canyon. Then to Sedona and Jerome and stay the night the Enchantment resort. The next day, head back to Peoria and have dinner at Nagoya Sushi place. Lastly, go shopping at the Kierland in Scottsdale, Arizona.
In your view what are some of the most fun, interesting, exciting people, places or things to check out?
I always want to go and experience nature’s beautiful landscapes of the Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, Petrified National Forest and First Friday Art Walk in downtown Phoenix.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First of all, I thank the good Lord for giving me the talent to ability to make something unique that brings joy to my heart and to people. Secondly, I absolutely want to thank my wife, Kimberly for her love, support and encouragement everything I do. She always give advice and feedback whenever I come up with an idea to create something. I also want to thank Christina Carilla, anchor/reporter of Fox 10 Phoenix for producing a segment called Made In Arizona for my company GC Creative Works. Firman Power Equipment for filming and producing a video about my story called “Every Generator Tells A Story”. Lastly, a big shout out to my all time favorite guitar hero, Sammy Hagar for having my live edge guitar hanger fractal art.