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Recent photo with new look (2010).

ROBERT FERRÉ

This biography, like the rest of the website, is in first person because I am my own webmaster, having written almost all of what you will read on this site. During the past 50+ years I have had a twin career stream, making my living either as a craftsman or in some entrepreneurial enterprise, mostly in the real estate field. The latter included land development, brokerage, home-building, management, investment, and renovation. Hence, I have always used my hands and greatly love properly working and well-maintained tools. Looking back, it seems as if all of my previous life experience was preparation for founding and operating Labyrinth Enterprises. In July of 2011, several important changes occurred. I reorganized of the business for my retirement, closing the studio in St. Louis, MO, and moving to San Antonio, TX. My wife Linda Ricketts and I live in a lovely retirement center called Blue Skies of Texas West.

Craftsman
In the 1970s I made wire jewelry and sold it on Guadalupe Street in Austin, Texas, and in craft shows nationwide. Subsequently, I worked for a harpsichord maker (Richard Kingston), starting with a pile of lumber and ending up with a beautiful musical instrument (mostly two-manual versions based on an historical instrument built by Pascal Taskin in the 18th century). Since 1996, I have made my living as a full-time labyrinth maker and president of Labyrinth Enterprises, LLC. As Sears doesn't seem to have Craftsman labyrinth tools, it was necessary to design and build our own tools. From that, we introduced new materials and techniques to make labyrinths, especially relating to concrete.

Author
Since there was little information about labyrinths when I first began this work, I wrote a number of books and manuals. Formerly available on our website, I am in the process of reissuing them. I have also had the privilege to write the introductions to several labyrinth books published by other authors. I hope to write the ultimate labyrinth instruction book, based on my 23 years of experience. Meanwhile, my book Cruise of the Heart has been published. See www.cruiseoftheheart.com. Also a history of the labyrinth movement, The Labyrinth Revival.

Editor
In 1996 I wrote to Prestel, the German publisher of the world's greatest labyrinth compendium, asking if I could have it translated into English. Written by Hermann Kern in 1982, it was available only in German. Besides raising money for the cost of the translation, I served along with Jeff Saward as co-editor for the new English edition (Through the Labyrinth). It took several years of work, but the end result made it all well worth the effort. It is now out of print. If you ever see one for sale, snap it up.

Labyrinth Society
In 1997 and 1998 I organized labyrinth conferences in St. Louis which led to the founding of the Labyrinth Society (see www.labyrinthsociety.org). This international organization continues to grow and serve those who work with labyrinths. I served in a number of capacities but have now stepped aside for the next "generation" of leaders. I was a presenter or keynote speaker at all of the national gatherings from1999 through 2009. Some of these talks are included on this website under the articles section.

Conducting Trainings
I no longer do trainings. Please consult www.veriditas.org.

Consulting and Design
I find it very rewarding to share my knowledge with those who desire to have a labyrinth. Consulting and design are two ways that I do this, drawing on my 16 years of experience.

Denison University
Article on me in Denison Magazine, the alumni publication of my alma matter: Robert

Contact me:
robert@labyrinth-enterprises.com

 

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