A feeder legacy featuring timeless style,
the "handcrafted metal" Tejas is modeled after the original metal Texas
Hill Country hummingbird feeder, and has been produced for over 50
San Antonio KSAT 12 News - March 2016
Antonio Express News -
Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine -
Daily Times - July 1936
And "if imitation is the finest form of flattery", then we're
flattered that the Tejas has now been copied by no less than four
(4) manufacturers who extrude a plastic version of the Tejas!
Seventy (70) years ago an old timer in Kerrville, Tx -- Prentiss
Swayze -- took the notion to attach an 'old glass I.V. bottle' to a
'Scotch Tape tin' .... poke holes in the tin... fill the bottle with
sugar water, and hang it out for the hummers! Prentiss Swayze worked
for many years and retired from Kerrville's old U.S. Post Office.
He produced this original Texas style hummingbird feeder in his
spare time. Trivia... Prentiss Swayze was uncle to actor
Patrick Swayze who was fond of Kerrville where he boarded several of
his Arabian horses.
Sam Chiodo who lived in the Frio Canyon at Leakey, Tx observed this
contraption, which put an idea in his head. Sam took the idea to his
neighbor, Freddie Franks... a local genius with a lathe, and
together began to assemble an assortment of "Rube Goldberg" machines
to create the Tejas Hummingbird Feeder. Creating the Tejas involves
a twelve (12) step process... each step utilizing one of the many
"Rube Goldberg" machines designed to fashion the Tejas.
(see above video link)