Bert is a bird-watcher who’s come to Key West for Sooty Tern nesting season in the Dry Tortugas. He is with Peggy, his wife, who doesn’t like bird-watching but likes watching Bert bird-watch. At this particular moment, it’s Bert who’s watching Peggy, emerging from the fitting room at Tucker’s Provisions in a fantastic dress. Bert can hardly contain himself. He’s like the male frigate in mating season––known for a ridiculous pumping of chest and a desperate whistle. A sound escapes Bert’s lips, and Peggy smiles at him coyly. Bert shifts forward in the glider chair where he sits, drinking his complimentary beer. Between the Sooty Terns and Peggy’s dress, he is about to have the best weekend ever. It happened at Tucker’s, 611 Duval St
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We recently took a trip out to Stock Island to visit renowned wood artist Kasidy Fritts of Washed Up Key West.
How did you get started and what inspired you to blend local tropical hardwoods to create such stunning pieces?
You could say I was raised in a woodshop. When I was a kid in Pennsylvania my mom and dad converted an old barn out back into their own woodshop and they made a lot of small farmhouse-style trinkets and decorations. Fast forward to 2013 shortly after my first daughter was born I made my wife a table as a thank you and realized I really liked doing it.