born on February 2, 1920 in Ganado, Texas. He worked as a rice farmer
and raised cattle. He loved the outdoors and spent as much time hunting
and fishing as he could. When he was 52, he suffered a heart attack
and had to give up farming and his active hobbies.
His brother then found an unusual rock and Lloyd took it to a rock-hound
friend. "He cut off a little piece of that rock and made a piece
of jewelry from it, and I decided I wanted a piece of that."
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Over the years,
Lloyd has created scores of rock designs that adorn the walls and fill
the display cases of his Angleton, Texas home. He never sells his work
and he doesn't accept orders, though occasionally he gives away pieces
of his artwork to friends. He creates not only commessos (intarsias),
but also sculpture and has made several unique novelty pieces. His talent
for lapidary art was as much a surprise to him as those who knew him.
He said "I've had people tell me they never thought an old hard-headed
fellow like me could come up with something that pretty". When
he started, he bought a saw and a machine to grind and polish the rocks.
Gradually he has acquired more sophisticated machinery, and his appreciation
for the natural beauty of rock has grown. "Before I started this,
I always thought rocks were pretty, but my favorite rock was any one
that would fit in a slingshot".
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Now he finds
it difficult to name a favorite stone, since he likes them all, and because
he believes no rock is too common to be appreciated. "Each one of these
is unique," he says, rolling a pebble in his palm. "There's only
one exactly like this in the entire world, and there won't ever be another
exactly like it
. When you open one of these up, you're the first person
in a million years to see it".