Brenham, Texas, may be best known for Blue Bell Ice Cream, but the discovery of Santa’s workshop in the garage of a Kruse Village resident is also putting the picturesque little town on the map these days. A story about Art Hinners, an 87-year-old resident at the Kruse Village retirement community in Brenham, landed on the front page of the Brenham Banner-Press on a recent Sunday.
Art began making wooden toys for children about six years ago. Lutheran Social Services children’s ministries are one beneficiary of the handmade cars, trucks, and tractors. Art has been a woodworker all his life and purchased his first lathe at the age of 12. Now a retired engineer, Art had worked for over 30 years with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and NASA, on everything from Mercury to the space shuttle missions. After retiring, he and his wife picked Kruse Village as their next home because it’s half way between their sons in Austin and Clear Lake … and a big plus, Kruse has a woodworking shop.
Friends keep Art supplied with scrap wood for his toys, and this time of year the sawdust really flies. He sands the wood in his garage, then drills holds at the Kruse woodshop, and then back to the garage to add wheels and axles. Now Art produces (hold onto your hats) between 1,200 and 2,000 toys each year! Art’s talents and generosity are greatly appreciated by everyone at LSS. Thank you Art Hinners, for making Christmas merrier for so many children!