Recent photo with new look (2010).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
I no longer do trainings. Please consult www.veriditas.org.
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.
Article on me in Denison Magazine, the alumni
publication of my alma matter: Robert