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image Hector Perales, owner of Aries Woodworks

SAN ANTONIO - There are two simple reasons why Hector Perales named his carpentry company “Aries Woodworks.” One, it starts with the letter “A,” so it comes early in any Internet search. Two, it’s his astrological sign.






    The Brownwood, TX native grew up in Mexico but came back to the States when he was 21. Perales studied carpentry at a trade school in San Marcos, then moved to San Antonio on the advice of a friend.
    After working for several wood shops, Perales decided that he wanted to implement more design and artistry than what he was doing. Thus, he formed Aries Woodworks in 2005.
    His first location was behind Splashtown. Then, Aries moved to its current shop around three years ago.
    While he’ll still get into the shop and get hands-on if the plans are too complex for his four employees, Perales spends most of his time in the office, working on new designs and blueprints.
    “Every project I need to redraw them [the plans] myself,” he said, in order to put his touch on them and make them more functional. “We are not mass production; we build custom cabinetry and fixtures.”
    Aries has done work for the three new Tiff’s Treats, the Westin Riverwalk and Hotel Contessa downtown. Perales does a lot of receptionist desks, credenzas and conference tables.
    He’s even gone as far as Dallas to the north and Houston to the east to do projects, with a stop in Austin in between. Aries will do the majority of building here and assemble the project on the actual site.
    Most of his work comes via word-of-mouth. The designers and architects with whom he’s worked often send work his way.
    The plan for the future is for Perales to someday pass Aries Woodworks on to his son, who will graduate from Texas A & M this summer with a degree in construction science.
    Aries Woodworks is a custom carpentry company in San Antonio. -dsz

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