Carved Santas Halloween Folk Art Uncle Sam Carvings
Vaughn and Stephanie Rawson founded The Whimsical Whittler studio in 1989 specializing in hand carved Santas, Halloween folk art, and Uncle Sam wood carvings. Known for their highly detailed work, each figure is hand carved from basswood using knives and chisels, and is painted in muted colors and finished to reflect an aged patina.
The folk art wood carvings draw upon extensive research and collecting of antique books, postcards and drawings. The hand carved Santas may have as many as 20 detailed carved toys on the figure. While some of the Santa carvings are traditional in style, reflecting the Rawson's interpretations of the various cultural influences on the American Christmas, others are purely whimsical in nature hoping to bring a smile to the viewer. Many are limited editions and one-of-a-kind work is available.
The Whimsical Whittler folk art carvings have been selected numerous times for inclusion in the Early American Life’s annual Holiday directory of Best Craftsmen. The folk art carvings have been featured in the Early American Life Christmas issue, Midwest Living, A primitive Place Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens special publications and the Better Homes and Gardens Santa Claus Book. Carvings were also designed, by invitation of the White House, to hang on the official White House tree.
New Halloween designs added!