Vaughn and Stephanie Rawson founded
The Whimsical Whittler wood carving studio in 1989 specializing in Santas, holiday
figures and other Americana inspired folk art. Known for their highly detailed work,
figures are hand carved from basswood using knives and chisels. They are painted
in muted colors and finished to reflect an aged patina. Each piece is therefore
a unique expression of the woodcarving art.
The Santa figures draw upon extensive research and collecting of antique books,
postcards and drawings. Carvings may have as many as 17 detailed carved toys on
the figure. While some of the figures are traditional in style, reflecting the artistsí
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 carvings have been selected numerous times for inclusion in the Early
American Life's annual directory of Best Crafts Person and Best Santas. Carvings have been
featured in the Early American Life Christmas issue, Midwest Living, Better Homes and Gardens
special publications and the Better Homes and Gardens Santa Claus Book 2003. Carvings were
also designed, by invitation of the White House, to hang on the official White House tree.