Kukstis Woodcarving

American Made Since 2002

Paul Kukstis

Scituate, Massachusetts
Located in a small New England coastal village, Kukstis Woodcarving epitomizes and honors the culture of the pride of hand craftsmanship.

Tell us about your business.

Formally established in 2002, the business that is Kukstis Woodcarving has grown from the passion of local woodcarver Paul Kukstis. As has been the process for thousands of years, Paul learned his craft from a master craftsman before him and continues to pass his craft on to hundreds of students who wish to learn the art of woodcarving. Pieces of hand-carved art created by his skilled hands include quarterboard house signs, boat signs, carved business signs and patriotic eagles - all one of a kind hand carved pieces created in his studio in Scituate. The business has evolved over the past ten years growing in size and scope. Kukstis signs now cover the globe reaching from New England to New Zealand.

What makes your business stand out?

Kukstis Woodcarving carries on the tradition of the fine wood carving craftsmanship of a bygone era. All pieces are handmade with custom-made knives, chisels, and gouges, using only select pine, basswood, teak, or mahogany. Whether you are seeking a new sign for your business, a quarterboard to give your house or boat that distinct New England look, or a new number sign to spruce up your curb appeal, you will find it at Kukstis Woodcarving. Hand carved quarterboards, for example, are inspired by sailing ships from New England’s rich maritime history and are frequently found along the coast of New England. Antique hand-carved boards salvaged from historic sailing ships are highly prized and cherished antiques. The idea of gracing your home with a beautiful gilded board emblazoned with your family name evolved from this tradition, resulting in the quarterboards of today. Every carving, whether quarterboard, number sign or piece of folk art is an unique, hand-crafted work of art.

What's the best business advice you've received?

If you work your passion the quality of your work will reflect this.

Mark Your Calendar

  • Nominations
    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

    Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.

  • Judging
    June 23–Sept. 8, 2014

    Judges will select finalists throughout this period.

  • Online Voting
    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

    Vote for your favorite American makers.

  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

  • American Made Event
    Nov. 7–8, 2014

    Join us for our annual event in New York City.

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