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
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.
JudgingJune 23–Sept. 8, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
Vote for your favorite American makers.
Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
Join us for our annual event in New York City.