Columbia Man's Wooden Santas are Hot Commodity

8 years 1 week 1 day ago Monday, December 06 2010 Dec 6, 2010 Monday, December 06, 2010 8:51:15 AM CST December 06, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA - Kevin Begley only has a few hand-made wooden Santas left to sell before Christmas.  You won't find his creations in local stores or on a website.  He sells his Santas strictly by word of mouth.  Begley says he has no plans to mass market the Santas because it would take some of the fun out of it.  He doesn't want to see his favorite hobby become a stressful job.

Begley started making the Santas more than 25 years ago.  He said he's always been artistic.  He worked as an art teacher before becoming a principal.  He said his father, grandmother and aunt were all artistic as well so it was only natural for him to also try his hand at art.  Begley said he loves Christmas and that love sparked his interest in making the wooden Santas..

He makes many different sizes of Santas, ranging from 18 inches to four feet tall.  All of the Santas stem from the same basic design, and they all have at least 38 separate pieces. Begley starts the process by tracing a handmade stencil onto a piece of wood. He said his favorite part is the very beginning of the process, because he likes to plan out his design and come up with new ways to make each Santa unique. He said he also likes to see the pieces come together into the final product. 

If you'd like more information about Begley's wooden Santas or would like to purchase one, you can send him an e-mail at kevbeg@hotmail.com

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