Jan Dwyer Collectibles
Handcrafted Exclusively in Catalpa Wood
|Closeup of Catalpa vases|
I have been in the crafting business for around 30 years! I have done something creative my entire life! My kindergarten teacher told my mother she thought I would be an artist! Because of my husbands health issues he is not able to work long hours, but loves being in his wood shop, creating with his hands.
We use only one type of tree, the catalpa. Catalpa is a soft wood, therefore the bark shrinks with the wood when it dries and does not come off like most bark of other trees. We use the bark side of the wood in most of our designs. Catalpa has a beautiful grain and an interesting bark. I draw most of the patterns and my husband, Dean, cuts them out on a band saw. I then carve the pieces using a palm sander, spindle sander, and dremel tools. Our finishing process includes some staining to bring out the grain, as well as 6 coats of finish which is brushed on over several days. Dean makes all the lathe-turned pieces, such as lamps, vases, cone trees, etc.
I am constantly thinking of new things to design, create and challenge us both! I believe there isn't anything as satisfying as having someone admire and want to purchase something we have designed and created! It is always fun to meet like-minded people at the art and craft shows as we travel around the country.
They also do very intricate work shown here in this plate of leaves made out of Catalpa. What great fall decor just to have some scattered on a table.
The cone trees are turned on a lathe by Dean. Jan then applies a stain to bring out the beauty of the grain which gives the tree its distinctive appearance. No two are ever alike! I love the moose too! He looks pretty awesome!