Old World Santas at Jacksonport Craft Cottage

Old World Santa created by Pat Klitzman

The Jacksonport Craft Cottage (JCC) features many beautifully made items for holiday gifts hand crafted by local artists. Special features this month include pieces by Ken and Pat Klitzman.

Pat began carving years ago after receiving a “beginners set” of carving tools, a block of wood and a book from her husband Ken for Christmas. Though she has taken a few carving classes, she is primarily self-taught.

She specializes in Old World Santa Clauses and characters. Basswood and cypress are her favorite carving woods for creating these unique collector pieces. The basswood is grown and milled locally in Door County while the Cypress Knee, the tip of a cypress root, comes from the swamps of the Deep South.

Pat also creates some non-traditional figures in an assortment of sizes which demonstrate the diversity and detail in the subjects that she can carve.

A selection of pen and ink on tile, wood and stone, as well as sand art by Ken Klitzman is also on display. Ken has expanded his selection, including leaves, birds, trees and many other subjects to create a natural effect with touches of copper.

JCC features the work of over 125 artists. The shop, located at 6275 Highway 57 in downtown Jacksonport, is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through April from 9 am – 5 pm.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to visit the shop during the week call 920.823.2288.