~Whimsical Williraye Folk Art… New for Spring

Distinctive, unexpected, classic and fresh – Sturbridge Yankee Workshop presents our spring collection of highly collectible Williraye Studio resin sculptures for your home! These sought after folk art figurines and home accents are created through the creative mind of Bobbe Punzel-Schuknecht and partnered with the accomplished carving talents of her husband Jeff Schuknecht. Their art studio sits nestled in the rolling hills of rural Wisconsin, where life on the farm is expressed in their art.


Jeff & Bobbe

The name Williraye is a combination of their middle names. “Willi” short for Jeff’s middle name William and “Raye” for Bobbe’s middle name. The joint effort shared in creating each of these whimsical characters, is one that they both are very proud of. Bobbe feels as though she is telling a story through her work and the detailed carving and painting brings them to life. In their spare time they enjoy life on the farm and continue collecting various antiques together. They are both very pleased that through their work they are touching the lives of folk art lovers everywhere.

New for the Spring 2012 catalog, we have four new whimsical figurines that are perfect for spring time decorating. Seen here to the left is our friendly Farm Life Farmer Sculpture; as part of our Farm Life Collection. Ready for a hard day’s work on the farm, he’s sporting a heavy pair of overalls and a wide brimmed straw hat. Even the rooster, lazy dog and cat peeking out of his pocket, know it’s time to begin. Also included in this collection is the Farm Life Farmer’s Wife Sculpture. She too is ready to complete her daily chores on the farm, all the while displaying a warm smile. She wears a long striped apron and carries her barnyard friends along for the day. Last, but certainly not least, is our Farm Life Cow Sculpture to round out the collection. Featuring a young boy atop a large cow with puppies and bluebirds in tow, this happy go lucky group is having a grand time on the farm. If you look closely the boy carries an ice cream cone, while the cow tries to sneak a lick. Display all together for your own inviting farm scene on a mantle or side table this spring.

Another welcomed addition from the Williraye Studio family, our Girl with Bunnies Sculpture is ready to hop into your home for the coming season. Whimsically dressed of course and carrying one large happy bunny, this friendly group is packed and ready to go with lots of carrots in tow. Details are seen on the realistic looking woven basket, pink bunny ears and texture in the girl’s brown pig tails. This would make an ideal Easter or spring birthday gift for the Willraye Studio collector.

All of the Williraye Studio sculptures are reproduced from an original hand sculpted mold, using centuries-old techniques and hand painted details that are then transferred beautifully into the resin figurines we love. Grace your country home with any of these Williraye Studio collectibles for welcoming spring time decorative accents that will be around for years to come.

~Thanks Bobbe Punzel-Schuknecht & Jeff Schuknecht for sharing your creative designs with us at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop!


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