Welcome to the website of master carver Paul Kukstis. Here you will find hand-carved folk art and signs proudly crafted in the New England tradition. 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 here. A custom hand-carved sign is the perfect gift for a wedding, housewarming, birthday, anniversary, or holiday. Every carving is a one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted work of art made in the heart of Massachusetts’ historic South Shore. Whatever your needs, you are sure to be pleased with the skilled craftsmanship displayed here. Your custom piece will be cherished for generations to come. Since every job is different, there is no set catalog of styles or price, so have a look, let me know your interest, and I will promptly supply you with a quote.
“As for the sign-painters’ whales seen in the streets hanging over the shops of oil-dealers, what shall be said of them? They are generally Richard III. whales, with dromedary humps, and very savage; breakfasting on three or four sailor tarts, that is whaleboats full of mariners: their deformities floundering in seas of blood and blue paint.” – Moby-Dick, Chapter LV “Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales” – Herman Melville