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Williraye Studio Gifts

Updated on June 22, 2011

How I discovered Williraye Studios

I collect Nativity Sets. I have all kinds of different Nativity Sets. I have everything from Willow Tree to Lladro, when it comes to Nativity Sets. One of my favorite Nativity Sets I have however is one that is from Williraye Studios. In fact, when I purchased that particular Nativity Set, it was the first time I was introduced to Williraye Studio collectibles.

I have been in love with Williraye Collectibles ever since.

O'Holy Family Nativity from Williraye Studios

The Holy Family is exquisitely handcrafted from cold-cast resin and metal, and meticulously hand-painted in the rich, soothing colors of the season. The distinctive folk art casting includes a faithful lamb and two doves of peace. Allow this happy fa
The Holy Family is exquisitely handcrafted from cold-cast resin and metal, and meticulously hand-painted in the rich, soothing colors of the season. The distinctive folk art casting includes a faithful lamb and two doves of peace. Allow this happy fa

Williraye Studios

A combination of warmth, tradition, happiness, and memories are what the collectibles of Williraye Studios is all about.
A combination of warmth, tradition, happiness, and memories are what the collectibles of Williraye Studios is all about.

What exactly is Williraye Studios?

Williraye Studios is an artistic team that happens to be a husband and wife. Jeff and Bobbe Punzel-Schuknecht work together on their 60 acre farm in east central Wisconsin, which is actually their home and their Williraye studio too. The farm provides a combination of everyday life and work in the environs of nature’s beauty providing experiences that shape the collectibles they create. Their works of art literally become a reflection of their lives. Their gifts and collectibles are a combination of American and French Folk Art, with whimsical themes that are inspirational and motivational. This couple’s marriage is the union of imagination and artistry and makes up Williraye Studios.

The Process at Williraye Studio

How are Williraye collectibles created?

Bobbe is the story teller who shares her ideas through the medium of drawing.  She has a sense of humor, which is seen in the characters she creates through her work.  After Bobbe expresses her imagination in the drawing of the piece then it is Jeff’s turn to go to work.   Jeff traces the Williraye collectible onto the piece of wood and gets to work with the band saw to rough cut it out.  Next he uses carving techniques that are centuries old which involve the use of hand tools to carve out the details and make the final three-dimensional Williraye sculpture.  This time consuming process of hand carving is what gives the unique expression to the once basic piece of wood making it a Williraye Collectible. 

Thanksgiving Collectibles from Williraye Studio

Drawing, hand carving, staining, and painting, Williraye Collectibles are works of art.

After the hand carving is completed, the piece of art is stained, giving it a patina look that is more traditional.  This step is what makes Williraye collectibles stand out from the rest of the other gifts and collectibles.  When the staining is complete, the sculptured piece is then given back to Bobbe for her to add the details in paint.  Each piece is painstakingly done adding the distinctive look of Williraye Studios.  Their work is strongly influenced by classical folk art, but becomes more current with the artistic eye used to mix and blend the colors in a way that will please the modern viewer. 

More Williraye Studios Christmas gift ideas

Christmas Collectibles from Williraye Studios

Coyne's & Company helps Williraye Studios share their collectibles with more people.

Originally Williraye Studios could only be found at art shows throughout the Midwest, where their original hand carved and hand painted collectibles could be purchased.  About 15 years ago a company called Coyne’s & Company approached the couple and offered them the ability to reproduce their originals so that more people could enjoy Williraye Collectibles.  This process is one in which each piece is cast in high quality resin and then carefully hand painted maintaining the integrity of the original piece of Williraye art work. 

Williraye Studios provides all different types of gifts and collectibles.

Whether you are shopping for yourself, or for a gift for someone else, Williraye Studios offers a broad variety of choices in several different categories like:

  • Christmas/ Winter
  • Easter
  • Everyday
  • Halloween
  • Harvest
  • Lakeshore
  • Patriotic
  • Roost
  • Snowy Smiles

Williraye Studios Best Seller

One of Williraye Studios best-selling pieces is called O’Holy Night Wise Men, which comes in a set of three.  These Three Wise Men, who traveled a great distance to welcome the newborn Jesus, are a grand trio. Robed for travel, each king is layered in richly colored wraps, extravagant in their lack of pattern, yet with a real sense of finery captured in the flow of each garment. The use of shading in the colors along with the trim effectively adds dimension and drama. Each of the Wise Men are carrying a gift to offer their King.

Williraye Best Seller

A wonderful addition to any Williraye collection.
A wonderful addition to any Williraye collection.

O'Holy Night Shepherd

Add this to complete your Williraye Nativity Set.
Add this to complete your Williraye Nativity Set.

Another best-selling Williraye piece is called O’Holy Night Shepherd.  This is a must have piece to accent any Nativity Set.  The details given to this lowly Shepherd are seen as he carries his crook and is surrounded by those he has charge over, his sheep. 

Bobbe and Jeff the artists of Williraye Studios

Willie Raye
Willie Raye

Williraye Collectibles

Bobbe and Jeff consider themselves, "American Folk Artists". I certainly do too! Their work is unique and different is a warm and comfortable way. It reminds me of what it would be like to live in simpler times, when you could feel the beauty of living off the land.

Williraye Studios provides a nostalgic, but contemporary collectible that will fit in any décor. I love to accent my home with their collectibles.

I think that Williraye Collectibles would be a perfect gift for any occasion. Whether it be Christmas, weddings, birthdays, or even if you are in need of thank you gift ideas. Gifts and collectibles from Williraye will save the day!

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      I love Willie Ray and have several pirces.


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