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Santa Claus crafter visits kindergarteners

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

David Snyder speaks with Rae Anne Howad's kindergarten class at Jackson Township Elementary Monday. Snyder creates one-of-a-kind Santa Claus figurines. [Order this photo]
Dave Snyder, a 35-year-resident of Clay County, visited Rae Anne Howald's kindergarten classroom at Jackson Township Elementary school Monday, to show students his hand-crafted Santa Clauses.

Snyder has been making one-of-a-kind Santa Claus figurines from wood for more than ten years. Snyder spends anywhere from two weeks to two months carving the Santa Claus figurines before painting them.

Each Santa Claus is unique and can be personalized.

This hobby began when Snyder's wife read a magazine article about a dentist who quit his job to begin working in craftsmanship.

Snyder thought he could do the same, so he began carving Santa Clauses out of basswood.

Snyder carves approximately 250 Santas a year and sells them in all 50 states, as well as in South America, Europe, Canada and Australia.

Snyder answered questions from the students and showed them one of his carved and painted Santas.

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How can I get in contact with Dave Snyder. I have some of his creations in my carved wooden Santa collection. I would like to add to the collection with more of his work. Thanks for your time.

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