Our Products: Handcut ornaments from Recycled Christmas Trees!
Hand Cut from Reycled Christmas trees!
Ken is a retired school teacher and a master model maker. He and his wife Brenda founded AKA Collectibles as a team affair with Brenda supplying the art and Ken providing the precision. Their first products were scale models of ships, cars, and trucks. Part of the precision model making business is finding small amounts of the proper materials. Ken is always hunting for the right piece of mahogany for a tugboat rail, birch for an engine cowl, or poplar for a shaped fender. If you're in that business, sooner or later, you'll trip over last year's Christmas tree one too many times. It all started when Ken sliced a few sections from the base of a dry Christmas tree. He sanded them smooth and passed them to Brenda. An artist sees things that the rest of us don't and the odd shaped growth rings of a Christmas tree are fuel for an artist's imagination. Brenda found a unique pattern where a branch had once grown. To her artist's eye it looked like smoke coming from a chimney. The sweep of the outer rings looked like evergreens swept by wind and snow. Obviously a cabin in the woods belonged in the middle. Now it was Ken's turn to surgically cut the disk with a scroll saw. With the addition of a hanging hook, the cabin in the woods ornament was born. Each ornament measures between 3 and 5 inches depending upon the tree. Each is obviously unique.
Sadly Brenda has passed and Ken has found solice in continuing the work they did together. It turns out Brenda was a great art teacher because Ken is
now developing new art for the only real Christmas Tree ornaments in the world and they are truly fantastic.