William Kautz

Folk Art Woodworking

Will Kautz began his artistic training while he was still a young boy. His father, William Charles Kautz was a fine artist in New York and creativity was an important part of his home environment. He remembers sculpting granite beside his dad when he was still a boy. But as a young man, Will was often torn between a drive to be creative, and a desire to do something for the vulnerable in society.

In 1980 he entered seminary and earned an M.A. in theology and ethics and was later appointed as a Research Fellow at Yale University. In 1985 he began full-time law school with a young family and no money. At this time Will began to carve. Initially, he hoped merely to pay a few tuition bills with whatever he could earn from his art but within a few weeks his designs began to sell as quickly as he could produce them.

The first year law student would study by day and carve by night. Three years later, Will completed law school and passed the Vermont bar exam. For the next ten years, he maintained a volunteer law practice for victims of domestic violence while supporting his family with his art.

Through the years, Will has sold his work to numerous galleries and collectors around the world. His art has been displayed at the Museum of American Folk Art in NYC, the Shelburne Museum of Vermont, The Abbey Aldridge Rockefeller Museum at Colonial Williamsburg and the Nantucket Whaling Museum in Massachusetts. He has also been chosen by Early American Homes magazine for its annual Directory of America's Best Traditional Craftsmen.

Will Kautz
K. William Kautz American Folk Art
PO Box 81
Weston, VT 05161

802-299-2448

kwilliamkautz@aol.com
kwkautz.com
Facebook: Wiil Kautz

 

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