KENNETH FOLSTER


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Portrait of Kenneth Folster

Kenneth Folster graduated from State University of New York at Oswego in 1950 with a degree in industrial arts education, then he devoted 18 years to teaching industrial arts and 21 years as a high school assistant principal.

He carved his first Santa in 1988. His wife was a Santa collector and he carved it for her as a surprise Christmas gift. Everyone was impressed with it so he continued to carve more. He has carved hundreds of Santas as well as other traditional woodcarvings. One of his carvings, an eagle, was on the 1999 White House Christmas tree and shown in Early American Life in the 2000 Christmas issue.

Folster has always admired Windsor chairs, and when he retired in 1989 he pursued that interest along with his carving. Relying on books about the craft and his woodworking teaching experience, he taught himself how to make the chairs. He enjoys the challenge of working with hand tools, producing chairs and woodcarvings entirely by hand, with marks of hand tool work characteristic of antiques.

Kenneth Folster has been selected for the Directory of Traditional American Crafts in the Windsor Furniture category in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2007. He has been selected in the Holiday category in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2001 and in the Woodcarving category in 2002.

 
Kenneth Folster
68 West Market St.
Red Hook, NY 12571
Phone: 845-835-8182
Email: ken@folster.org
Website: www.kenfolster.com

Kenneth Folster has been selected for the following Directories:

2015
Year: 2015, 
				Category: Woodworking
WOODWORKING
2012
Year: 2012, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2007
Year: 2007, 
				Category: Furniture
FURNITURE
2004
Year: 2004, 
				Category: Furniture, Windsor
FURNITURE, WINDSOR
2003
Year: 2003, 
				Category: Furniture, Windsor
FURNITURE, WINDSOR
2002
Year: 2002, 
				Category: Furniture, Windsor
FURNITURE, WINDSOR
2002
Year: 2002, 
				Category: Christmas
CHRISTMAS
2002
Year: 2002, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2001
Year: 2001, 
				Category: Furniture, Windsor
FURNITURE, WINDSOR
2001
Year: 2001, 
				Category: Christmas
CHRISTMAS
1999
Year: 1999, 
				Category: Furniture, Windsor
FURNITURE, WINDSOR
1999
Year: 1999, 
				Category: Christmas
CHRISTMAS
1998
Year: 1998, 
				Category: Furniture, Windsor
FURNITURE, WINDSOR
1998
Year: 1998, 
				Category: Christmas
CHRISTMAS
1997
Year: 1997, 
				Category: Furniture, Windsor
FURNITURE, WINDSOR
1997
Year: 1997, 
				Category: Christmas
CHRISTMAS
1996
Year: 1996, 
				Category: Furniture, Windsor
FURNITURE, WINDSOR
1996
Year: 1996, 
				Category: Christmas
CHRISTMAS
1995
Year: 1995, 
				Category: Furniture, Windsor
FURNITURE, WINDSOR
1994
Year: 1994, 
				Category: Furniture, Windsor
FURNITURE, WINDSOR
Biography updated October 3, 2016   Photograph updated October 3, 2016  Contact information updated March 9, 2016
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