Need just the right gift for a picky person who has it all? Looking for a unique ritual item? Want to jazz up your kitchen with cool spoons and trivets? Look no further than Mystic Artisans, the winners of the Just Smack Me! Spoon contest.
In business since 2005, Mystic Artisans is the baby of Don and Tonie Ervin, wood burning and etching artists based in the Piedmont of North Carolina. They sell from their Facebook page and local festivals pre-made items and custom orders. While they can each wood burn and etch, Tonie is the queen of the wood burner and Don the etch master.
They have items priced for every budget. Unlike some vendors out there, they believe in creating art for art’s sake and payment is just a secondary perk.
Mystic Artisans will tackle almost any project on wood or stone. ”It’s a balance between what strike’s our fancy and what we think people would like to see us try our hand at. Sometimes we do things because they are a personal challenge (i.e. The Killing Joke) and sometimes we are doing commissions or working on things that customers have suggested we might be good at.”
Mystic Artisans is a true partnership. Because of their preferred specialties and talents, they try to work on projects together in ways that will complement each other’s abilities. ”Oh we work very well together! Tonie is a great at painting, but terrible at coloring with markers and pencils. So Donald steps up and colors all her wood-burnings for her. Donald is a wiz at stone cutting but has trouble painting more delicate creations so Tonie helps him out with that. We also push each other’s talents. Before we reveal any artwork to the community it always gets a once-over and scrutinized by the other half of the partnership!”
“We try to be respectful to any and all religions in general. Most of our best fans are from the pagan community and we do some of our best custom work for those people. However, we have also been asked in the past to create work with religious themes for non-pagan customers as well. “To each his own” is our rule of thumb. However we do believe that if we were asked to do custom work that would insult or disparage our own personal pagan beliefs, a line would be drawn.” Don and Tonie are both active in Pagan groups in their community and often vend at Pagan events.