At the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina, Bill Apelian handcrafts heirlooms in wood. Using traditional tools—handsaws, lathes, gouges, and artists’ oil colors—and his imagination, he creates Santas and ornaments in an Old World style. 

Etsy Shop

Visit Bill’s Etsy shop to view more finely crafted pieces.


If you have something special in mind, Bill is glad to discuss commission work. Would you like a front door carved with trees? Do you have a special piece of wood that calls out to be a piece of art? Would you like an Old World Santa holding something particular or painted to your specifications? Just let Bill know how you would like to collaborate.

Guild Member

Bill has been member of the prestigious Southern Highland Craft Guild since 2004.