As a boy, I would split my free time between exploring the dense Appalachian forest that surrounded my hometown of Athens, Ohio; and at my father's art studio. Inspired by the magnificence of my forest playground, I'd sit on the floor of the studio and paint and carve a series of trees out of the cypress wood my dad had delivered from Florida.

Like for most of us, life, interests, ambition and time slowly separated me from my childhood passion of crafting wooden trees. But, as fate would have it, I didn't completely walk away from the wood working world. My 45-year career in the guitar industry kept me tied to woodworking. It was at the tail end of that career that my wife suggested I turn some Christmas trees. Little did she know that by taking her up on the suggestion, it would re-ignite my interest in sculpting trees that started at age 7.

The satisfaction and pleasure that comes from transforming a piece of wood into a tactile and visual object is hard to describe. Whether it’s small trees or turning other one-of-a-kind pieces, the magic and wonder of sculpted designs emerging from various woods is never lost on me. Each piece is as unique as the species itself, and my goal is that my deep respect for the tree it came from is ever present.

My gallery is changing all of the time as I continually create in my studio. Please visit my instagram page to view or purchase from my current inventory, or contact me with questions.

Thank you so much for your interest. - Jay


Old world craftsmanship blended with modern techniques and colors create a contemporary feel for your home or office.

Height: 5" - 15"


This collection's intentional rough look is as close as you get to having a live tree growing in your house. 

Height: 8" - 16"


Bold designs and colors create a modern look and feel and are suitable for year-round display. 

Height: 6" - 14"

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At Hostetler Wood Studio, we’re passionate about our craft, our products and the wood material they’re made from. In order to return our gratefulness to the earth, we donate a percentage of each piece sold to support organizations that live this passion. We are currently donating 5% of all sales to the Athens Conservancy whose mission is to protect lands to preserve wild and scenic places, maintain healthy ecosystems, preserve water quality, and protect biodiversity, habitat, and ecological processes.  


Do you have questions or comments about my work? Requests for a custom project? I'd love to hear from you.
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