The couple lives in a house they built, a reproduction of a 1740s Connecticut Valley Colonial home, which is a perfect fit with their love of folk art.
The husband and wife team work together in a studio behind the home, nestled in seven acres of Michigan woods. The studio has windows on three sides looking out over the woods and changing seasons.
Their interest in folk art and woodcarving actually goes back several generations in the family, as Vaughn's great-great grandfather was a carpenter and woodcarver. Vaughn even owns a pipe his ancestor carved while on Look Out Mountain.
The couple used to build furniture for their home, so were always working with wood, stains painting and aging techniques. When Vaughn would get home from work, he would get out of his suit and tie to work with his hands.
"One day I bought a block of wood, a knife and a carving book and carved my first Santa figure. I would work on him every night for about three weeks! This was in 1988. Shortly after I quit using books and developed my own look and started taking them to local craft shows and shops in Michigan. It just took off from there and soon after we were selling the carvings nationwide."
All of this started well before the Internet and they still have collectors who go to their shows to show them some of their early pieces.