Wafer Molds and
three-dimensional castings of antique buttermolds from our private
collection. The original molds are hand-carved, wooden stamps ranging in
size from 2 3/8" to 5" in diameter. The more common motifs are pineapples,
strawberries, cows and wheat sheaves; but we also own more unusual molds
like a rooster, an anchor, a shell and a sheep.
||A buttermold was a kitchen utensil used to
stamp a decorative design on hand-churned butter which had been packed into
|We also manufacture a line of
cranberry-colored, cinnamon-scented 100% beeswax ornaments. Many of
the designs are made from both antique and modern chocolate, cookie
and candy molds.
About our Workshop
The originals have become a desirable commodity for collectors of American folk
art. In addition to the beauty of the detailed carving of an old mold, the
symbolism attached to so many of the patterns is intriguing. Each buttermold
design you purchase will come with a card briefly telling about the buttermolds
and listing the various symbols.
We offer our buttermold designs as decorative wall hangings cast in hydrastone
with a hanger set into the back. They are then stained to look like the
original wood molds and a light coat of satin acrylic is applied to give the
piece the soft buttery oil-soaked patina of a well-used mold. This form of our
product is meant to be decorative only and should not be used on food goods.
These castings create a lovely effect of color and texture used either singly or
as a group. they are especially appropriate in a country-style setting.
Recently we have started producing a number of the butter pat and smaller sized
molds in a food-safe form to use as a stamp with cookie dough or butter. These
remain the white color of the hydrastone but are coated with several layers of a
food-safe glaze. They come with directions for use.
Lois and David Kwantz have owned the Butterstamp Workshop since the 1970's.
Since owning the company we have added our new line of Beeswax Ornaments.