Expert Talk: Paul F. Bolinger

Paul Bollinger, after serving as vice president of a micro-electronics firm, decided to retool himself as an American wood-carver and artist specializing in Father Christmas pieces. After expanding to supply Neiman Marcus and being featured as one of the 100 top traditional craftsmen in the United States he gradually expanded his reach to move beyond the U.S.    He gradually expanded his reach to move beyond U.S. production and had figurines made as well in Mexico, the Philippines and China. He spoke about the many international challenges he and his wife Camille encountered when shipments unexpectedly varied in dimensions such as color and shape. Nonetheless, individual figures reached a sales volume of over 50,000 items.