Joe & Amy Witmer
Joe & Amy Witmer - Handmade Beeswax Collectable Figures & Ornaments
Joe & Amy Witmer carry a love and passion for all things Colonial, Traditional and Historic, as well as preserving history. They are artisans of hand poured, hand carved, and finished solid beeswax heirloom collectable figures and ornaments. The collectables and ornaments are all made by hand pouring into Antique and Vintage Chocolate Molds from Germany, Switzerland and the U.S. Cinnamon Treasures supports local apiaries by purchasing beeswax locally as this ensures they get the highest quality beeswax available. They use hand tools to meticulously finish each piece by hand. Due to the age and natural characteristics of beeswax, the color of wax varies based on the bee colony and the age of the hive, this gives each piece its uniqueness.
This unique art of molding and carving beeswax began centuries ago in Germany with the Lebkuchen bakers. The bakers used their Springerle and gingerbread boards to mold the first beeswax ornaments. This became a holiday tradition. There are records of bakers attending fairs making gingerroot flavored breads, as well as merchants who made wax souvenirs which people took home and hung on their Christmas tree. It is a tradition Cinnamon Treasures carries on today. Joe and Amy have expanded this tradition to include casting and pouring figures from exceedingly rare and early authentic chocolate molds from makers in France and Germany as well as the US. They are said to have one of the largest collections of authentic, vintage, and antique chocolate mold collections in the country, including some extremely rare and hard to find molds.
Their work can be found in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as is in private home collections across the country, and in Europe, Germany, Italy, Hawaii, Japan, and beyond. They take great care and attention to detail in every single piece.
In addition, Cinnamon Treasures has been highlighted in 2022 on Live Local TV, has been in numerous newspaper articles across multiple states, and featured in show publications, as well as Early American Life Magazine in two separate publications.