Trav Tr a el av elliingg aacross cros cr oss ou ur fi fine nnee sstate taate te ooff Io Iowa w rrecently, wa ecen ec ntl t yy,, I hhad ad d tthe he he Travelling our opportunity to take a behind the scenes look at the home of Nunnikhoven Art Stone in Mediapolis. The owners of Nunnikhoven Art Stone are Steve and Marika Nunnikhoven. Two very down to earth people who grew up in Southeast Iowa and set out to establish a business, backed by over 50 years combined experience, that provides quality products to their customers with honest and reliable service. Steve and Marika are extremely personable, and very open to sharing their trade secrets. Heck, they even bought lunch! Before starting the tour, I expected to see a number of treasures that would spark my interest, but what I encountered was more than I had imagined. There are numerous lines of products available at Nunnikhoven Art Stone. They proudly display numerous Wine Art items, Christian Art, and some breathtaking Military Art pieces. There are items ranging in size from knick-knacks, to an amazing piece weighing in at about 1,800 pounds (we’ll get to that piece a bit later). They provide pieces in the Gun Art collection that fondly remind us of our Second Amendment…the 52 inch tall bullets were awesome…you can even have one of these made
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in nto t yyour ourr oow ou wn ccu ust stom m into own custom mail box! Each stone cast item undergoes an intense creation process before you or I can buy it off the shelf. Each work of art begins when Steve and Marika commission an artist to create the initial design. I won’t give away their process entirely, but there are numerous stages of design, casting, and finally creating molds before the first stone piece can even be created; and no piece is presented to the customer without Steve and Marika ensuring the final product is perfect. In addition to stone items, they also boast an impressive display of laser cut metal art, and some fabulous lighting creations that had me wandering around staring at the ceilings. There is also a huge selection of posters by KRAM available, and something I have never seen, they actually make baptismals. Cool idea and something I’m sure ministers would love; no more wet clothes for the padre who buys one of these!
Remember that 1,800 pound item I mentioned earlier? Well it happens to be a part of the Nunnikhoven V-Twin
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