brian kidwell, toy maker, mckinney

A wedding gift for Bill Gates, a collection of Christmas gifts commissioned by the Japanese Royal Family, a remote-control car driven by Santa for Fox News, and a group of flying machines commemorating A Century of Flight at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. All the creations of Brian Kidwell and his wife Cynthia, a unique art form they call “found object sculpture.”

The family business started in the 1960s when Brian’s father, Al Kidwell was discovered by Dallas gallery owner, Haydon Calhoun. Calhoun convinced Kidwell his future was in the unique pieces he was creating out of junk, and his first show sold out almost immediately. A legacy was born.

Fast forward 25 years, and Brian and Cynthia Kidwell, newlyweds with a young baby, take up the torch, and open a workshop in the heart of McKinney. Over the last 30 years they have dedicated their lives to manufacturing unique collectibles featuring antique fabric, genuine fur trim, vintage toys and re-purposed items that can be customized and personalized.

Among their most popular pieces are the Santas whose mischievous faces are created from molds modeled by Brian’s father. “The core of the sculpture comes down to those faces”, says Brian.

Holiday Warehouse

For the Holidays, the Kidwells have teamed up with Holiday Warehouse to create one-of-a-kind, high-end Santa collectibles. Pieces like the one pictured, are available starting at $495.

Holiday Warehouse, 2819 W 15th St, Plano, (469) 814-0802,