About Chafowitz™ Handmade Crafts

The Chafowitz™ Handmade Crafts His-and-Her-Story

People sometimes ask us, “What’s up with the name of your business? What’s with Chafowitz™ Handmade Crafts?

Chafowitz™ came into the world as a joke. The Chaffee Name has a Legacy. Veterinarian “Doc” Chaffee turned a rag-tag collecction of animals into the world-class Fresno Chaffee Zoo in Fresno, California. 

When Doc’s Daughter, Denise Chaffee, and Rick Horowitz were getting married, we jokingly told her mother that we were decided instead of completely giving up the name, we were merging our names, to form “Chafowitz.” 

Unknown to us at the time, her mother was in the early stages of senility. She sent us a wedding check made out to “Denise Chafowitz.” This was in the pre-9/11 time, and, amazingly, upon explanation, the bank cashed the check!

Subsequently,  we both fell in love with Bunnies — particularly Big Nut Brown & Little Nut Brown of the children’s book, “Guess How Much I Love You,” and another children’s book later became important to Rick when he went to Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College. That book is The  Velveteen Rabbit, and tells the story of a toy bunny who becomes real. One of my favorite products is our Velveteen Rabbit coffee mug.

When it came time to start an online store to sell our handmade crafts, chafowitz.com was the only possible choice! And so that became the venue for selling Chafowitz™ Handmade Crafts.

What We Do

So here we are. What is it that we do?

Well, Bunny Chafowitz loves to do bead-weaving, and makes exquisite handmade jewelry. She also loves to create inspirational posts on our Facebook Page, as well as her Instagram feed.

Rick uses sublimation to create coffee mugs, tumblers, and other drinkware. He also has a laser, and he’s not afraid to use it. (Although he appears to be a little afraid to post his work so far! But, stand by, there are numerous laser offerings already made, and just needing to be photographed and posted!) Also planned are t-shirts and other cloth items with unique designs and messages.

Rick, by the way, served in the United States Navy back in the 1970s. He was stationed aboard the USS Anchorage, a landing ship dock (LSD-36). For that reason, you should be able to find him making a number of veteran-related items here. If you don’t see very many right now, keep coming back as we add more!

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