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Featured Local Artist: David Caldwell

Amanda Flontek

We are situated right between Charlotte, NC and Asheville, NC in a small town of about 20,000. Some days it seems like there isn’t much that goes on in our little space of earth. It’s a rather quiet town with a cute historic district that is full of possibility! Living here in Cleveland County, we can all be grateful for the work of the artisans that fill this small place that we call home. Although we are minute in size we are really fortunate to live amongst so much artistic talent.

To list all of the artists in our community would require so much more than one blog post, however, I am sure that as time goes on you will see more posts of the talent in our current community. Today we are highlighting an artist that we’ve had the opportunity to get to know through Fadales--a woodworker in our community whose work has been featured all over the USA.  

David Caldwell has professionally practiced wood carving since 1994. His experience includes architectural ornamentation, antique restoration, sculpture, furniture embellishment and custom wood projects. David comes to woodcarving with an engineering background and combines the highest level of craftsmanship and detail. While David’s woodworking is incredible and we have been lucky enough to carry a few of his one-of-a-kind pieces in Fadales, it isn’t just his woodworking that is amazing—also is his space where his pieces are crafted. It is truly serene and inspiring. 

David built his studio himself and it is one that most of us dream of working in. It is a window lined space where light shines in, nature surrounds. There are sliding doors to let in the summer breeze and a wood stove to stay warm in the winter. There is a walking trail on the property, camellias--flowers David shares happily with the community--and Henry the Dog, who adds a little extra life to the quiet of this rural studio.