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The Functional Woodwork of Robert Waddell at ArtWalk

Article Published: Nov. 19, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
The Functional Woodwork of Robert Waddell at ArtWalk

ArtWalk is proudly featuring the immaculately constructed woodworks of Robert Waddell.

"The precision of his craftsmanship will be sure to amaze, and the ergonomic and comfortable design of his utilitarian pieces will entice visitors to make them a part of their home," a gallery spokesperson said.

ArtWalk is currently offering Waddell's cutting boards in a variety of sizes and shapes, as well as bread knives.

Waddell, a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, came to woodworking while just a teenager and used what he learned while making money for college at a furniture factory.

As an adult, Waddell's love of woodworking slowly morphed from a pastime into a part-time business, and now into a full-time occupation.

Waddell is obviously enamored with the wood itself as he painstakingly chooses each piece for its natural grain and color. He combines various woods, paying careful attention to their color combinations and value contrasts. By using mineral oil to finish food related pieces and clear finishes for other pieces, he allows the unaltered color and vibrancy of the woods to stand on their own.

The epitome of a small business, Waddell does all the work himself using conventional tools, creating small batches at a time or one-of-a-kind pieces. To provide such a wide palate of colors and grains, he uses both local and exotic hard woods such as maple, walnut, padauk, purple heart and jatoba, and uses FDA approved adhesives to ensure that his pieces are food safe. A card comes with each piece providing information on how to clean and preserve the wood.

Robert Waddell's wood works are located on ArtWalk's main level. With three and a half floors and more than 300 local, regional and national artists, ArtWalk is located at 611 W. King St. (across from Mast General Store) Boone, N.C. 28607. Though ArtWalk is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m, customers may shop all the time at the gallery's online store. ArtWalk continually welcomes new artists of all media and ages to inquire about individual gallery booths for rent. For more information, call (828) 264-9998, email ( or visit

Gallery Times
Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of the Focus section of The Mountain Times, featuring short news items submitted by local galleries.

For more information, contact entertainment editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.

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