Al Cleveland

For over thirty years I have pursued a love affair with the finest hardwoods in the world.  Years ago I discovered the secret of these densest and most beautiful of the world's woods:  by persevering long past the point when most other woodworkers would consider a piece completed, I come to a magic moment when the wood seems to melt and flow as the liquid curves run together into a seamless delight.

I employ no fillers, stains, or other chemical short-cuts in my work.  The colors are those of the natural wood, and the high luster is the product of patience and devotion, not varnish.  As a result, with reasonable care, each piece will continue to look new for generations.

My motivation is to create functional and artistically creative works which please both the hand and the eye - a feast for the senses.


What Sets My Work Apart?


Most other woodworkers use lesser woods which they then stain, fill, and lacquer to ape the royal hardwoods.  I use the finest hardwoods in the first place;  everything I make is genuine, and the quality shows through.

I employ power tools only to prepare raw stock and rough blanks - the rest is entirely handwork.  I create form the way Nature does, by patient erosion, not mechanical blitzkrieg.

I don't do mass production:  Every piece I make is a unique conception and a lifetime heirloom.

Mon 10–6
Tues 10–6
Wed 10–6
Thurs 10–6
Fri 10–6
Sat 10–6
Sun 12–5
118 E Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (434) 972–9500
C’ville Arts offers a tremendous range of crafts and art, including decorative & functional objects for your home & garden, wearable art such as jewelry and scarves, organic balms, photography, paintings, sculpture, and more. As a cooperative, we work together to operate the store, helping keep our art affordable. Visitors are able to meet and chat with the artists who are on duty each day. C’ville Arts has become a popular place to find unique gifts for all occasions and locally made mementos for visitors to our area.
The Gallery is honored to be a part of the Virginia Artisans Trail Network, specifically the Monticello Artisans Trail.  “Choose from the many creative excursions and activities available as you plan your trip to Virginia!  The Artisan Trail Network will help you navigate a unique adventure.  We invite you to explore the byways and back roads, visiting craft artisan studios, agri-artisan gardens & farms, wineries & breweries, galleries & craft related venues, local businesses & eclectic shops and historical & cultural points of interest.”  The Gallery was recently featured in a video produced for the Virginia Artisans Trail Network.