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David, a resident of Burnsville, NC, began carving in 1984. He had drawn and painted pictures all of his life. He is a self-taught artist. He designs and creates his original carvings from memories of his days growing up in the mountains of North Carolina. He says, “I like to carve scenes that show life as it should be.” His carvings have won many first place awards including several “Best of Show” “Show Theme,” and “People’s Choice.” People say they identify his carvings by his style of soft, muted painting technique. He is prolific in many art mediums—painting, animal, bird, Santa, caricature walking sticks, and realistic carvings. He also does some blacksmithing in his blacksmith shop to carry on the tradition of his famous relatives, The Boone’s. David is retired and enjoys being with family and friends. He has a life size carving of Big Tom Wilson, a famous mountaineer, in the Mount Mitchell State Park Museum.
He is a member of the National Woodcarvers Association and the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild. He has been featured in Chip Chats, and several books.
David has won Best of Caricatures twice at the International Woodcarvers Congress in Davenport, Iowa. He has won several first place division awards at the International Woodcarvers Congress. He has won Best of Show at the Dayton Woodcarvers Show, Best of Show at the Cincinnati Woodcarvers Show, Best of Show several times at the Charlotte NC Woodcarvers Show, Best of Show at the Greenville, TN Woodcarvers Show, Best of Show at the Johnson City, TN Show and Best of Show at the Kansas City Woodcarvers Show and Best of Show at the Geenville, SC Woodcarvers Show. David is currently writing a book on his life’s experience which will be published this year.
David Boone, a direct descendant of American Pioneer, Daniel Boone, tells us his Vietnam story with a special woodcarving tribute in this blog:
8659 Hwy 197 South
Burnsville, NC 28714