“Cuts of Wood is a great addition to the creative economy we see growing in Berlin,” said Mayor Mark Kaczynski.
Pieces are currently sold online and at Stacey T’s Treasures in Wallingford, Southington Community Cultural Arts and Mister B’s Jerky Shop in Southington.
Next week, Cavedon will debut his business at the Berlin Fair.
“Over 20 years ago I started in my basement, cutting gifts and creating unique works of art out of wood for friends and relatives,” he said. “The feedback was phenomenal and everybody kept saying make it a business.”
A retired West Hartford police officer, Cavedon is passionate about his business.
“There’s a big push to go back to nature,” he said of customer requests. “Getting back into rustic wood, rustic finishes.”
The majority of the wood comes from sustainable forests. The intricate carvings and designs used to be done by hand until Cavedon started using a laser cutter to cut and etch the wood.
He can create nearly any design a customer requests.
Cavedon the design on a computer and then transfers the image to the laser cutter, which then either burns or cuts the piece of wood.
Depending on the intricacy of the design, a piece can take as little as 20 minutes to complete.
Some of the pieces are painted by Cavedon’s sister Betsy. A popular product is the wooden growth chart, which piece together like a puzzle.
Popular design themes include fishing and the outdoors.
“It’s one of a kind,” Cavedon said.
Cavedon also works with plastics, tile and leather. “A blank piece of wood is like a canvas,” he said. “You create a work of art with it.”