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nature in metal

July 22, 2013

Caldwell Collection

Ben Caldwell once made musical instruments. Then, he fine-tuned his skills and found a new calling.

In his studio in downtown Nashville, Tenn., Caldwell works as a metalsmith, making copper and silver serving pieces. Using traditional metalsmithing techniques, the nationally recognized artist creates sculptural, hand-hammered trays, bowls, spoons, and salad sets.

Many items feature flowers, leaves, vines and naturally shed dear antlers, which are used as handles and bowl stands.

For special-occasion gifts, his brie server ($100) is a big seller. So are his spoons and flat serving trays with the ginkgo leaf design (set of ginkgo salad servers with vine handles, below).

During the last year, items with the burr antler handles have drawn buyers from across the country. Serving pieces range from $175 to $250. Trays and bowls range from $185 to $1,200 – and up.

To order, visit

P.S. I was fortunate to meet Ben (pictured below) at the popular Virginia-Highland Summerfest in Atlanta in June 2013 — then get to write about him for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

P.S.S. I am saving for one of his small ice scoops with burr handle (shown below). It is hard to pick one of his pieces, but that piece will be a talking point at the ice bucket.


Salad setsmall ice scoop

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