Nestled in the quaint little "New England" style historic village of Davidson, NC, home of Davidson College, the Whistling Swan is located on Main Street.
Nothing parallels the warmth and patina of early hand made furniture from our forefathers found at the Whistling Swan. Their ingenious ability to create functional pieces with their early tools intrigues us…the hand planning, pegged, mortised and tendoned, hand made dovetails, make each piece desirable.
The artisans/skilled craftsmen that have reproduced the early crafts using original tools and techniques of the past…hand loomed, hand-dyed wool rugs; redware pottery; hand made baskets; historic reproduction furniture and accessories; Windsor chairs; pewter and tin ware; upholstered furniture in colonial styles; hand made quilts; fraktur; oil paintings; silhouettes; period lighting; decoys; hand made candles; hand woven textiles are some of the one-of-a-kind creations. Various magazines including Early American Life's Directory of Traditional Craftsmen, museums, and juried shows have recognized many of the artisans/craftsmen represented.
Lawrence Crouse's furniture and Windsor chairs are distinctive reproductions and would be an asset in any home. Bill and Teresa Suter design, build and paint colonial style furniture, shelves, and boxes that help accessorize your home.
The custom hand made 18th and 19th century lighting by Lt. Moses Willard adds warmth to the shop. The period and traditional reproduction sconces and lighting by John and Cathy Schneeman, Carriage House Lighting, Bob Allio, Timeless Designs, Tin Peddlers also warm the shop.
Hand dyed and hand hooked rugs by Peggy Teich; hand forged iron by Kathy Nugent; intricate hand woven textiles-linens by Weavers Corner...Family Heirloom Weavers help complete the traditional home.
The museum quality redware pottery by Greg and Mary-Spellmire Shooner compliment your cupboards and shelves.
Susan Soloway Daul's historic inspired fraktur characterized by their bold colors, original imagery-birds, animals and flowers, and Karen Valente's historic oil portraits dress the walls in keeping with the authentic period homes.
There is a selection of many other one-of-a-kind distinctive appointments in the shop. The warmth and patina of early colonial furniture and accessories complete the appeal of the Whistling Swan.