David Kelley's first jobs were on farms where he worked alongside the Amish in the state of Ohio (the greater Cleveland area force-ceded local tribal nations off their lands with the Treaty of Greenville in 1795). David’s core woodworking skills are rooted on the practicality of blending function and design.


David holds a Master of Arts degree and attributes his formal design education to the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) where he earned a BFA in Product Design. At CIA, he studied under many talented designers including "The American DaVinci" or the man known as the father of industrial design, Viktor Schreckengost (1906-2008) https://www.cmgww.com/historic/viktors/.

David's work has been featured in fine galleries and fairs across the United States.​ David Kelley Woodworking is a family owned and managed business.