Why We Do It
Purpleheart music boxes were my first hand-crafts that sparked my interest in woodworking. They were gifts for my family. A piece of my heart was in every one. These jewelry boxes played Edelweiss, The Rose, and other favorite tunes.
Soon afterwards, I bought my first lathe. In a day or so, I made my first bowl. It had a very basic design, but I loved using the lathe from in start. In no time, woodturning became my greatest passion. I turned pens, bowls and trays. I found pens were the perfect Christmas gifts, but very limited in creativity. Lidded boxes and large trays gave me and endless variation of bowl shapes is endless. So began my passion with hand-turning wooden bowls, trays, and cremation urns.
The prices for figured and burled wooden blocks are outrageous. I learned early to scavenge log pieces from trees down in the neighbors’ yards. It’s easy here in the Kansas City area after windy winter ice storms. I chainsaw the wood into blocks, wax the ends, keep what I want, and then sell the others on EBay or give them to friends at the Kansas City Woodturners Guild. More than half of the wood I use is salvaged from log piles that would have been burned or chipped.
As time passed, woodturning became my favorite passion, mostly of wooden urns and lidded bowls. I started using all different types of woods too. I never color, paint or dye any of the pieces. There is no need, as God did all that for us. Friends started buying my hand-turned bowls for birthday, Christmas, and wedding gifts, and when their lifelong pets passed on, cremation urns. As my wallet grew from this hobby, I began taking this small business more seriously. With the enormous customer base of the internet, woodturning art pieces for a living seemed within reach.
Now we are fat with woodturning inventory. Bowls, trays and wooden urns are everywhere. We have well over a hundred pieces. Each one takes a great deal of time and meticulous care. Never do I scrimp or cut corners. Every surface is sanded and finished to glass. I use only the finest figured and burled lumber. Each cremation urn is made of at least three types of contrasting wood. Each one is a gift from God, and I feel the presents of His Angels every time I enter the woodshop. This is why my heart is in every turned bowl.