P.O. Box 1133
Lee's Summit, MO 64063
Phone: (816) 442-4918
Phone Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST
David’s work has displayed in different Kansas City showrooms, including the Hallar Gallery near the Country Club Plaza. Numerous businesses in and out of the Kansas City have showcased and offered his hand-turned bowls. David also contributes pieces regularly to different charity auctions.
Every wooden bowl David creates is a labor of love. His purpose is not to manufacture factory type items, but rather, to carefully craft art for pleasure, offered to those who love beauty. David’s true passion is woodturning.
David Farquhar, Lead Artist &
To hand-turn the most original wooden bowls available, used for daily functions.
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Why We Do It
Impressing her seemed the most important thing I would ever do. Purpleheart and Redheart seemed like the perfect woods to use. I bought blocks of both, and worked for hours making my first project. Thirteen years ago, inspired by the love for Kimberly, my soon-to-be wife, I hand-made a musical heart-box. It plays Edelweiss, the music of God’s Angels.
After a few more music and jewelry boxes, I bought my first lathe. In a day or so, I made my first bowl. It was crude and primitive, but this art form was thrilling. In no time, woodturning became my second greatest passion. Almost an obsession. Three times a week, I hand-turned wooden bowls. Pens too. Almost all woodturners cut their teeth with pens. They are easy and fast to make, but the creativity is limited. The wide variation of bowl shapes is endless. So began my passion with hand-turned bowls, wooden trays and lidded boxes.
The prices for figured and burled wooden blocks is outrageous. I learned early to scavenge logs 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 lidded bowls. All different types of woods too. Never do I 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 and Christmas gifts, for wedding presents, 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 seems within reach. Now we are fat with woodturning inventory. One-of-a-kind trays and wooden bowls are everywhere. 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 of figured and burled lumber. Each hand-made bowl 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.
How We Do It
Most blocks of wood we cut and process onsite. Using the lathe, we rough-turn the shape thickness to 1½", add a processing agent, then set it aside for six months to a year to dry completely. We hand-turn and finish the base, flip it over, and glue the dried rough-turn to it. We hand-turn the bowl into its shape, adding a lip to most for stability. We complete the lidded bowl with either polyurethane or a special wax and shellac finish. Finally, we fit the vessel with a matching lid. Making each wooden bowl takes a great deal of time and effort, but is worth every minute.
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Our Mission Statement
Artistic Wooden Bowls
Hand Turned Lidded Bowls & Platters