“The majority of the wood I use is donated, is gifted,” Narloch said.
She has received wood from all over the United States. If some donates her the wood, her motto is to make them a gift, and then give it back to them. She’ll later take what’s left, create art and then donate to local non-profits.
Although the wood is donated, she will only use wood from a tree that are commonly found or local to the country.
She touched on an experience when colleagues brought her bark from an exotic tree, and it brought her to tears. “I’m in shock. I’m turning it and I’m thinking – I cannot.” She said. “for me it was really important that I didn’t do that. I sill have that wood…and I don’t even know what to do with it.”
She couldn’t even sell the wood because she couldn’t bare knowing she may have been a part of someone else turning it. “If I sell it, then I’m propagating the whole idea of somebody making maybe a dollar a day to cut that out of the rain forest in Africa.” Narloch Said. “Maybe I’ll ritually burn it or do something like that.”
She prides herself on utilizing what she calls “fractured pieces” or the ones other turners are afraid to use. “something beautiful can and always does come out of all of this.”
Narloch soon realized the demand for her pieces from first family and friends but then others who simply heard of her through word of mouth. That’s how Wood Owl Original Designs was born.
“[people] connect with the wood because it is fractured, and it’s split, and it’s got holes and it is damaged. She said. “I think all of us in some way are, I know I definitely am, especially after my fall.”
Based on experiences both personal and with the wood, she is learning that even broken can be beautiful. And thanks to this concept, put an emphasis on giving back through her business. Her slogan on the website is: I create. You buy. We donate. Simple.
The Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service, Advocacy center, The Wild Things Sanctuary, and SPCA to name a few, are all organizations that she currently is affiliated with and donates a portion of her profits to.
“I believe that everything happens for a reason, now the reason why I'm turning wood in my fifty’s I’m not sure.” She said. “But it has to be something”
Narloch’s pieces can be found on her website www.woodowloriginaldesigns.com.