One of a kind hand-turned wooden bowls and vessels

Washington, D.C.

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Last updated on Aug 18, 2020

One-of-a-kind wooden bowls, vases, and hollowforms, hand-turned from locally-sourced urban forest wood. See more examples of work and read blog articles at


Rick Weil

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Rick Weil


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About Arcology

Sales 13
On Etsy since 2014

Arcology, because there are no straight lines in nature.

I opened Arcology in September of 2013, when my wife told me I couldn't bring yet another bowl into the house. The choice was simple - either stop turning wood or start selling my work. And thus .... Arcology!

The wood I use is all harvested from local trees that have come down in storms or that have needed to be taken down because of age or urban renewal. The species of wood available to me includes walnut, cherry, maple, oak, poplar, black locust, chestnut, ash, and a variety of ornamentals from parks and gardens throughout our area. Most weekends I can either be found in my "bowling alley" - my workshop where I turn wood into bowls and vessels - or running towards the sound of chainsaws in search of raw materials.

Every piece of wood I turn is like a surprise present; I never know what I'm going to find. Sometimes I uncover highly figured grain and variegated colorations from spalting, sometimes stress cracks and hidden rot that cause the piece to fly apart as I'm turning it.

My bowls and vessels typically are turned thin, made from highly figured and richly colored wood, sometimes inlaid with semi-precious stones and minerals, sometimes embellished by carving, branding, or dyeing, with splits, knots, voids, and bark inclusions that add character to the piece. My output is limited to a few one-of-a-kind pieces a week.

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  • Rick Weil

    Owner, Creator

    Hi, My name is Rick and I am a woodturner in the Washington DC area. The wood I use is a mix of native and ornamental species sourced from the DC urban forest. I specialize in one-of-a-kind high-quality bowls and vessels.

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Last updated on November 24, 2018

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
Returns and exchange details
Wooden objects are made from harvested wood and may contain wormholes, splits, discolorations, and other imperfections. I will not offer for sale an item that I consider defective, but any natural product is by nature imperfect. Please contact me via email if you have any questions.

If you are dissatisfied with your purchase because you feel that the item was defective, please contact me immediately. If I determine that it is in fact defective, I will be happy to work with you to refund the purchase price, less any costs I may have incurred. You are responsible for returning the item to me. All returns must be insured for their full purchase price. I will issue a refund, less my costs, once I have received the item and have determined that it has not been damaged in shipment.

If the item you purchase is lost or damaged in shipping, please contact the post office immediately to file a claim.
Shipping: I ship most of my pieces via USPS Priority Mail, insured. Most items in the lower 48 arrive within 1 week. If the actual price of shipping is less than what you paid, I will gladly refund the difference.

If you are not concerned about insurance (if it is damaged and not insured you have no recourse) and a speedy delivery, ask me to ship it the cheapest way in the order comments. I will gladly refund the difference between the actual price of shipping and what you paid on Etsy.