Cal Vander Kooi Artisan Hand Turned Wood

Mesa, Arizona

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Cal Vander Kooi

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About CalVanderKooiWood

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Elegant design, high-quality materials, and fine craftsmanship make each hand-turned piece a delight that will last a lifetime.

Made with a wide variety of woods and techniques, each of Cal’s pieces is an individual. No patterns or calibration are used during the process, as the artist carefully shapes each one with only his hands as guides.

Cal creates many of his pieces with a specific person in mind; he loves doing custom work. They’re made with 100% non-toxic materials and covered with a non-toxic, water-tight finish. They can be used and hand-washed safely.

Each piece is a true labor of love; they can take over a year to complete, from start to finish. First, he harvests the wood (usually, this is recycled from the debris of a bad Arizona storm) with his own hands. He breaks the wood into smaller, more workable pieces, and then allows these pieces to dry slowly. This part can take a very long time. Next, he turns the wood with a series of tools, and then he finishes the pieces by sanding, polishing, and finally sealing the pieces.

Cal’s work has just the right amount of tasteful sentimentality. Since each piece is 100% unique, you’ll never see another one exactly like it. They make perfect gifts for those special people and occasions:

Births of new babies

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  • Cal Vander Kooi

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Born in Minnesota, and raised on a dairy farm, Cal has always worked with his hands. He worked as a collision repair technician for 46 years, and loves creating, repairing, and building things. In '85, he and his wife Nancy moved to Arizona.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 18, 2022
I want you to be satisfied with your purchase! All items are handmade, and each product will have variation from one object to the next. This is natural and expected in handmade items, and adds to the natural beauty of the product.

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Returns & exchanges

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All payments are made with PayPal. Payment is due within 3 calendar days of purchase order. We will send a reminder on day 2. If no payment is received by the third day at midnight, the item will be returned to our inventory, and we will no longer work with you.

Sales tax will be applicable to purchases in which the client’s billing address is Arizona.

After you have completed your payment, we will notify you and send your item promptly. As with all of our products, it will come to you carefully and beautifully packaged, and ready for you to cherish!


Free USPS Priority shipping on all items shipped in the United States. All items will shipped within two business days (Monday – Friday, not including holidays) from the date that payment is received. All items are packed very carefully to withstand shipping.

Additional policies and FAQs

I am available for custom orders; just convo me with some details of what you would like. Custom orders must be placed a minimum of 30 days prior to when you need the item, to allow time for production.