Rich Farwell has been at it for a while.
“Starting in Junior High, in the late ‘50s, I made my first project.” It was a saltbox: 3/8” solid wood, butt joints and a lid hinged using two small brads. It was a nice little shaker style box designed to hang from a nail on the wall. After a very long hiatus that covered high school, work in photography, Vietnam, a degree in business at Cal Poly, marriage to his sweetie Debbie, and the birth of their two children, Richard got back at it. After two years of working in a one-car carport and doing craft shows, he got lucky and was accepted into the brand new Fine Woodworking program at College of the Redwoods (1981 thru1983).
“I thought I knew a lot and did good work, but the Fine Woodworking program really taught me how to achieve fine craftsmanship.” It was three more years in the carport and working for others part time before Rich moved to a commercial space in 1987 where he’s owned and operated Los Osos Woodworking for 23 years. Shop work has cut a wide swath but the more notable works have included hand laid veneer tables, entertainment centers, unique armoire doors built for a friend that led to a complete kitchen for another client. In more recent years, the shop has produced hundreds of Frank Lloyd Wright designed lamps. The Wright lamps have led to the development of a line of Craftsman Style lamps using Cherry, exotic veneers, and hand painted silk.