Welcome to NRC Wood Creations!  NRC are the initials of Norm R Cowling who is the creative woods craftsman behind all of his wonderful wood creations.  As you will see on his products page he makes a number of different things; wood turned bowls that may or may not be splatted or have a burl, bowls that are made from segments of wood, bowls that still have the bark edge or live edge as well as cutting boards, pizza boards, games, pens, etc.  

If you are wondering where you can find NRC Wood Creations, Norm works with Jenni from Smith’s Infusion for all retail and wholesale sales.  To contact Jenni please reach out at www.smithsinfusion.com/contact-us/


Welcome to my site which lets you sample just a little of what I do.  If you are able to find my items at any Smith’s Infusion pop-up event you will have the opportunity to handle my items and really see the craftsmanship I put into everything I do.

If you are unable to attend an in-person event of Smith’s Infusion, my Sales Manager will be happy to help you out.  Her info is at the bottom of this page.

Meet NRC

Meet NRC, also known as Norm Roger Cowling, the creator behind the Wood Creations.

NRC working on smoothing out a segmented wood turned bowl

Norm has always loved building different things from all different pieces of wood.  Starting when he was about 5 years old, his mother would give him the wood boxes that fruit would come in.  He’d take apart these wood crates and construct something new from them.

When Norm was 18-years-of-age he started in construction where he learned a lot about carpentry and honed his skills working with wood.

Norm is now retired, living in Hibbing in northeastern Minnesota where in the summer you can find him golfing if not in his workshop, though the winters are long and he’s creating away.


Have you ever played Yahoo?  How about Farkle?  Both involve dice and I make both games.

How about Bark Bowls or Live Edge Bowls?  You never know what the edge of a tree will look like once made into a bowl.  These work as great gifts to give the men your life.  My customers use them to empty their pockets into at the end of the day.

Cutting Boards.  The larger one is just a hair larger than a normal sheet of printer paper, while the smaller one works great as a charcuterie board for a few guests.

Pizza boards.

Spalted Serving Bowls.  Did you know spalted wood is wood that is or was decaying?  When you turn spalted wood, you stop this process as you are exposing the wood to air, the air stops the breakdown of the wood and stops the decay process from continuing.  Most of the time the fungus is no longer present by the time this wood is found.   And in the case I have, makes beautiful bowls that work well for salads, popcorn, and other drier foods/snacks.

These would be my specialty.  Segmented Wood Turned Bowls.  I use a variety of different hardwoods in these pieces.  Like all of my work, no two are alike, however, this is more true with these.  These bowls like my other bowls can be made in a variety of sizes, I get wide, but these I can make tall.  My other wood-turned bowls that are not segmented are only as tall as the tree is wide.


Thank you for your interest in NRC Wood Creations.

If you are interested in seeing Norm’s work in person you are able to see his work at a variety of Smith’s Infusion pop-up shops in Northern Minnesota.  

If you are interested in purchasing retail or wholesale please contact Jenni at Smith’s Infusion on their website www.smithsinfusion.com/contact-us