About

Industrial Craftsman Furniture:

ICF is a small workshop located in Clarkdale, AZ, Set on a Hillside overlooking Sycamore Canyon. It is a small simple place, filled with nature, wildlife and inspiration. Where Furniture and sculptures are Built one at a time, by hand using simple tools.

Bill Hemphill:

Artist, maker, revolutionary I create every work of ICF furniture. It is important to me to build environmentally responsible products, that will last several lifetimes and leave a legacy my grandchildren can be proud of.

Wood:

The Heart of the operation, the wood I use comes from two sources, Urban Foraged: Found in peoples yards, alleyways, dumpsters by me personally. Or Urban Forested: trees saved from the landfill and milled for use. I use mostly desert hardwoods, mesquite, acacia, and eucalyptus. First, the bark is removed, it is planed and shaped. Next, It is sanded down to 600 grit. Then, it is covered multiple times in linseed oil over several days. Finally, it is waxed and my signature W is applied to the bottom. Creating a durable natural finish that is environmentally responsible.

Steel:

The Framework all ICF bases are steel for two reasons, one, its durable and once welded together should last a lifetime (or several). Two, steel  is easily recycled or reclaimed ICF uses both new and used steel as new steel is 90% recycled and found steel is reused.

Designs:

My designs are inspired by nature, geometry and my  imagination. Its hard not to be inspired by nature especially here in Verde Valley, where the river carved away a million years of limestone to create epic valleys and canyons. I see the beauty in nature, the rocks, trees, plants and shapes it creates. Geometry has always been an interest, the patters of telephone lines in the desert, the shapes of steel bridges, Fences and the patterns these create. I am also interested in stars, the platonic solids, golden ratio and the many ways humans try to understand the patterns in nature. Finally, my Overactive Imagination ideas creep into my mind and rattle around until I address them. Its starts with a thought, then I cannot get it out of my head until I create it.

 

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