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Spring is a wonderful time in NY, the weather warms up, the flowers bloom…and stuff gets built.

Rhinebeck is an adorable hamlet on the Hudson river about an hour and a half north of the city, it features colonial and gothic architecture, cute, bustling shops and an amazing Pilates studio.

I had the privilege of building the front desk for said amazing studio, in this charmed hamlet. It started with locally sourced, spalted Maple that was beautifully figured and had dark lines of “spalting”. Then, I added some birch Plywood to match the existing furniture. The final step was creating a “charging station” where students could leave their cell phones, while escaping into the Pilates peace of mind.

 

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PHX Start Up Week

Start Uprising…

I spent this week in a very different way than most, at a business conference focusing on Start Ups. Being a carpenter for most of my life, this is strange new territory… But, as a small business owner it was insightful and inspiring. Admitting you do not know or understand things can be difficult, but the administrators and other attendees were open, honest and understanding of my slightly different place in the ecosystem. I learned that many of the challenges I face are universal to most in the business community, and that understanding those challenges are the first step in conquering them. I learned authenticity, storytelling and connection are near universal. I learned lots of new language, ideas and concepts and met many wonderful, helpful and kind people.

I would Like to thank APS and Airbnb for my room for the week, Chase,Galvanize, Grand Canyon University, Arizona Science Center, The Quad, and ASU for hosting, as well as all the administrators, speakers and attendees for a truly profound experience, that will affect the way I see Business for years to come.phx-start-up-week-ic-furniture

Bar and Bench.

 Douglas Fir Bar and Bench

Reclaimed wood from the white mountains, steel legs adjuster foot. It is 5’2″ long 34″ tall and 13″ wide…

Available now.

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Industrial Craftsman Furniture Steel and wood bench with matching bar Handmade By Bill Hemphill

Step by step hand Bill’t…

Recent Projects.

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Star octahedron in maple Table 
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                                   Hidden Shelves

 

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Star Octahedron Sculpture
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Octahedron in Tiny Table
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Tetrahedron Tiny Table
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Black Star
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Hyperbolic paraboloid table.

 

ONE TREE, ONE CRAFTSMAN

ONE TREE is a collection of furniture made from a single Mesquite Tree.

The “ONE TREE” collection will be on display at Ice House Phoenix, during Urban Organics.

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20160914_185551Starting with a Chilean/Argentine Mesquite tree milled by Todd Langford, I set out to create a complete collection.

img_1105-copyThis collection will include:

A living room set- side table, coffee table, 2 end tables, and 2 tiny tables.

A patio set- bench, 2 end tables, and a patio bar.

 

This wood is deeply figured and unique, the colors and grains show though in a vivid manner. The pieces within each set are cut so you can see where in each slab they came from.

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Urban Organics– October 7th at 6:00 pm

Featuring: Joe Holdren, Scott Woodward and Myself

The Icehouse 

Arts Organization
Address: 429 W Jackson St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

 

 

 

Building Bridges!

Building Bridges from Phoenix to Brooklyn to Ghent.

In early spring I was Given an opportunity to travel to NYC, no real plans of what to do how to do it. So I packed  some clothes, a few tools and a couple of journals and headed out. This is a long story so I will break it up into a few Blog post, Kinda Tarantino it up a little. So first up will be Ghent, I spent a month working on a small 1840’s farm house where I would Build a bridge, work on a bathroom and try and find a few commissions. It was a large property with a 1840’s farm house, 7 or so out buildings and a stream through the west side. Which brings us to part one…

The Bridge.

The farm was the site of an old water powered saw mill, for the turbine powered mill they had build a sluice way, this created a fork in the stream, which created an “island” that would need a bridge. Using wood left over from when the saw mill was torn down, some found steel water pipes and some new steel I set off to build a bridge. The inspiration was from many places but, mostly a bridge crossing the Hudson near Kinderhook,NY.

Stream and a pile of wood.

Inspiration from Kinderhook,NY

Stream and Matthews studio

Building a bridge on dry land.

The stream and one piece at a time.

The Bridge is set.

Next in the series will be the farm, The Greater Hudson Museum of antiquated Farm equipment at Ghent, Why T is the man, and Industrial Craftsman Furniture East, also Known as Joe’s Garage.