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

Love Bench

Love benches are the perfect spot to sit, reflect and enjoy.

Perfect for two love benches add a beautiful accent to any patio, entryway or porch. Love Benches come in many styles and wood choices and start at $300. to order a  Love bench select a photo, wood type and theme. E-mail me @ wilhem13@gmail.com bench-steel-woodbench-steel-wood20160301_174232IMG_0625IMG_0621IMG_06171456168719857img_0914-editbenchone_wsIMG_0419_MG_5618_2

Arizona-makers
Cherrywood Bench
Bowling Lane-bench
Bowling lane Bench

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

 

 

 

The Buttes!!!

Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes

Three months ago I was asked to sketch up a few designs for the Buttes and see about building a few new tables for their patio. They liked what I presented. After a few meetings and conversations I started the build out. Working with some local saw mills (and one in Oregon), I set out to find the perfect wood. I chose many varieties: Black Acacia, three types of Mesquite, White Ash, Arizona Elm, Oregon Cottonwood, Maple, Grenadino, and Aleppo Pine. Next, I set out to design the bases, using 1 1/2 and 2″ square tube steel with wood inserts, one adjustable.  I trussed them in four unique ways using some custom iron, antique fence pieces, some bar stock and some unique craftsmanship.  Each table base is its own while following a common theme, so they match without being the same.  For the wood, I used some live edge and free forms, as well as cut some square.  By following the nature in each piece, the tops formed themselves into color and shape, contrast that gives the pieces even more dimension. The rustic, clean look fits well with the modern restaurant architecture set in rocks amidst a cactus garden.  Being given so much artistic freedom this project embodies the Industrial Craftsman style. 

Urban Lumber!

‘What is Urban Lumber?’ you may ask… Think of all the unique and interesting trees people grow here in the Valley. Then think about all the downed trees you see during monsoon season, when someone has to remove a tree because of where it’s growing.  Where do these trees go?  To the dump?  To the mulch or compost farm?  Why not to a local saw mill where they can be turned into lumber?  On my quest for new and different wood for a project, I found three sources of just that, lumber made from trees that grew in the city.  Imagine all the exotic hardwoods you could ever want grown right near home, no more cutting down the rainforest or national park near you, and the hardwoods are amazing.  I found Maple (from Oregon), Arizona Ash, Elm, Cottonwood, Black Acacia, and four types of Mesquite so different in color that it’s hard to believe they were the same type of tree. Talk about sustainable Local, Handmade, furniture built from renewable and beautiful wood.

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