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…
Step by step hand Bill’t…
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.
‘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.
Hi everyone, I’m Bill Hemphill, the Industrial Craftsman.
Every piece of ICF furniture is handbuilt by me in a small studio at my cottage in Downtown Phoenix.
The Industrial Craftsman story begins at a time when I was a union carpenter, and as the recession hit, I became a stay-at-home dad with two babies.
While helping a friend on a Micro Dwell (tiny house) concept, I was invited to start a small cactus nursery in the parking lot of his art gallery, known as The Hive. Aside from tending these plants, I built furniture from alley scraps that I found on my way to work. One day while foraging, I came across a unique wood table, it was really old and well built. I discovered it was a Gustav Stickley circa 1910! This led me to study his work, where I found so many themes I could relate to, including— a man should enjoy his work, nature should be valued, and workers are craftsman. Inspired by the clean lines and use of quality materials.
So I began to study the turn of the century Craftsman Movement, from Macintosh and William Morris, to Greene and Greene and Stickley. I found myself not only drawn to the design but also to the underlying philosophy of quality, simplicity, craftsmanship and usefulness of each piece. My nursery became more and more a workshop, until it no longer fit my art gallery surroundings. I did some great work and moved my shop to a newfound home at the cottages. I continue to build and study, finding some success. My style began to evolve from furniture of scraps to something that truly resembled the Craftsman Movement. Although while still using repurposed material, it became something different, neither Industrial nor Craftsman, but something in the middle, like “Gustav Stickley with a welder”. That’s how the Industrial Craftsman style was born.
We’re at a time and place in the world where we can no longer afford to be wasteful by buying disposable furniture. The Industrial Craftsman Movement is about taking back the craft by putting it in the hands of the worker, while creating a quality product that lasts several lifetimes.
My philosophy is to deliver high-quality, custom, handmade furniture that serves the businesses and residents of my community. Because of its simple design and diversity of materials, I can create a beautiful piece to fit any budget. I aspire to have a piece of furniture in every home and business in my neighborhood, and I’m off to a good start.
A little over a year ago I was approached to do my largest project to-date. Welcome Diner was opening a new concept and needed a counter, 2 picnic tables, 11 benches, 8 table tops and a bike rack and… oh, a door handle. Using glue-lam beams, some steel and some style, I collaborated with Sloan McFarland to create something beautiful and slightly more modern than my furniture is normally. Today, as Miss Bane and I had a doughnut, I felt proud to have been a part of such a great spot on the Phoenix food scene. The Furniture still looks great, the food is AMAZING and the relationships with the people there are as important as the work we did. It is my personal goal to serve my community with beautiful, affordable, quality furniture. Thank you Welcome family for letting me be a part of your world.
Candles are a romantic way to make home feel like home. Whether you burn them for light, scent or ceremony, candles play a big part for many of us. So, Industrial Craftsman Furniture decided to give them a proper home in your home. These candle stands are made of parts and scraps left over from my furniture projects. They are unique, handmade, pieces of mini furniture for you to enjoy. Prices starting at around $20.
We also made the candles featured. Check out Solar Love Candles on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/solarlovecandles
Dining table made of ponderosa pine: It features a two piece live edge top, steel legs, cross braces, and wooden feet. It is a nice, thick slab of wood, solid, well built, and one of a kind. Completed with a natural finish of linseed oil and wax.
What’s better than a rad one-of-a-kind foraged, hand built diner table? The matching coffee table. Also featuring two planks, steel cross bars, wood feet and adjuster.