Good Wood Hunting!

Looking for the perfect piece, searching for the perfect piece…

Finding the right wood, whether looking through a dumpster, a wood pile, or some freshly sliced timber — knowing what you are looking at is an art.

Identifying the species, age, growth pattern —  is it Dry? Cured? Kilned? Is it an “Old Growth” tree or Urban Forested?

 

 

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Juniper From Jerome

 

Three main ways I get wood.

ONE

Urban forested: These are yard trees cut down or blown down, which are milled into useable slabs. Usually has one or both live edges.

 

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An Entire Mesquite tree from Sun City
Slabs of Cedar
Himalayan Cedar

Walnut For Barrio Gran Reserva

 

Assorted woods and wood shopping.

TWO

Urban Foraged: Wood found in dumpsters, ally ways, or curbside.

With all the remodels in historic neighborhoods If you are careful you can find some real “Old growth” treasures.

Dumpster score with Miss Bane in Coronado.

In short I use many methods to get the woods I use, but I want them all to be as beautiful and sustainable as possible. Knowing what is useful, what is not, what is firewood, what will not burn.

This entire show was found wood.

THREE

Reclaimed: Found in yards, or online purchased, maybe even from a “barn wood store”

This wood is usually old, either a demolished building, or someone was storing it for quite some time.

Green Goddess house of herbs was all reclaimed wood from a Bar in New River.

 

Old growth Fir “found”

 

Kitchen and bridge in Ghent, NY made of wood found on site.

 

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About me.

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.

 

 

 

 

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Zoo Micro Nursery

 

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Early inlay
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Early table, Found base, bowling lane top.

 

 

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Early table and cactus planter.
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One of the first “craftsman”inspired tables.

 

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Newer Industrial Craftsman style. Complete with signature W.
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The Boys.
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The boys and I.

 

 

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Much happier me. (photo credit Miss Bane)

 

Candle Holders!

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

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Candelabra featuring Solar Love pillar candles

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Miss Bane’s Bed!

After a year of a mattress on the floor, Miss Bane finally convinced me to build her a bed (she says it is ours).   It is made of new steel, a Clarendon Hotel balcony rail, reclaimed redwood, and some very serious bolts.  The wooden feet allow it to move easily on tile scratch-free.  The dramatically  tall height gives it an “Alice in Wonderland” feel.  I find myself inspired by Moorish tile work, so I put a “star of squares” in it.  With such solid construction, the bed is completely “rock free”.  Beds start around $900 (minus Moorish stars).

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Nice reclaimed redwood and Carriage bolts soften the appearance.

 

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Gusseted frame with serious bolts prevent “rocking”.

 

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Moorish 8 sided star represents harmony and balance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Detail of star. (+ cat tail)

 

Featured Tiny Table

This tiny table is made from Ponderosa Pine from the Verde Vally. It is 16″ x 10″ and 18″ tall. Tiny tables are stylish and very functional, they sit in a corner and are easy to carry around a room. They hold plants, or beer well. It is a perfect first piece of custom Industrial craftsman furniture. At $65 there is no reason not to take this beautiful piece of handmade furniture home.

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It is 16″ x 10″ and 18″ tall.

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Miss Bane’s Top Ten

Why Miss Bane loves her new dresser so much:

1) There’s TWO lucky pennies in every handle

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2) Reclaimed Cherry Wood from golden times

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3) Reclaimed Cedar.  (It’s biblical)

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4) Reclaimed Redwood. You could almost hug it.

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5) Angles like a Tron haircut

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6) Wood and steel slopes

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7) Strong handles with shiny tips

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8) Drawers upon shelving

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9) Secret side drawer for all kinds of wonderful things

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10) The dresser has a soul!!!

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