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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

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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)

 

1 Year Anniversary of Welcome Chicken + Doughnuts !!!!!!

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.

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ICF / Botanical Gardens Plant Sale

In a collaboration with Desert Dragon Studios, I brought some Industrial Craftsman Furniture pieces to the Desert Botanical Gardens. These were pieces to help create a beautiful garden space and included a Plant Stand, Bench, and Outdoor Table.  They help to create an outdoor room in any garden!

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BBQ Season is coming!

With only 23 days until fall weather will be warm and the evenings perfect. It is time to dust off the grill and start BBQ season. We are looking forward to 9 months of outdoor living. Are you ready? Now is a perfect time to add a little touch to your outdoor space. Do you have enough seats? BBQ grill? Table or a bench? Planter or trellis to set the mood? or maybe a lawn sculpture. At industrial Craftsman Furniture I send a lot of time building out door spaces. Add some ICF to your garden party this spring.

 

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Get the party going with an outdoor bar! Bars starting @ $600
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Benches are a perfect seating option! Starting @ $150
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Custom BBQ Rad build ins available!
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Epic Planters!
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BBQ Table! tables start @ $300
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Add some style with a Rad entry gate!
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Custom landscape! Trellis and boardwalk!

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