Collection by Jaime Gillin

Inside Woodshop


We trekked to San Francisco's foggy Outer Sunset neighborhood to check out Woodshop, a collective of four artist and designers who came together through a shared interest in craft, design, and surfing. The studio consists of Luke Bartels, who creates custom furniture from local hardwoods; wooden surfboard maker Danny Hess; Josh Duthie, who reinvents old chairs with new ideas; and the artist and sign painter Jeff Canham. After I poked around the front showroom (open by appointment only), Bartels took me around their 2,100-square foot woodshop and studio, one of the coolest workspaces I've seen.

Here's the view of Woodshop from Noriega Street.
Upon entry, on the left you encounter a display of 'antlers' (made of branches), a wooden surfboard by Danny Hess, and...
On the right is a wall unit (custom-made by Bartels) displaying the collective's eclectic offerings: wooden surfboards...
Here's Bartels at work on a customizable bookshelf.
Beyond the retail space is a soaring workspace and woodshop that all four designers share.
Hess peeks out from his lofted mezzanine studio, where he creates "heirloom-type wooden surfboards, designed to be...
Hess builds surfboards "similar to how guitars are made: from the inside out." He uses materials like salvaged redwood...
Bartels, left, and Hess, right, demonstrate another use for tail block scraps: moustaches.
Canham with a recent side project, a collaboration with his Woodshop mates: thumb pianos with personality.
In Canham's studio, wooden drawers reveal some of his recent work, including commissions from Paper and Good magazines.
The thumb pianos later inspired these tongue-in-cheek art birdhouses, peppered with avian puns.
Here's what Duthie calls his "ideal find: a mid-century chair on the side of the road that's broken." He also finds...
Here's an 'after' photo: Duthie found this chair on the street, covered in paint.
Peanut, one of three pups in the Woodshop canine squad, looks quite stylish in his striped wooden tie.
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