Yesterday I had an unusually fun excursion to a part of San Francisco that I rarely visit – the Outer Sunset – to meet with wood artisan Luke Bartels about a custom piece of furniture for a client. This funky neighborhood reflects by a diverse mix of ethnicity, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds and is bordered by Ocean Beach.The studio space/woodworking shop; called the Woodshop, is shared by four artists and a whole lotta wood!




Luke Bartels – Specializes in using reclaimed wood and already fallen trees to create one-of-a-kind furniture, shelving, art and you name it.

Work by all four artists (above). This shelving unit is made from poplar and cyprus trees and can be adapted to any specifications. 


Tree branch antlers.

Danny Hess – Builder/designer/owner of Hess Surfboards.

Josh Duthie – Transforms vintage and antique chairs.  His business is called chairtastic.



These industrial stools have a walnut seat and can be made with a back.

Jeff Canham – Painter and graphic designer.

Jeffcanham -jackjohnson poster


The Woodshop is about 3 blocks from the beach.  So close that you can see the surf from their front door.  I just couldn’t resist taking a minute to stop (literally and figuratively), take off my shoes and be here…



Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week!

photos: the urban farmhouse



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