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!

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

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

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Tree branch antlers.

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

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

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

Jeff Canham – Painter and graphic designer.

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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…

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Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week!

photos: the urban farmhouse

 

 

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