Located in San Francisco's Outer Sunset district, Woodshop is a workspace and showroom for four craftsmen and designers. Danny Hess makes wooden surfboards, Luke Bartels builds furniture from locally sourced materials, Josh Duthie designs chairs and stools, and Jeff Canham paints signs and artwork. We have been working together under the same roof since 2008 and are miraculously still on speaking terms.
Like many other artists and makers in the Outer Sunset, we were drawn to the edge of San Francisco by the lure of being able to stand with one foot in the urban environment and the other in the frigid Pacific. The neighborhood offers a mix of small beach-town quaintness within a larger cosmopolitan context; the streets are quieter, the neighbors say hello, and the bustling heart of the city is only a slightly ambitious bike ride away.
The front doors are almost always locked while we toil away in the back so passersby have to guess what the Woodshop is based on what they can glean from peaking in the windows of our dusty showroom. Some think it is a classroom, others a workspace for rent, many suspect something more nefarious. But in a city surrounded by tweets, likes, and driverless cars, they all seem to gravitate to the story of a collective workspace where people still work with their hands.
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3725 Noriega Street, San Francisco, CA 94122
OPEN: By appointment and sometimes on Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00—6:00pm.
Photo: Corban Campbell