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.
Until recently the front doors were almost always locked while we toiled away in the back. There was an air of mystery around the shop. Based on what people could glean from peaking in the window of our dusty showroom, passersby made guesses as to what the Woodshop was. Some thought it was a classroom, others a workspace for rent, many suspected something more nefarious. But in the heart of a city surrounded by tweets, likes, and driverless cars, they all seemed to gravitate to the story of a collective workspace where people still worked with their hands.
lukebartels.com (Coming soon? Maybe?)
3725 Noriega Street, San Francisco, CA 94122
(Showroom currently open by appointment only)
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Photo: Corban Campbell