1:8 scale model of a concept for a new line of Rail Yard Studios furniture called the ”Derailment” series. Fun way to work out the angles when it’s just me in the shop for a day, and I have no help to lift and tote 150 pound timbers. Lots more detail to this one that the model does not give away. Stay tuned. This is going to be a fantastic piece!
Kudos to daughter Zoe. As I was shooting the photos, I wanted something that looked like ballast (the rock in the tracks). When I said, “What looks like ballast?” she thought about it for a second, then said, “Sea salt.” Nice touch.
Only drawback…my 8-year old daughter wants a whole line of Rail Yard Studios furniture for the Barbie dolls…sigh.
Rob Humphreys joined us as a business partner in both the Rail Yard Studios and Railroad Services businesses. He’s a fellow native Nashvillian, a seasoned business executive and a guy who loves to work with his hands. He handled corporate finance for First American Bank in his early career before spending time as a research analyst at SunTrust Equitable Securities in NY. Most recently, he was the CEO at United Fiberglass where he still serves on the board. He’s done lots more, and you can find out all about it on his Linked In profile here.
He’s also a technology genius - one of those people that bulldogs a technology problem until he nails it down. And he’s turned himself into a social media maven. We’re very fortunate to have him aboard.
And he’s got a great name, but it’s a little confusing. Both our initials are JRH. But he’s the second in his family and I’m the third, so he’s JRH2 and I’m JRH3, so at least we can tell ourselves apart.
We’ve posted the studio shots before, but here it is installed. Another one where the simple nature of it was so hard to arrive at, but so much worth the wait. CARNEGIE and TCI steel with a hickory timber separating the two.
The fish pillow on the sofa was done for us by our dear friend, Hobart Payne - calling him out for his incredible creative skills!
With a demand for authenticity, we insist that only railroad materials be integrated into a design. Furthermore, all of our products are completely “Made in the USA” and are crafted in large part by the same hands that work the railroad on a daily basis – honest, hard-working blue-collar laborers.
About the Designers
Robert Hendrick, Rail Yard Studios founder and designer, learned about wordworking and carpentry on the weekends from his father Jim. Together they are the father and son team responsible for the creations that come out of the studio.
Robert was inspired to create Rail Yard Studios after seeing century-old materials being scrapped by his railroad maintenance and construction company.
He received his undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from Auburn University in 1990 and his Masters of Art in Industrial Design from The Ohio State University.