Our Story: Sustainability, Reuse, Preservation and History
The Story of Railyard Studios Custom Shop
Our People Have A Story - The Creators Of Rail Yard Studios
ROBERT HENDRICK, OWNER
Robert founded Rail Yard Studios and designs the company's creations. He began the effort out of a need to round out the cyclical nature of the railroad contracting business he owned.
As a serial entrepreneur, he fosters a passion for early stage product-driven companies. His professional credits include tech and healthcare IT ventures like EdgeNet Media, change:healthcare and Care Technology Systems.
He holds a BA in Industrial Design from Auburn University, and an MFA in Industrial Design from The Ohio State University.
ROB HUMPHREYS, OWNER
Rob Humphreys is a serial entrepreneur, cyclist, craft brewer, daddy, and lover of all things railroad. Rob works with clients to help them achieve their vision, whether it be a custom conference room or a statement coffee table.
RICK TURNER, OWNER
Raised a Nashville native, Rick Turner studied Building Science at Auburn University. Rick joined Rail Yard Studios in 2012 and serves as owner and helps manage the shop.
JIM "POP" HENDRICK, OWNER
As elder statesman, 'Pop' Hendrick can be found in the shop making sure the younger craftsmen get it right. Pop oversees techniques and helps make products to the highest quality standards.
CHRIS CARTER- PRODUCTION MANAGER & ARTISAN
Master Craftsman Chris Carter leads much of the shop work. As a blacksmith and an accomplished welder, he brings some amazing skills and a strong affinity for the working with metal. In addition, he is an expert craftsman who has already inspired fresh approaches with eye-catching results.
His contributions include a new finishing technique that scorches the wood. After researching the history on a fiery train wreck in Sydney Australia, he dubbed it the Sydney Ghost Finish . Check it out his skills and visit our blog for a more in depth look.