"We make furniture, but we also build railroads. It all starts on the tracks when we get a rail renovation project. We reclaim sections of steel from industrial jobs and repurpose them into tables, desk, beds and other furniture.
We had to develop unique methods of historic preservation that fulfilled our personal commitment to sustainability and quality in order to be proud of the product that we create at Rail Yard Studios.
We've sweat on the tracks with a shovel in our hands and the sound of a spiking hammer ringing in our ears. We take pride in our work. And it is with pride that we pass it from our hands to yours."
— Robert Hendrick - Master Designer, Owner
FOUNDERS, ENTREPRENEURS & RAILROADERS
Left to right: Rick Turner, Rob Humphreys, Jim "Pop" Hendrick, and Robert Hendrick
ROBERT HENDRICK, OWNER
Industrial designer and entrepreneur, Robert Hendrick, founded Rail Yard Studios. He designs the company's furniture collections and is in collaboration with other artists, designers, and architects. He began the effort out of a need to round out the cyclical nature of the railroad contracting business he owned.
As a successful 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.
His passion for cycling, books, history, art, and design are evident in the company's product line.
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 another 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, Jim 'Pop' Hendrick can be found in the shop mentoring apprentice craftsmen. Pop provides a wealth of knowledge on woodworking techniques and has an eye for quality.
CHRIS CARTER- PRODUCTION MANAGER & ARTISAN
Master Craftsman Chris Carter leads the workshop. As a blacksmith and an accomplished welder, he brings amazing skills and a strong affinity for metalworking. An expert craftsman, he has an eye for detail and an unwavering commitment to quality.
New finishing techniques and fresh approaches to production methods are his specialties. After researching the history of 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.