We at Holmes Wilson Tables have made concrete furniture by hand for 25 years, constantly evolving our techniques and aesthetic. We are a humble two-person business located in the dense Redwoods of Cazadero, California.
We tend to draw on natural elements, especially leaves, to make impressions in the work. Visit the Leaf Library to see the kind of leaves we can make impressions of. Because our work is hand-packed, the concrete tends to have a slightly more mottled look than some other concrete furniture. We enjoy the character of concrete, rather than trying to make a uniform surface, though our tables are still smooth too the touch.
Concrete technology has come a long way, resulting in very strong, stain and crack resistance tables that can last a life time. We use Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GRFC) techniques that create strong but lightweight concrete, and VCAS, a recycled product that further increases strength while reducing the amount of concrete required. Between the longevity of concrete, and the relatively small amount of cement required compared to older techniques, our products are fairly green compared to most other furniture materials, which can often wear out in a few years.
Every leaf and every table is unique, so while you can request us to mimic another table we’ve made, we cannot guarantee its exact likeness. If a product arrives damaged, you can make a claim with the shipping company. We do not offer refunds for custom orders.
“Since the inception of Holmes Wilson Tables, I have tried to incorporate my art into the business. Antiquity — the wondrous spectacle of aging — is a defining aspect of my art, and it has found itself into my tables as well. Many pieces appear aged, full of crackles, while the structural integrity of the concrete is not compromised. Those who want pristine, Corian-esque surfaces may find my work disappointing. I’m always interested in working with those with adventurous spirits and collaborating with designers.”
“Joining Pamela as a partner of Holmes Wilson Tables and learning the trade of concrete in general has been extremely satisfying. Inheriting a family trade has become an increasingly unusual transaction in modern times. It feels like something that would have happened five hundred years ago, where I learn every skill associated with the work compared to learning one tiny aspect of a business like most jobs are like. Moreover, I am ever looking to further expand the horizon of our work, developing new techniques and aesthetics. As a student of philosophy, I enjoy seeing how I can appreciate the deeper elements of both the artistry and the labor, exploring the meditative, ancient quality of handcrafting furniture.”