IndustrialArtifact

Industrial Artifacts

Illinois, United States · 722 Sales

IndustrialArtifact

Industrial Artifacts

Illinois, United States 722 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Welcome to Industrial Artifacts, Where history meets home. We scour the old mills and factories of this country in search of unique pieces that helped in Americas industrial revolution.
We hunt with the sole purpose of finding attention grabbing items for your home, office or shop.
Visit us at our website for the full story and updates on our adventures!

Announcement

***Be sure to check out our feature on the etsy homepage***

www.etsy.com/blog/en/2013/featured-shop-industrial-artifact/

Welcome to Industrial Artifacts, Where history meets home. We scour the old mills and factories of this country in search of unique pieces that helped in Americas industrial revolution.
We hunt with the sole purpose of finding attention grabbing items for your home, office or shop.
Visit us at our website for the full story and updates on our adventures!

Nathan Rock

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Nathan Rock

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About

So this is how it started...

This story starts a little sad. In 1987, after an embezzlement, a divorce and a generally crummy run of things, my father had to shut the doors to his woodworking shop. As if that wasn't tough enough, he was forced to sell his beloved tools and machinery just to keep a roof over our heads. To a craftsman, there is nothing harder than the day you have to hand over your hammer. As I stated before, this was a bit of a rocky time.. It takes a hell of a man to pull himself up after that.
Being a woodworker, he had the unique ability to see not only the cost of a machine, but it's value. That being said, instead of auctioning off all of his tools, he opted to sell them piece by piece on his own. His tools had a story to tell, and he was the only one that could tell it.
After selling off his entire shop, he found that he had, (quite serendipitously I might add) fallen into a new career. From that day forth, he was a used machinery dealer. Due to the aforementioned money problems, he couldn't really afford a babysitter so every day was "bring your son to work day". As such, I spent most of my childhood in the shops and factories of others. My fathers success in this new venture was due in no small part to his ability to empathize with the folks now selling their tools. Death, disease, bad economy, retirement, if we walked through your doors, it meant they were closing soon. Everyday was peppered with a new story of how a business started and why it was soon to end. More often than not, people were saddened more, not by the closure of their business, but having to part with the tools and machinery they had spent their lives with. It was a strange way to grow up but someone had to do it.

In the coming years, I began working with my father (Pleasant St Machinery), which I still oversee the daily operations of to this day.
Industrial Artifacts was born out of a desire to bring some part of the stories I heard as a child into the lives (and homes) of others.
There's something beautiful about knowing that a lamp was there to witness someones lifes work. That a cart rolled hundreds of miles in one building. That a stool was used so much it's got someone elses butt groove in it (seriously, thats a thing).

Industrial Artifacts consists of Ethan Ridl who manages the shop and buys me lunch, Austin Cliffe who does most of the photography and internetting, Matt Grodoski who keeps us all in line, and lastly, myself, I do all of our purchasing and hauling as well as all of the keeping it real. All of it.



Anyhow, I won't drag this out, Thanks for reading and I hope you like what you see as much as we enjoy finding it for you:)

-Nathan

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Shop members
  • Nathan Rock

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, I'm The Guy That Makes Sure All The Nachos Get Eaten.

    I have spent my entire life inside machine shops, factories, warehouses, tool rooms, etc. Also, I have great taste. With that out of the way, you probably have a clearer idea of what I do and why I do it.

  • Ethan Ridl

    Maker, Designer, Curator, The Guy That Buys The Nachos

    Ethan manages the office and shop at Industrial Artifacts, as well as handling restorations and a little bit of everything else. He is a self-made chef, a 16-bit gamer, and nacho cheese aficionado

  • Fiscal Cliffe

    Maker, Designer, Man About Town With A Fancy Moustache..

    Austin Cliffe mans the camera and computer at Industrial Artifacts. He has a Bachelor’s of Industrial Design from UIUC . Creator of Crème DeMentia Bottle-Cap Contact Microphones, Austin is an illustrator, circuit-bender, home brewer, and drummer.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 1, 2016
Industrial Artifacts - Located in the Western Chicago land area. We deal exclusively in industrial and vintage lighting, seating, benches, tables and other found objects. We have a 20,000+ Sq. Ft. facility with new items arriving every day. Industrial Artifacts specializes in repurposing cast iron artifacts that have been abandoned or forgotten about since the machine age, and turn them into one-of-a–kind pieces that are unique and attention grabbing. These vintage industrial pieces are functional and growing in popularity. With our repurposed vintage industrial lighting, primitives, chairs, workbenches, and other industrial curiosities, you too can bring a piece of the machine age into your home, office, loft, or shop.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
  • Other Method
Payment
Accepted, Paypal, credit cards, checks, money orders.
Credit cards require authorization. Checks require clearing.
Custom orders require a deposit and balance paid prior to shipping.
Shipping
Items which are within UPS, USPS, Fed Ex guidelines are packed by industrialartifact.
Shipping costs shown are estimates. Tables with glass are crated and padded. I have shipped all over the
states without damage. The shop makes deliveries within reasonable distance. Convo for
further details and charges for a specific item.
There will be a 35.00 handling fee for any items requiring palletizing.
Any items requiring crating will begin at 75.00 on a sliding scale depending on size, weight, cost of materials, etc.
Refunds and Exchanges
Things that you will find on most of our items:
*Rust
*dirt
*grease
*character
*oil
*love
Please be aware that we only deal in Antique industrial items. If you are buying modern furniture from us, It's because it came out of a shop or factory and will have appropriate wear due to it's surroundings.

Returns are generally only accepted if an item arrives DOA or drastically described wrong. Other returns are handled on a case by case basis. There is a 15% restocking fee for returned items.
Additional policies and FAQs
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More information

Last updated on Mar 22, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Wholesale availability

We are able to supply wholesale lighting, seating, tables, and more. Please contact us by phone or email with your needs.

Custom and personalized orders

Custom orders generally require down payment and are non-refundable. Personalization of many items is available, please contact us with your needs. Additional labor/material charges may apply.

Do you have a storefront that I can visit?

Our shop/warehouse is located in DeKalb, IL. We are open to the public by appointment. Please call or email to set up a time to visit