Cole Hastings Tests a CNC for a Filigree Design Tabletop
August 11, 2015 | 9:24 pm CDT

Growing up in Philadelphia and attending college in rural Kutztown and Indiana Pennsylvania, Cole Hastings gained an appreciation for both industrial and organic aesthetics. "I use a variety of natural and synthetic materials including wood, metal, leather, and plastic. My designs are the products of more than a decade of studying engineering, blacksmithing, and woodworking. 

For example my “Camshaft Table” shows the industrial quality of gears and the milling of a camshaft using industrial equipment. The use of wood as a material in this object allows me to enhance the warm tones that create comfort in a home setting. In my work, I aim to bridge the gap between the objectivity of the industrial world and the intimacy of the home. By combining design elements from machinery and modern engineering with traditional woodworking and a warm palette of colors, my furniture is both stark and inviting."

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Bill Esler | ConfSenior Editor

Bill wrote for, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for

Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends and develops conference programs.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.