415 Upton Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49015
Ragsdale Home Furnishings is an old-style wood shop located in Lower Michigan. Phillip Daniel Myer, principal artisan, specializes in the original design creation and reproduction of high-quality mission lighting and tables. Phil Myer has designed lamps for Williams Sonoma, Rejuvenation Lighting, Warner Brothers, and has his work can be found in The Museum of Art in Los Angeles, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Offices in The Sears Tower, The Hancock Building Chicago, The Curator’s residence for the Florida State Senate Building, The Common Man Inn N.H., Gustov Stickley Home-Queens NY, Frank Lloyd Wright Apartment building in Oak Park Illinois, The Roycroft Copper Shop, and the Gamble House of Southern California University.
In 2001 I began reproducing tables by the Limbert Company. Limbert furniture was relatively unheard of at the time, and I became interested because their factory stood abandoned about 30 miles from where my woodshop was located. I did a lot of homework on them, and found they made a popular line of furniture that went together with many of the Kit-Home Bungalows that were popular from 1900-1920. We produced a new Charles Limbert Company Trademark in 2004.
Ragsdale uses environmentally friendly materials and processes. Our wood is drawn from private sustainable managed forests here and throughout the Midwest. We use genuine Mica which was originally mined near Asheville NC, and is a naturally occurring mineral. Our art glass is all manufactured in the US, and our electrical parts are all purchased from US companies.
Ragsdale produced fewer than 200 handmade lamps per year from 2001 to 2011, and since 2012 our lamps can be found at Rejuvenation Lighting, as well as the Roycroft Copper Shop in NY, Sugarhouse Furniture in Salt Lake City, The Kings Chosen Furniture in Ann Arbor MI, and Strictly Mission in Santa Cruz Ca. Our clients can be found in many great homes, business and restaurants throughout the USA, Great Britain, Canada, South America, and Australia.
I always have a lamp or two in the design stage, and I live in the details of my woodworking. I have a passion for the material in the sustainable designs I create and always have at least a dozen lamps waiting to be done, the next lamp is always just around the corner and who knows, maybe one day a masterpiece! These days I enjoy teaching and showing my apprentices that craftsmanship can be a lot less daunting than they imagine, to witness the enthusiasm in creating a piece of art that they are proud of is simply magical!