Kevin Whetstone’s admiration of all things made by hand began with watching his grandfather cast tools in his workshop. Today, Whetstone’s own work incorporates all five elements of the industrial age: glass, reclaimed dimensional lumber, steel, slab, and cast iron. While his work may evolve from hand-drawn sketch to computer rendering, the production process has remained intact for hundreds of years. Each one-of-a-kind piece honors the past—from raw and reclaimed materials to time-honored techniques and tools. The pieces celebrate not only the material’s ingrained personality but also that of the space in which they will reside.
Wettrock Co.‘s pieces are customized to each purchaser—promising a personalized product that will perfectly fit within and complement your lifestyle. The work may be big and heavy, but there is a delicacy in the details that cannot be found in mass-produced furniture. Whetstone believes the past is alive in each piece he makes, emphasizing that timeless work should always be passed down from one generation to the next.
Midwest Home features local makers in each issue via The Collective. Find more on midwesthome.com/thecollective. Curated by Jerrod Sumner, founder of Brandtabulous, a Minneapolis-based marketing and brand storytelling agency that specializes in promoting American makers, including the one featured on this page. brandtabulous.com