A brief Biography of Phil Myer Limbert Tables - Ragsdale Lamps
Designer Phil Myer was born and raised in Battle Creek Michigan near Grand Rapids; one of the centers of the Arts and Crafts Movement. At a young age Phil exhibited a talent for wood working which he studied as a hobby for over 12 years before going into business in 2001.
Using quarter sawn oak as his canvas he is inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement. In particular, he is moved by the Charles P. Limbert company a group of Grand Rapids Craftsman who at the turn of the century created arts and crafts furniture and lighting. In the spirit of the time Phil has captured the charm of the Arts and Crafts Movement, while giving it a style of his own.
All of my pieces are the finest quarter sawn oak I can find. Each piece is made by hand and stained using a recipe handed down from the Charles P. Limbert Company. I re-started the Charles P. Limbert Company in 2005 as i was making many reproductions of the arts and crafts tables by then, and I envisioned a resurgence of mission area furniture. I felt it was fitting that the original company to make a comeback as the furniture was becoming more popular. As a kid in Jr. high I had worked on a mission lamp as my main project for the course, and then realized years later as I discovered arts and crafts woodworking that I was actually pretty good at it. In the year 1985 I had been building some of my first Limbert, Stickley and arts and crafts lamps and tables, and then later by 2000 I had gotten pretty good at it. Bungalow style or arts and crafts style or rustic style or mission style, or Stickley style came easy to me. The Limbert Company was near my home and the style flourished around the grand rapids area about 50 years before I was born. I don't know whether I had just seen a lot of the stuff when I was young or it was my German/Dutch heritage but I have to tell you folks that each piece is a pleasure to make, and i am thrilled to have my pieces in so many wonderful collections throughout the United States, Canada, The UK, and, South America, and Australia.