About Ian Herdell

Cambrian Co. is a custom furniture and art studio located in Durham, NC. Each piece is designed and hand built by me, Ian Herdell, the artist and craftsman behind Cambrian Co. I specialize in residential and commercial furniture, built-ins, butsudans and artwork.

Because my studio is small, I am able to give each piece the care and attention to detail that heirloom quality woodwork deserves. Most of my work is made from solid North American hardwoods, although I also use shop cut veneers on some projects. I love to create furniture and art with tangible functionality and down to earth beauty. I am inspired by the beauty and structure of forms found in nature and I try to bring some small piece of that into my designs. I find that each tree has a story to tell, a snapshot into its unique life. My designs incorporate and harness the knots, splits, rot, spalting, special grain and sculpting done by insects, wind and weather. At times I also higlight these “imperfections” with inlaied shells and stone to bring more attention to them. This approach combined with exceptional craftsmanship allows me to create timeless, beautiful work for any space.

I enjoy spending time with each client as we explore their project. I listen and learn while also letting my experience guide us to a design that will fit comfortably into their life.

Please contact me to begin your project!

Ian

What Our Clients Have To Say

We had a number of pieces, both big and small, done by Ian over the last year. They are absolutely pieces of art and all of them exceeded our expectations. His designs are extremely well thought out. They are beautiful yet very pragmatic and useable. The attention to detail is spectacular. By the time each piece was finished we were already emotionally attached to it.

Dave & Cece Buchanan

On rare occasion you encounter someone who is a master craftsperson, as well as an amazing artist.  We were fortunate enough to hire such a person in Ian Herdell (Cambrian Co.) to make two side tables and a wall table for our home.  Not only are the pieces Ian designed and built stunning, he was a joy to work with during the process as well.  We highly recommend him!  
Dee and Ron Anderson

Our breakfast bar looks as good today as when installed a year and a half ago, and that is excellent! It is a central point of pride that we take in our new kitchen. It is always commented on for its beauty and craftsmanship by guests in our home. We particularly enjoyed working with Ian in the design stage and the final result was better than we had imagined.

Thanks again for your great work in our home!

Bill & Gin

We worked with the Cambrian Co. on a hospitality project in Central OR.  Ian, the owner, was very meticoulous and professional in executing all the specifications provided for this job. Our Design Firm will definitely endorse Ian’s expertise and careful attention to detail, were very pleased with the final results.
RCI Inc. Design Consultants.

I just wanted to say thank you again for the amazing buffet.
Marc and I love it so much and we have gotten so many compliments on it. We just bought a vintage mirror to hang above it at the Alameda flea market on Sunday and it looks amazing.
You have really helped us create our dream home.
Sarah and Marc

The butsudan arrived last night and is truly gorgeous. I love the inlay–I’ve always had an affinity for oak trees and the butsudan’s doors are very special. I will spend many hours with my gohonzon and butsudan.

Thank you so much for your craftsmanship.

Kathy

I have received my butsudan and set it up, and I just wanted to let you know how beautiful it is and how much I appreciate your fine craftsmanship.  It has been my pleasure doing business with you.  Nam myoho renge kyo, and thank you so much! 

Suzi

We originally purchased 2 pieces by Cambrian Company at a local artists collective. We were so pleased with the detailed craftsmanship from the joinery to the finishes, we contacted Ian to commission five additional pieces. As for communication, Ian “listened” attentively to what we wanted, he came to our house to measure and assess what woods would flow in our craftsman home. Ian asked us a number of questions aimed at ensuring we would be satisfied. He left nothing to chance.

 Ian custom built a 7 foot long dresser for our bedroom which is simply stunning.  His attention to detail from the custom marquetry design to procuring special pull knobs from France to match our existing cabinetryresulted in a one of a kind piece of functional art that we’ll enjoy for a lifetime.

 Ian’s craftsmanship is utterly sublime — it is absolutely perfect.  Each item is an art piece onto its self.  We highly and enthusiastically recommend Cambrian Company to anyone looking for fine wood craftsmanship, and we plan to use him again ourselves in the future. 

Pam Jones/Art Lehman

Ian created a most magnificent Butsudan. His outstanding artistry with wood brings his creations to a splendor that lifts the soul conveying beauty and grace. Thank you Ian from the bottom of my heart.

George

Hi Ian! This is a long overdue. Thank You for creating my beautiful Butsudan! It is such a piece of art. I recently moved from RI to Myrtle Beach SC and discovered one of the woman here that I practice with in the SGI has one of your Butsudan’s as well. Her’s also has the Lotus Flowers like mine. Isn’t that uncanny and great! Small world.

Doreen

Ian, it is beautiful. The craftsmanship and attention to detail are remarkable! I have a group coming over tomorrow to assist with enshrining the gohonzon into it’s “new home”.

Thank you!

I just wanted to say thank you for the gorgeous butsudan.  You packed it so well – which was great, because the box was dented up when it arrived, which made me a bit worried but when I opened the package, everything was wrapped so well that it was in perfect condition.  My fellow group members saw it yesterday and were amazed at how gorgeous it is.  They wanted to know your website so I have passed that on.  It really is a work of art. Thank you for putting so much care and craftsmanship into it!

What a Buddha FuLL Work of Art!!!!! I am exceedingly pleased with my new butsadan 🙂 I am bathing in the positive vibe of the beautiful wood, and the deep attention to detail.
Edward