Bill Bale, Furniture Designer

Artist Statement
I use the past for design inspiration, but build for the present. I specialize in modern interpretations that respect the fundamental look of 100 year-old originals. I include elements such as vertical lines, square motifs, corbels & broad over-hanging tops familiar in the work of the masters, but I also keep in mind I am making furniture to fit modern needs. Comfort and convenience are equally important as aesthetics.


Bill Bale is a custom woodworker living in rural South Central Wisconsin. Combining his love of Arts & Crafts style furniture with 20 years woodworking experience, he founded Sandhill Designs in 1995. His passion for Arts & Crafts furniture began with an old Mission Oak rocker he bought at an antique store in 1976. About that same time, his father-in-law introduced him to woodworking. Over the past fifteen years, Bill has created his own line of fine bedroom and living room furniture. Sandhill Designs is a one-man shop. Over 700 pieces of his work reside in homes nationwide. Bill enjoys the custom design process and takes pleasure in helping people realize their dreams.