Loki Design started out in a small section of an old cotton warehouse in downtown Athens, Georgia in 1996. From a little space and a few machines the business grew over the years, gradually taking over most of the premises. In the summer of 2014 the building was slated for demolition and redevelopment, and the hunt for another location began. After a short search a new home for the business was found in Comer Georgia. The present location is in a pair of buildings that housed a sewing mill from 1920 to 2013. This property has more room both for existing operations and for future expansion.
The shop is well equipped with high quality classical woodworking machinery, including a 39" wide belt sander, 16" jointer, large and small shapers, sliding table saw, multiple cabinet saws, 20" planer, lathe, drill presses, clamp rack, face frame easel, vacuum veneering equipment, Airless air assisted spray equipment for finishing, and a large collection of hand and portable power tools.
The company was started by Robert Beck. Robert was born in Denver Colorado. At the age of eight his family moved to Ames Iowa, after finishing high school he began college at the University of Iowa and later moved to Seattle Washington to complete his studies at the University of Washington. Following college he worked for a small, high end design build firm and learned his trade from classically trained Scandinavian carpenters. He spent time traveling in Asia and Australia, building log cabins in the mountains outside of Kyoto and refinishing sailboats in Queensland. He opened his first shop in Seattle in 1993. In 1995 he met his then future wife Amanda Lou Newton and relocated to Athens. Currently, Amanda Lou and Robert and their children, Cooper and Lilly live near the new Medical College of Georgia Campus.