Smith Mountain Millworks
Tell us about your business.Smith Mountain Millworks is a wood working business, creating unique furniture pieces (beds, benches, tables), interior room architecture, and store pieces; such as counters, shelves & display tables. The focus of creating these things is utilizing Vintage & Salvage items. Incorporating all of these old items into the build allows the finished piece to look as if it has always been that way. Time worn character, scratches, dents and old flaky paint are what makes something better to me. Which is why these things are incorporated into each build project.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.My workshop is my 1950's one-car garage. It has everything I need to allow me to build & create each project. The workshop has evolved to have a lot of eclectic pieces all around - A full-size fake Bull Head, lots of beer lights from my college days, lighted jalepenos strung around, old Chevy/Dodge wheels caps, plus an odd variety of whatever! All of my current salvage pieces are stored towards the back (architectural exterior/interior trim, vintage soda crates, dynamite boxes, doors, ceiling tiles etc). My building space is the front 2/3 of the garage, but sometimes it spills out into the driveway. It's definitely a workshop that I look forward to creating in!
What inspires you?Old homes, abandoned old homes, interior millwork patterns, exterior trim detail, craftsmanship that happened routinely 100 years ago, in most every home, that seems to be forgotten now and seldom done.
What makes your business stand out?Creating furniture, interior architecture, store pieces, or anything hand-made that will stand the test of time. Giving each piece the detail that the customer doesn't expect, but notices right away. Giving the customer a hand-built piece that shows attention to detail, creativity & craftsmanship. Plus, giving them a reason to talk about Smith Mountain Millworks which, hopefully, makes it easy for them to refer me to their friends & customers.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?Continue to believe in what you're doing. Never stop creating and pushing forward to your goals for a successful business.
What does American Made mean to you?It means standing out from the crowd, creating something that makes a person ask, "is that new or 110 years old?" Detail & originality are timeless and concentrating on those aspects garners attention that says to me "American Made".
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