West of Main
Growing up my father was not a craftsman by trade, however, he was very handy and as a hobby he built furniture. I learned at a very early age how gratifying it was to work with your hands to create something.
Approximately 2 years ago, my wife was contemplating buying a new dining table. When she showed me the picture from a popular big retailer I said, "I can build that.” So I did.
My wife posted a picture on her social media pages and before long I had more orders for tables then I knew what to do with. I expanded and adapted to other furniture and decor. Soon I had orders for more furniture and decor installations than I could keep up with.
So I decided to leave my 12-year career in law enforcement and open my own business. I gravitated towards the new developing downtown Alpharetta area to be able to bring my talents to the new exploding residential area what I felt would be home to residents that desired and respected local hand craftsmanship.
A lot of my specialty wood comes from North Georgia saw mills. Every piece of wood is hand selected for each project. I also actively hunt for old barns and buildings that are in being torn down with the current massive residential construction boom. I get a lot of my reclaimed wood this way. I try to rescue this old wood as often as I can.
Reclaimed wood is my favorite wood to work with. Even though it is significantly harder and more time consuming to work with (removing from buildings, removing nails, planning, drying) the finished product has a patina and feel that you can not replicate with dimensional hardware store lumber.
I design and discuss projects with my clients either in person in my shop (furniture) or in their home (decor, etc.). I have chosen to only work with clients who take the time to meet in person and understand and respect that each piece is handmade. I have found that miscommunication often occurs when trying to design a piece for someone without doing a face to face. My goal is to make a one of a kind piece for my clients that they will cherish for years.
-Russ Orrick, Founder