A Chattanooga business wanted to spruce up his restaurant with one-of-a-kind furniture, but the trouble is, he couldn't find anything quite unique enough.
So his idea turned into a whole new business called Industrial Farmhouse that is booming by turning old wood into new creations.
Outside Industrial Farmhouse, these reclaimed beams may be splintered and grey but their possibilities are endless. "We keep that rustic look but we always add metal with our wood to give it the farmhouse feel," says master carpenter Steve Luttman. He takes what some would call wooden trash from Chattanooga's abandoned buildings and turns it into a customer's treasure. Luttman says, "each individual piece that we make is always different. They might look the same but they are always different."
Tables, couches and bar tops, for homes, restaurants and businesses start in this downtown workshop. Tabletops made of walnut, maple and countless other woods come from the handiwork of Luttman and the mind of owner David Mitchell. "I got to a point where I got tired of making things fit and we decided that we wanted to start making our own," Mitchell says.
The one-of-a-kind pieces get a few rounds of sanding and then a few coats of teak oil for a finish. The metal details are cut by hand, and added throughout.
"We are using reclaimed wood, new wood and mixing it with metal," says sales manager Amy Adams, "so it's a sleek, modern, urban, old look all together."
A look that is showing up not in Chattanooga but across the country. "It's the quality," Mitchell says, "it's the pride. It's the history of people growing up in this community and being able to be a part of really growing it to what it is today."
For more information on Industrial Farmhouse, click here to visit their website.
By: Latricia Thomas