Self-taught craftsman Moore finds reward in custom-built furniture
Scott Moore’s hobby turned into his livelihood. The self-taught craftsman began shaving wood and building small pieces as a creative outlet back in 2004, and quickly became so enamored with the work that he quit his job in sales to concentrate on the craft full-time.
Now, nine years after Moore put together his first coffee table, the Saddlecreek Design founder holds both a showroom and a workshop in downtown Franklin. He said he’s using his background in marketing to give customers a different take than most built furniture companies.
“I’ve always enjoyed the idea of having something tangible that you can see when you are done working, and creating furniture or custom environments definitely carries that reward,” he said. “I know that there are a lot of guys who can build stuff, but what I am creating is a superior client experience. The process of custom building allows them to be part of the process from the initial design to the finish.
“In essence they are the conceptual architect, and I assist them with knowledge of what can and can’t be done.”
Moore’s custom design and furniture company specializes in fine pieces and casework, and everything – including needed manufacturing – is done locally. The firm often uses reclaimed or exotic materials, and Moore works through all combined mediums, including steel, iron and glass.
He said that nearly every piece he creates is an original design, and each one is a reflection of the clients’ personality and their style.
“I rarely create the same design more than once, maybe only a handful of times. We create heirloom quality furniture that is specific to each client and will last for generations,” he said. “That’s what I try to reinforce – that you can build exactly what you want, and that you’re essentially building antiques for the 22nd century.”
Though the Atlanta transplant only moved to Franklin a few years ago, he quickly expanded his small workshop off of U.S. Highway 31 to an additional showroom on Columbia Avenue. The additional space displays Moore’s talents to homeowners and design professionals by appointment only, and displays a blend of modern, traditional and contemporary pieces.
When it opened in April 2012, Moore enlisted O’More College of Design students to produce the space through store layouts, storage ideas, design elements, color schemes and bought décor items.
“It’s an inspirational space. It shows the different textures, styles and finishes Saddlecreek can produce, and it was an important expansion for me. It’s everything from traditional casework to hand-forged steel bookcases,” he said. “I wanted to use O’More students to create the space initially because it’s incredible that we have that resource in downtown Franklin, and what better way to get original ideas than from those who are studying it.”
When Moore moved his family to Franklin from Atlanta in 2010, he immediately began to plug into the community through festivals and fundraisers. This Saturday, a mid-century modern wine bar – designed and created by Moore – will be auctioned at Three Blind Vines, an annual wine-tasting event presented by the Next Generation Heritage Foundation and Puckett's Boat House. Proceeds from the piece, worth more than $2,600, will go towards the Next Gen organization.
Moore said he appreciates those opportunities, because it reminds him of what makes downtown Franklin special.
“The move to Franklin was a family-first move for me. This is a great community and I’m happy to be part of it,” he said. “We live in small-town America, and one that’s vibrant because people support Main Street and local, small businesses. That’s something rare.”
This is part of a series on merchants in Downtown Franklin. To read more, visit www.downtownfranklintn.com.
Posted on: 2/22/2013