As you are most likely aware, Thrasher Works is hoping to participate in the competition to win one of twelve $250K grants offered by Chase in their Mission Main Street Grant program. Individuals have the opportunity to vote for the small business they would like to see 'make it big'…for their business and their community. We hope you will consider voting for Thrasher Works...we need a few more votes.
To sway your vote, here is a bit of background about Thrasher Works: our company, what we stand for & what we hope to accomplish.
After graduating from UTA’s architectural program in 1997, Bart started a small business called Office of Urban Renewal with the focus on residential design, renovation and construction. For years, this was a one-man-shop concentrating on residential construction 'done right'. By this, I mean that Bart constructed his projects whether they be bathroom remodels or handyman repairs, with the highest quality. Believe me, this is a man that measures everything by the 1/64th of an inch while I like to simply round up, like the rest of us!
Excitingly, over just this past year, we re-branded the business to help promote our new focus: high-end design in custom furniture, cabinetry, and design. It also morphed into a partnership...no longer a one man shop. Hence the website, the blog, and my various posts that try to explore, or at least recognize the never ending design ideas that pop into my head. Thank you Bart...I'm certain you have already reaped the benefits of quieting the beast.
Due to our collaboration, we are producing our own furniture line and making arrangements to sell our custom pieces in local shops in the Dallas Design District, the Dallas Museum of Art, and directly through our website. We have also continued to focus on building custom cabinetry that is far and above what you would ever hope to buy from your big box retailer. We prefer to review the drawings your architect produces and then work with them hand-in-hand to create the best possible space.
Now...for the bigger picture. We hope to take our shop one step further by becoming an physical presence in the local artisan scene. After moving to Oak Cliff just under three years ago, we are hoping to establish our roots here: our family and our business. Currently, we rent a shop that is not far from home but far enough to desire closer. Rather than being in an industrial area, we'd like to set up shop in one of two places: Oak Cliff or the Dallas Design District. We've actually identified a place in Oak Cliff situated between the artsy fun vibe of Bishop Arts and the downtown history of Jefferson Boulevard. Our.Dream.Shop. The location would allow us to have the shop + an actual showroom. I can imagine our handcrafted creations displayed within a room which we have curated every finish and refurbishment. It is the ultimate statement in design....well, outside of your own home.
This past year has been so much fun...and something of a relief. No longer is it a one-man-shop. Kevin Chapman, a master metal worker, has joined Bart to not only learn the art of wood working, but to enhance the artistry with which Thrasher Works can execute designs.
We are still discovering the ways in which this new media will push our aesthetic. Our new shop will have to have an area dedicated to welding and all those flying sparks...all outside a good distance from all the sawdust!
We have a lot of momentum building. From furniture, cabinets, and design build projects, we are doing what we love while delivering an incredible, high quality product we are proud to say is handcrafted in Dallas, Texas. I hope you will get just as excited as we are!