What We Do
Set in Stone is a bespoke fabrication and design studio located in Chattanooga Tennessee since 2007. We specialize in concrete, wood, and metal for both residential and commercial spaces. Modern concrete isn’t what it used to be. It can be cast thinner while being stronger, it is exponentially more flexible and lighter than ever before. Between the seemingly infinite possibilities of our concrete, our metal fabrication and skilled woodworking we can provide excellent solutions for a variety of needs. Our mission is to make your job easier while staying true to your vision and providing the highest quality possible. Our passion is making; bringing beautiful materials together into engaging dialog with one another.
A Small Rant
We believe in a culture that values the individual and the work of their hand. We have a heritage of making in this country; a heritage that is largely being devalued and romanticized. Life is so much more than just what we own. What we own should be so much more than just stuff. Are we not nauseated by mass produced plastic perfection that is here today and tossed tomorrow? The fabrication of hand crafted goods connects us to our own humanity and to each other. We, at Set in Stone, are doing more than just making stuff, we are fighting against modern cynicism and a jaded consumer culture. Our craft tells a story; a story of locality, community and life. It is distinctive, reliable, and enriching to our spaces and to our lives. We believe that it is a reflection of our humanness.
Who We Are
Nathan is our fearless leader… more to come.
Wade is our venerable shop manager. He keeps things running smooth as butter while bringing a bit of comic relief. His father imparted a love of wood and working with his hands when he was a boy. Since then, he has built billboards, built furniture, sold furniture, and been a barber (among many other things). What he loves most at Set In Stone are the opportunities to make pieces that serve a purpose AND have subtle details; the kind of details that make them unique and beautiful. These pieces show that care and skill brought them into being. The welder is his tool of choice because of its immediate gratification, though he says it's because it makes him feel like a “big hairy man”. (Which, I am guessing, sounds like a good thing to him...) Wade is the kind of guy that doesn't shy away from a challenge and carries himself with a confidence that comes from a depth of experience. He is the guy you want running your shop.
Wade is a home grown boy from Soddy Daisy Tennessee, and he loves Chattanooga. He feels that it is the perfect size, being a “small big city”; offering a great community, an environment of innovation, and ample opportunity to spend time with his family outdoors fly-fishing, camping, and golfing.
He is also he guy you will probably talk to if you call or stop by the shop, so don't hesitate to visit.
Joel is our principle woodworker. He is the dust covered, crotchety guy in the corner. Just kidding (sort of). He is actually usually deep in thought or lost in some convoluted calculation. Joel is a true craftsman. His hands and head work in unison to create pieces that are strong, attractive and will last a lifetime. He prefers working wood by hand, leaving the machines quiet. This leaves space for a particular attention and awareness that allows him to best utilize the material’s natural strength and beauty. Machines have their place, but his wisdom is in knowing where that place is. Joel's favorite pieces to work on are dining tables. He sees them as tangible reminders that community is fostered over good food. His favorite tool is a Paolini Pocket Rule, not only because of its precise and true measurement but because it is a fine piece of workmanship in of itself.
Born and raised on Lookout Mountain, Joel’s local roots run deep. When he is not in the studio, you can find him resurrecting neglected motorcycles, reading a classic novel (don’t even get him started on the state of modern literature), or hanging out with his wife and daughters.
Austin is our jack-of-all trades and one of our primary concrete casters… more to come.
Blake is our jack-of-all trades and one of our primary concrete casters… more to come.
Buddy, “the father of decorative concrete”, is what you might call our mentor. We are grateful and humbled by the opportunity to be partnering with him and becoming a part of his training team. He is very much a part of all of our concrete heritage, a lineage we are proud of. From the beginning, his ideals of innovation and craftsmanship has shaped Set in Stone’s own identity and ideals. Buddy Rhodes definitely knows what it means to keep concrete honest, while exploring its possibilities.