Lifelong friends find success with handmade furniture business

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

ORLINDA, Tenn. (WKRN) – From concrete pouring and farming to furniture making, two lifelong friends have turned their hobby into a successful full time business.

Harris Green and Curt Chaffin went to high school together in Robertson County before they both attended college at Western Kentucky University.

After graduating college, Chaffin returned home to his home town of Orlinda, Tennessee, about 40 miles north of Nashville, to pour concrete while Green worked in the farming business.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

“On rainy days, I didn’t have anything to do and Harris lives about a mile down the road, so I would go visit him from time-to-time. One day I noticed he was building an Adirondack chair and we sat there and talked and you know – we can build these – we can make some money on our rainy days,” Chaffin recalled.

Five years ago, that rainy day hobby turned into Orlinda Furniture Company and the two men now specialize in custom made pieces mostly made of reclaimed materials.

“A lot of the lumber we’re working with is out of barns that are 100-years-old, so the trees must have been two or 300-years-old. It’s just old material. It’s just hard to find anything like it today,” Green said.

Chaffin added, “It’s very satisfying to see something that someone would have discarded and thrown it away, but you turn it around and there’s hidden beauty in the wood we work with.”

Not only do the pair use reclaimed wood to create their masterpieces, but also other unique materials.

“Tobacco sticks are a pretty big part of Robertson County; I was a former tobacco grower and used a lot of them in my operation. More recently some farmers are getting out, and there are a lot of tobacco sticks in this part of the world. So we’ve started building Adirondack chairs out of them, and they last a long time and they look really good. Just a really good looking outdoor chair,” Green said.

The best friends said the business has been rewarding in so many ways.

“It’s been very rewarding; it’s always nice dealing with people. People are so kind and giving us the opportunity to do these projects,” Chaffin said.

For more information on Orlinda Furniture Company, visit their website.