One evening while Spencer was enjoying a glass of whiskey at a favorite Knoxville bar, he was loudly talking about how much he loves whiskey. A gentleman came up after hearing his conversation and placed a bottle of whiskey in the center of Spencer's table. "try this" he exclaimed, and then proceeded to tell Spencer about a new distillery that he was a part of opening. Spencer jumped at the opportunity to build out Knoxville's first distillery, and he pitched them a design.
The bar: Fumed cedar planks running horizontal around the frame of the bar, spaced just enough to run a strip of back lighting in between the boards to highlight the beauty of the wood. A steal footrest runs the base of the bar and is treated with a gun-metal blueing to give it a mat black finish. Metal corners tie it all together and then top the whole thing with a copper countertop.
The Shelving: On the brick wall there was already some old steal hardware attached to the top corner of the wall, so Spencer worked with it. He fit these natural died hickory beams into the old hardware to be the grid for the shelving. In the beams he drilled holes for the large screws used as brackets. The shelves are adjustable, strong, and so good-looking.
Downtown Wine & Spirits opened downtown Knoxville in 2007. They have always carried a great selection of wine and spirits but in 2016 they decided carry cigars. They called Old North Designs in need of a custom humidor. This specific case needed to be half, a locked case for high end spirits, and half a moisture regulated cigar case. The upper half designer, Spencer utilized glass shelves to better show off the spirits while in the lower half the case is completely lined with Spanish cedar. Spanish cedar best regulates temperature and humidity while also preserving the flavors of the cigar. Spencer finishes it off with a unique vintage latch to give the case a tight seal. The exterior casing is made out of mahogany and lighting lined the interior corners to brighten up the display.
Once Downtown Wine & Spirits had a beautiful humidor, they were in need of another project, sturdy shelves for behind the register. Before the shelves they had, had collapsed once or twice and never looked good. But now these strong floating shelves allow for ample storage and make a bold statement for right behind the register.
This conference table for Dominion Development Group was custom designed by vice president of development, Peter Hall and Old North's designer, Spencer Ratliff. The stainless steal frame has been treated with a gun metal blueing that gives it a black finish to coordinate with the age of the barnwood. The barnwood top flows over onto the sides, inset the stainless steal frame. A large place of glass covers the barnwood so the work surface is smooth and without splinters. A leather center console also hold two wooden doors that provide easy access for cords and cables.
The Alley, a local Knoxville bar and restaurant, came to Old North to "rustify" their existing bar top. The solid oak top was generic and clashed with the style The Alley was going for. Old North came in, stripped it down, and completely changed the entire look of the bar top. Now this massive bar is unique and gives the impression it has been there far longer than it has been.
Jewelry Television contacted Old North Designs to build and install these beautiful round table bases for several offices in their building. These cherry bases have an elegant look while still being able to carry stone table tops weighing a few thousand pounds each. Old North Designs included hidden doorways in the bases below to access office cables that make this conference room not only gorgeous but technological.
A piano stand like this delivers the asthetics of an old piano and the versatility of a keyboard. Pianos are hollowed out to be an easily movable stage prop and custom fitted to hide the artists keyboard where the chords pass unseen out the bottom. Artistic painting can also be done to match album artwork.