Meet Harry. Harry George Slutter, Jr. Otherwise known as Urban’s founder and fearless leader. Harry is the glue that keeps Urban together, the compass that sets Urban’s direction, the light that guides the journey and the energy that propels the team forward. He is the visionary who puts clients at ease with his intuitive designs but also has his sleeve’s rolled up working down in the weeds with his team. Harry has a unique ability to see other’s talents and strong desire to empower them to develop their skills. He has created a positive and fun environment dedicated to the quality product produced and also to each other.
Rule of the shop: The Tate’s cookies straight from the factory are his. Blink and you’ll miss ‘em.
Here’s Scott. James Scott McCoy. He’s the shop foreman, the one who makes sure stuff gets done and gets done right. Scott has an unbeatable work ethic, a tell-it-like-it-is spirit and a deep creative streak. He has a passion for quality pieces that inspire and a keen attention to detail. Scott takes pride in everything he does, including his devotion to eating jelly donuts and drinking hot chocolate. If he could get Harry to put away all the paperwork, life at the shop would be perfect.
Rule of the shop: Yellow mustard in the fridge? It’s Scottie’s.
That’d be Kevin. Kevin Dunne. Kevin is the resident designer, the guy who organizes the blueprints of Urban’s projects to ensure items are built properly. He focuses on engineering pieces that are both functional and inspiring. As attuned to detail as Kevin’s eye may be, his definition of a good cup of coffee is questionable at best. Kevin is a team player with an eye on safety and a dedication to buying every Festool tool ever made. Kevin is a drummer who doesn’t drum anymore and a committed father of two.
Rule of the shop: Queue up some John Mayer and let’s get productive!
Look, there’s Don. Donald Allen Dailey. Don is a veteran woodworker who’s adept skills lead to a quiet confidence in whatever he is tasked to do. He can turn legs with the best of them and is uniquely talented at making beautiful functional items out of scrap wood. Don keeps a look out for ways to optimize the process and create efficiencies in the shop. Looking for an even keeled and patient expert craftsman? Don’s your guy.
Rule of the shop: Let the man eat his bagel and listen to an eclectic musical array.
Hail, Nancy. Nancy Virginia Probst. Nancy is Urban’s driver extraordinaire without whom the team would just be a bunch of talented craftsman with nothing to craft. Nancy is an integral member of the team, picking up lumber at all hours of the day and night and delivering completed projects to our clients. She has a keen eye on punctuality and thoroughness. Nancy is passionate about making things happen and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty in order to get stuff done.
Rule of the shop: Get the lady an extra large coffee, please! She’s getting 3am wake-up calls from her boss and brother to get moving for the day.
And there’s Natasha. Natasha Elizabeth Braut. She’s Lord God of the Shop, the one pushing to make Urban run like a fine tuned machine. She is an Excel guru who thinks the whole world runs a little more effectively when it’s organized. Natasha has a passion for efficiency and is focused on keeping the team in-line and on point. When she’s not attempting to get Harry to follow the processes, she’s running around after her two young daughters with just as much success.
Rule of the shop: Keep the simple things simple and would you just put the credit card slips in the drawer so she doesn’t go insane… please!
Last but not least, Buddy. Buddy Boy McCoy. He’s the shop’s chocolate lab, the guy who brings us all a little levity. He has huge opinions that he isn’t afraid to share as soon as the phone rings or the moment the shop is full but he is also the most loyal dog you will ever meet. Buddy has a penchant for food, particularly Don’s bagels, and is none too thrilled over Scott’s concerns about diabetes. He’s eleven years young and Urban wouldn’t be the same without him.
Rule of the shop: You better say hello to Buddy first thing or he’ll let you know about it all day.
Our Collaborative Process
At Urban, we believe in fostering a hands-on experience, every step of the way. We want to ensure we get it “right” for each and every one of our clients; we are proud of what we do and we want you to love your piece too.
Each project begins with a consultation where we will work to understand exactly what it is you are looking for and how we can best marry our skills with your needs. During your consultation, we will walk you through our lumber warehouse to discuss different species and allow you a hands-on approach in selecting your wood. We will answer questions about figure and form, grain patterns, texture and color variations in order to determine which variety is best for your project.
We will discuss the physical space within which the piece will reside and will consider what the piece will need to endure in the years to come. Working together makes certain we are choosing the right wood variety with the right finish to meet all of your needs.
Whether we are crafting a dining table to be used as a central family meeting point for homework, meals and story sharing, a restaurant bar top where friends and family toast successes and life events, a conference table where colleagues discuss new ventures, or anything and everything in between, we delight in creating functional art that our clients adore.