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Meet the Maker – Chris Munn

Meet Chris Munn, our Woodshop Captain here at the makerspace! 

Since becoming a member about a year and a half ago when we moved into our Davidson Street location, Chris has successfully run his business, Chris Munn Design, from his private work area within the makerspace. 

Watching Chris work on custom builds and seeing his final pieces, it is easy to think that he has been designing and building furniture since he knew how to use a hammer. However, it wasn’t until Chris needed some furniture for college that he honed in on his passion for the craft. 

“Originally, I got into woodworking because I couldn’t afford furniture for college and figured that I could just make my own,” Chris explained. “I started with that and then when I moved [to Nashville], I didn’t really know anybody so I just kept doing it. It was when I started school that I got really involved.”

Hailing from Kalamazoo, MI, Chris came to Tennessee to attend the O’More School of Design in Franklin, TN (now O’More School of Design at Belmont). Studying interior design with a focus on furniture design, it wasn’t long before Chris was hired by one of his professors to work on professional projects. While working this job, Chris learned the ins and outs of running your own design business and gained the confidence to kick off his own. 

Today, Chris successfully runs his own business with a lineup of projects ranging from custom furniture, cabinetry, kitchen remodeling, interior design, and functional space planning in addition to other services. Officially opening up his shop in 2017, Chris has undoubtedly garnered his craft for building beautiful pieces designed to specifically meet each client’s style and individual needs. With a keen attention to detail, an eye for design, and the kind of expertise desired for superior quality, Chris takes on each project as if he were making it for his own home. 

When thinking back to when Chris joined Make Nashville, he said that it came down to choosing between our makerspace and another. Ultimately, Chris explains, “There are so many more tools that are available here compared to other places and the people here are also just really cool. Make [Nashville] is a really easy going place and, because it’s open 24/7, not many people are in here at once so it feels pretty private.” 

As for us, we think Chris is pretty cool too and without him? Well, Make Nashville just wouldn’t be the same.