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Alum Turns Old House Into Art

Sept. 8, 2014

Alumnus Patrick Hayes has been fascinated with abandoned buildings since high school, appreciating what others might deem worthless.

He didn’t think that his fascination with dilapidated houses would grow into a full-time business venture. But it did.

Today, Hayes, who now lives in Tennessee, salvages wood from these houses and creates one-of-a-kind furniture that he decorates with geometric designs.

The recent alumnus got the idea to start a wood re-purposing business in March when he needed a coffee table for himself and was short on money. Hayes built a table using reclaimed wood from a 100-year-old house in Franklin, Tenn.

Friends and family praised his work.

He made four more pieces and sold them at a flea market in Nashville. After selling the pieces, he knew he found what he wanted to do.

The 27-year-old founded 1767 Designs. His business administration degree, with a concentration in entrepreneurship, helped. Continue reading the complete article  online

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