A local wood-worker and craftsman has created his own lane in the high-end furniture business by straying from the traditional to create unique and contemporary designs.

Thirty seven year-old Caleb Woodard designs and builds custom furniture and lighting. He grew up watching his dad do wood-work and eventually started his own business in Washington, D.C. after college in 2005, he said.

“I found out a long time ago that I couldn’t compete in traditional furniture because that’s being made a lot already, and very cheaply,” Woodard said.

About three years ago, Woodard moved back to Springfield so he could be closer to his family and to raise his children here, he said.

Now his father, Jim Woodard, is able to work with him part-time.

Since Woodard began furniture making, his business has grown enough to hire two full-time employees along with himself and his father, he said. But there is still more to accomplish.

“I’m just getting started,” he said.

Even though business is already steady with an average of about 100-150 customers per year, Caleb Woodard’s goal is to keep building with unique designs, he said.

“I just try to come up with some ideas and pieces that I personally like and I haven’t seen before,” he said, noting that most of his work includes the type of pieces that become heirloom furniture.

Woodard is currently in the process of moving his workshop from 7th Avenue to a bigger space on Main Street. In the new place, he plans to have a showroom area for people to see samples when they come in for appointments, he said.

His father is hoping that they will be able to draw clients from the Nashville area, and both men are excited about the new space.

Robertson County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Economic Development Officer Margot Fosnes shares their excitement.

“I’m really looking forward to his new shop as it is one more renovation and repurposing of an older building in our downtown,” Fosnes said. “It is going to be a beautiful space and a great example of the kind of redevelopment that we should be encouraging in our downtown.”

Success stories like Woodards’ can be used to recruit other entrepreneurs to move to downtown area, she said.

As for Jim Woodard, he’s just thankful for what he and his son have accomplished so far, he said.

“We believe the Lord has blessed us in this,” Jim Woodard said.

Even though they sometimes have creative differences on what looks good and what doesn’t, they can still come together and joke about it in the end, he said.

Reach Brittney Jackson at bljackson@gannett.com or 615-384-3567 and on Twitter @britt_lacole.