Who We Are
Maple built is a woodworking apprenticeship that employs, trains, and mentors young men in Nashville, Tennessee. Brothers Schuyler and Will Anderson started Maple Built to answer the question, “How can I be a good Neighbor?”
Once operating out of an abandoned loading dock with rusty tools, Maple Built is blessed to now have a full-scale woodworking shop and showroom located at 1003 Buchanan St. in north Nashville.
The Anderson brothers first started Salemtown Board Co. in 2012 to accomplish the same mission but quickly realized that the need was larger than what a small skateboard company could provide. Thus, Maple Built was established in 2016.
Meet the team
We exist to create Employment, Job-Training, and Mentorship opportunities for at-risk youth.
Low income communities are very often job deserts where even entry level positions are filled quickly by adults with plenty of work experience. Our goal is to provide both the practical need of legal employment but also the benefit of having a first line on a resume. These provide a foundation upon which we work to encourage our employees to see options for their future that may not have been previously visible.The context of employment creates an accountability that moves our workers from being purely recipients to team-members that must take responsibility for themselves and how their actions affect those around them.
The tactile context of a woodshop provides many opportunities for problem solving. We strongly believe that the best qualities we can instill in a young man are the ability to solve problems and an eye for detail. Additionally we hold our workers to standards which encourage them to learn the value of hard-work but also allows them to experience the pride that comes with a job well done. Whether the young men we invest in go on to work with their hands or manage a multi-national business, these attributes will set them up for success.
Programs provide helpful frameworks but relationships are where real change happens. Employment and job-training ultimately provide the proximity for mentoring relationships to form. Each employee is paired with a mentor who commits to spend one on one time with them once every two weeks. We work to create a culture of support and friendship that transcends any program or activity. Within the context of these relationships we challenge young men to reimagine their futures while providing the tangible steps to reach their full potential.
Salemtown Board Co.
One of the primary avenues through which Maple Built creates jobs for the young men of Nashville, is through Salemtown Board Co. (SBCo.). SBCo. is a skateboard manufacturing company that was started in October of 2012 as a means to provide on-the-job training for the youth of North Nashville. It is an outdoor lifestyle brand that sell skateboards and assorted soft goods. Through SBCo., our workers have learned general woodworking skills such as operating various saws, sanders, learning to measure and how to glue up wood.