Meet the Artisans

Tom Dorathy


With a background in graphic design and 25 years in business designing, building, and finishing custom furniture, Tom has the vision and skills to bring our clients’ ideas to life.

He has a keen eye for color and a vast knowledge of the history of furniture design. He can restore old furniture to its former glory or push the limits on color and faux finishing to fit any aesthetic.

Born in Paris and raised in Virginia, he is also a semi-professional musician.

Aimee Dorathy


With more than 30 years of fine arts experience, as well as long-standing careers in special events and public relations, Aimee is the perfect person to help our clients through the decision-making process.

In the shop, she brings out the beauty in old furniture, giving new life to antiques and contemporary pieces alike. In addition, she has an excellent understanding of design trends and color.

She’s our lead dog wrangler, chicken feeder, and true crime podcast aficionado.

Outside of the shop, she enjoys fishing and spending time with Tom, their two daughters, and their dogs Neko and Ray.

Joe Halpin

Shop Manager / Woodworker

With seven years of experience in the woodworking industry, from the Tidewater region of Virginia and most recently transplanted from Nashville, Tennessee, Joe has happily settled into his new home in Roanoke, and at Ghent Hill.

He takes great pride in bringing Tom’s designs to life, while constantly pushing his own limits to improve in his trade.

As shop manager, he strives to ensure that we are constantly improving the quality of our products while working efficiently. He also manages our receiving warehouse, ensuring prompt service to our design and retail clients.

A devourer of audiobooks and a board game enthusiast, he also enjoys hiking or lying on the couch with his old pup Emma.


Shop Mother

Neko is a longtime shop dog. This old girl enjoys chin scratches, treats, naps, and more treats.

When she’s not keeping the other dogs in line, she can be found crashed out in a sunny spot.


Self-Appointed Alpha

This girl is relatively new on the scene but has quickly established herself as the shop’s top attention seeker.

Ray enjoys barking at the shop chickens, chasing her herding ball, and destroying plastic bottles.


The Second Shadow

Relatively new to the shop dog career path, Emma has settled in quickly. She is happy to keep her distance from the loud tools, but she is constantly monitoring everyone’s movement to best calculate who will give her the next scratch. If not leaning against the nearest available leg, she can be found napping in the snow or teaming up with Ray and Neko to bark at passing cars.

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1308 8th Street SW
Roanoke, Virginia 24015

(540) 345-1800