27 episodes

NC Shop Talk is a no limits interview show that shares never before heard tips, secrets, and hilarious conversations with today's biggest names in the auto, aircraft, & carpet industries.

Join Mal Maher, owner of NC Carpet Binding, as he interviews today's most talented craftsmen. You'll pick up some new vendors, how to grow your business, and he'll be asking some wild questions that you've never heard answered before.

Connect with Mal and NC Carpet:
Website: https://www.n-ccarpet.com/
Instagram: nc_carpet_binding

NC Shop Talk Mal Maher

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    • 5.0 • 43 Ratings

NC Shop Talk is a no limits interview show that shares never before heard tips, secrets, and hilarious conversations with today's biggest names in the auto, aircraft, & carpet industries.

Join Mal Maher, owner of NC Carpet Binding, as he interviews today's most talented craftsmen. You'll pick up some new vendors, how to grow your business, and he'll be asking some wild questions that you've never heard answered before.

Connect with Mal and NC Carpet:
Website: https://www.n-ccarpet.com/
Instagram: nc_carpet_binding

    THE LEGEND Sid Chavers

    THE LEGEND Sid Chavers

    How do you combine traditional and innovative? These two words describe today's guest, legendary hot rod interior guru Sid Chavers. Sid has been in the Custom Upholstery business since February 1976 and has his roots in the traditional school of first-generation interior customizers. However, unlike some people who reach a certain level and are content to stay there, Sid has used this foundation to achieve a higher level, raising the standards of design excellence and craftsmanship. The Sid Chavers Company was founded on these same principles: innovation combined with tradition, a desire to honor the classic while bringing new refinements and style to these same traditional designs. Discover more about this fascinating guy in today's episode of NC Shop Talk. 
    “Many times, we try a specific way to do something and it doesn't work. Go on the trash can, start again.”
    Sid Chavers
     
    In This Episode:
    Here's a quick background on Sid ChaversHow did Sid's parents influence his work ethic?After years of being on top, is there anything else that drives Sid to aspire for more?What are some of Sid's favorite cars? If he's on the road, would he choose a car or a bike?How does Sid feel about the overwhelming response to his instructional videos?How has Sid's trimming process evolved over time? Is there anyone else in the industry that Sid relies on?What advice does Sid have for guys who don't enjoy working on convertible tops?Mal puts Sid on the Rapid Fire Hot SeatDoes Sid still make mistakes? How does he fix them?Where does Sid get his raw materials?Sid's advice for young trimmers who aspire to be relevant in the industry
    And more!
     
    Connect with Sid Chavers:
    Website - https://sidchaverscompany.com/Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/SidChaversCompany/Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sidchavers/
     
     
    Connect with Mal and NC Carpet:
    Website - https://www.n-ccarpet.com/Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/nccarpetmachines/Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nc_carpet_binding/

    • 43 min
    Brent Parker Motor Trimming

    Brent Parker Motor Trimming

    There's no challenge so great for a master craftsman. He always gives his best at whatever task is at hand. That is the mindset of Brent Parker, winner of the 2020 NC Auto Interior of the Year award. He is an elite international trimmer based in Central Coast NSW, Australia. Brent won over other talented and skilled trimmers with his incredibly stunning design and unique leather color. Get ready to meet this man from the Land Down Under and learn more about the thought process behind a winning design. 
    “When you try your best, good things happen.” (23:19)
    “If I stop thinking about how I can be better, then it's game over.” (23:57)
    Brent Parker

     
    In This Episode:
    The real reason Mal is so “pissed” with Brent winning the 2020 NC Auto Interior of the Year award!How Brent chose the colors he used for his designs and why he sent two different entriesGet to know more about Brent Parker and his journey from childhood to becoming an elite trimmer (and how Hog Ring paved the way for Brent's name to be recognized in the industry)Here's what makes Brent's (Green Hides) leather unique Fun facts about Brent (fortunately, he has not had a close encounter with a kangaroo!)Brent talks about the challenges in the auto interior industry, especially for trimmers based in AustraliaWhat would Brent want to be his final project, just before he bid his “last hurrah!”

    And more!
     
    Connect with Brent Parker:
    Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057219770358Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/brentparkermotortrimming/
     
     
    Connect with Mal and NC Carpet:
    Website - https://www.n-ccarpet.com/Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/nccarpetmachines/
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nc_carpet_binding/

    • 50 min
    Interiors By Shannon Take 2

    Interiors By Shannon Take 2

    As machines take over production and manual work for many industries, the auto industry still treasures handcrafted interiors. After all, no machine can equal the craftsmanship of a man as skilled as Shannon Walters. NC Shop Talk had him as the featured guest in the June 23, 2021 episode. Today, Mal welcomes back Shannon Walters, owner of Interiors by Shannon, a one-person shop based in Alabama. 
    Shannon does not need much of an introduction. His custom upholstery has won Best Interior Awards at shows like GoodGuys, NSRA, and World of Wheels. Interiors by Shannon has also been featured online, in magazines (Auto Trim & Restyling News, March 1999 issue and Southern Rodder, March 2000 issue), and in two "how-to" books ("Standard Guide to Build Street Rods" and "Building Street Rods"). So if you're a fan of the good old way of crafting and designing interiors by hand and learning from a master artisan, you don't want to miss this informative and fun conversation!
    “I think it's a great idea to have the younger people flex their muscles a little bit.”
    Shannon Walters

     
    In This Episode:
    A huge change in the 2022 NC Auto Interior of the Year Contest which will showcase the younger talents in the auto industryWhy is Shannon so inclined to help the industry?What's going on with SEMA and other car shows? Let's hear what Mal and Shannon have to say about them. Shannon answers some questions the audience sent in, such as how he learned his craft, what he thinks about electric vehicles, how long it takes him to finish a complete interior, etc. Industry trends and predictions from ShannonWhat can we expect from Interiors By Shannon five or ten years from now?Conversations about life and unusual experiences
    And more!
     
    Connect with Shannon:
    Website - http://www.interiorsbyshannon.com/Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/InteriorsByShannonInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/interiorsbyshannon/
     
     
    Connect with Mal and NC Carpet:
    Website - https://www.n-ccarpet.com/Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/nccarpetmachines/Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nc_carpet_binding/

    • 52 min
    Powerhouse Shop Hits Discovery Channel

    Powerhouse Shop Hits Discovery Channel

    In today's episode, Mal speaks with Gil and Linda of Gillin Custom Design, the go-to shop and Orange County's pride in auto and home builds. What makes this shop famous? Let's find out from the owners. 
    Gil is one of the original owners of Gillin Custom Design and opened it with Linda in 2006. Thirteen years later, the vision of opening a shop that completed high-end builds from start to finish came to fruition with GCD Auto Studio.
    Linda grew up with a love for muscle cars, with the 1967 Camaro as her favorite. She is currently in charge of client relations, operations, and social media and assists with design. 

    NC Shop Talk welcomes the power couple behind Gillin Custom Design into the show!


    “We're not building a car for just today. We want it to age well.”
    - Gil Monge
     
    In This Episode:
    Gil takes us through the first time he came across Mal's companyHow important work dynamics and choosing the right team member in running a successful business? How does it feel to lose valued team members?What does Gil have to say about the Orange County Choppers team?Services, car types, and scope of work by GCD Auto StudioFun facts about Gil and Linda and how they ended up togetherHow Gil leveraged social media to connect with people and grow their brandLinda talks about her background before teaming up with Gil The BIG News–this shop makes it to Discovery Channel!
    And much more!
     
    Connect with Gil and Linda:
    Website - https://www.gcdautostudio.com/Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/gcdauto/
     
    Connect with Mal and NC Carpet:
    Website - https://www.n-ccarpet.com/Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/nccarpetmachines/
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nc_carpet_binding/

    • 50 min
    Television Royalty & Industry OG

    Television Royalty & Industry OG

    The title of this episode sums up exactly who we have on the show today. Revo Reeves is one of the original big-ticket interior builders in the nation. He was featured in dozens of auto-themed shows and hundreds of magazine covers. This guy has also worked with big-name celebrities. In addition, he is a world-class designer and creator of show-quality automotive interiors. Revo established Stitchcraft Interiors in 1978, and it quickly became known for its innovative and award-winning custom interiors.
    NC Shop Talk welcomes Television Royalty & Industry OG Revo Reeves!


    “The key word, especially in this world, is knowing how and when to pivot. ”
    - Revo Reeves
     
    In This Episode:
    The beginning of Revo and Mal’s friendshipRevo shares some details about his childhood and how he got into the businessDiscover the many lives of Revo (model, drummer, inventor, etc.)Revo talks about how he got the Rockstar Energy drink sponsorship, designing interiors for Ford, fun shows, awards, working with big names in the industry, and other inspiring stories.Why is it difficult to find people who are willing to learn the custom interior trade?What else is in store for Revo Reeves? Goals, dreams, and aspirations for the next 10 years…Mal puts Revo on the Rapid Fire Hot Seat!And much more!
     
     
    Connect with Revo Reeves:
    Website - https://stitchcraftinteriors.wixsite.com/newest/Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/stitchcraft_interiors/
     
    Connect with Mal and NC Carpet:
    Website - https://www.n-ccarpet.com/Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/nccarpetmachines/
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nc_carpet_binding/

    • 56 min
    Centrum Force & The Cobra

    Centrum Force & The Cobra

    This episode is a real treat as Mal does a back-to-back interview with two legends in the industry. The first guest is Tom Monahan of Centrum Force, a shop which provides the best equipment, chemistry, and personalized service in the rug cleaning industry. Tom has been in business since 2007. Centrum Force is committed to building machines and furnishing accessories to last the life of your business. 
    The next guest is Doug Heiferman, also known as The Cobra. Doug is one of the most sought after instructors in the textile maintenance and restoration industry. He has a unique ability to relay information to students of all skill and experience levels and has been teaching students for more than 20 years.

    Tom and Doug works together to facilitate workshops to students who want to learn from the best. And with these two, you will not only learn the skills of the trade, but also get inspired by their excellent work ethics. 

    NC Shop Talk welcomes Centrum Force & The Cobra in today’s episode.


    “Mechanizing or getting equipment helps one to scale. ”
    - Tom Monahan

    “The industry is dying for new things. Let’s take the shot at it.”
    - Doug Heiferman
     
    In This Episode:
    Let’s hear what other people have to say about Tom MonahanThe benefits of using mechanical equipment for low skillset tasks Tom walks us through the inspiration behind Centrum Force What skills does Tom have that help him succeed in the industry?Are we hearing plans for the next rug summit in 2022?Tom talks about how automation can help a business save time and moneyWhy should you choose Centrum Force products over other brands?Tom narrates an interesting story when Ron Moore chose him as the person to continue the Moore Company legacy.Discover the relationship between Tom and Doug “The Cobra” Heiferman and why they work well togetherDoug lets us in on some personal stories about the many hats he wears, in business and in lifeHow does Doug solve problems and thrive over the years?What is the level of Doug’s expertise in rug identification?Doug and Mal exchange stories that capture their “proud dad moments”And much more!
     
    Connect with Tom Monahan:
    Website - https://www.centrumforce.com/Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/CentrumForceTwitter - https://twitter.com/Centrum_ForceYouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0p1onh6AbhzSzvsooBvAeA
     
    Connect with Doug Heiferman:
    Website - https://dhseminars.net/Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/doug.heiferman
     
    Connect with Mal and NC Carpet:
    Website - https://www.n-ccarpet.com/Facebook - a href="https://web.facebook.com/nccarpetmachines/" rel="noopener...

    • 1 hr 40 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Florida Boy Customs ,

Best Automotive Interior Show

Not only is this great for learning techniques and skills of upholstery but the amount of business insight and knowledge coming through is amazing. To me the most valuable knowledge you can receive.

0325@184 ,

Fantastic show!

Here at Florida Boy Customs this is the #1 podcast we listen too!

Anmy4sons ,

So love this!!!

My favorite part about this is that it’s normal conversation, not forced. A lot of fun & knowledge. Mal does a great job with this. 5 stars for sure.

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