30 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 • 46 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

    Episode #29: VELOCITY RESTORATIONS - USA Made Builds

    Episode #29: VELOCITY RESTORATIONS - USA Made Builds

    Fancy a Classic Ford Bronco or a vintage Camaro? Then this is the place to go; Velocity Restorations stretches out the limits of creativity in giving you the best vintage vehicle, fully restored and customized just the way you want it. The Velocity team breathes new life into vintage trucks of all kinds. Let's learn more about the shop and its award-winning restoration process. 
    NC Shop Talk welcomes Cody Dabney, Director of Custom Vehicle Operations at Velocity Restorations LLC, a high-end, classic car restoration center in Pensacola, Florida. The shop specializes in modernizing 1966-1977 Classic Ford Broncos, International Scouts, and a wide range of vintage vehicles. Velocity Restoration has become internationally known for its superior restorations which have collected top awards at the industry’s most significant events.


    “If you're going to somebody that has the same passion that you do in the industry, you're going to get a great product. So it makes sense to work with those types of people in the industry. We don't want anything subpar.”
    – Cody Dabney

    In This Episode:
    How Cody went from being a truck painter to managing shop operations Why continuous learning is a philosophy embodied by Cody and the Velocity teamCody discusses how their operations run where everything is made by handWhat separates Velocity from everyone else in the industry?Cody proudly shares the quality of work they do and takes Mal on a test drive aboard a Ford BroncoCody plays the Rapid Fire Hot Seat (time to hear interestingly fun stuff about him!)Why Velocity employ Roadster Shop chassis for their custom buildsCody talks about their experience joining the 2022 SEMA Battle of the Builders The continuous quest for excellence is part of Cody's long-term plan for Velocity, so we can definitely expect more great things from this shop

    And more!


    Connect with Cody and Velocity Restorations: 
    Website - https://www.velocityrestorations.com/Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/VelocityRestorations/Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/velocityrestorations/YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9JqYc3r3Ab7-QAOYmjHSug

    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
    Cato Takes Over NC Shop Talk

    Cato Takes Over NC Shop Talk

    Since Mal launched this podcast, he has interviewed the best of the best in the field of custom auto upholstery. But in today's episode, Mal flips the mic and allows his good friend Phil Cato to take over the podcast. So if you're interested in knowing more about Mal Maher, his family life, his passion, mission, vision for the future, and many more, this is your chance because Phil is interviewing Mal this time. Phil is a proud USAF Veteran and a well-known Custom Hotrod Interiors Expert based in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
    Mal is also encouraging everyone to participate in a worthy cause. In honor of the 75th Anniversary of Mal's family business, he wants to bless a returning Serviceman/ Servicewoman with a business and help them get a fresh start. You can help by sending your nominations to malmaher@nccarpet.com

    Enjoy the episode!

    “Relentless is a good thing to be. It'll drive you nuts, but it's good to be relentless.” (1:08:36, Polished audio)
    – Mal Maher
     
    In This Episode:
    What is Mal's morning routine?What are some of the things people don't know about Mal?What is Mal proud of that he is really good at?What inspires and motivates Mal to continue doing what he does?The sweet love story of Mal and his wifeMal is a Mama's Boy, and he's proud of itWhat's the story behind NC Carpet Binding and its very first owner?What sets NC Carpet apart from other shops like it?How was Mal chosen to take over the reins of his grandfather's company?How to be a part of Mal's mission to help a returning soldier have a fresh start What's the deal between Mal and Richard Rawlings?Why should you get your hand on CNC Machines if you're a  custom upholstery business owner?Why Mal has grown to hate NC Interior of the YearHere's your chance to win the NC Sticker Pack and The Hog Ring stickerDid you know that Phil Cato moved again? Here's the storyWhat's so special about the Bitchin Stitchin Class, and what does Cato get out of it?
     
    And more!
     
    Connect with Phil Cato: 
    Website - https://www.philcato.com/Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/phillip.cato.5/Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/catoscustomupholstery/
     
    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/

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Junior's Amazing Story + Golf Cart King

    Junior's Amazing Story + Golf Cart King

    America is known as the land of opportunities. So no wonder many people want to take the chance to craft a good life in this land. Today's guest is someone who knows what it's like to live The Great American Dream. NC Shop Talk welcomes Antonio Junior Marquez, best known as Junior of Juniors Custom Upholstery and Golf Cart King in Texas. Junior shares his inspiring story and walks us through his path to success. Junior is one of the hardest-working people in the custom upholstery industry. He is also an uber-talented craftsman, a dedicated father, and an American Patriot who has elevated his game and now runs the production division of a multi-million company. Let's hear more about him in this episode of NC Shop Talk. 
    “For those experienced trimmers, if one of these young guys reaches out asking questions wanting to pick your brain a little bit as far as how you do things, take the time to answer. I know everybody's busy, but it goes a long way.”
    – Antonio Junior Marquez.
     
    In This Episode:
    Junior talks about his most cherished possessions What was Junior like growing up, and how did he get his first taste of sewing?What inspires Junior to push forward and keep getting better at his craft?Junior proudly shares his plans for his newly acquired ranchWas there a BIG dream in Junior's heart as a kid, and did he achieve it? What is his big goal now?The fantastic story of how Junior became a prime mover of the Golf Cart King Why Junior has so much confidence in the ABM CNC Machine, and why he recommends it over other machinesWhat revolutionary things can we expect from Golf Cart King?Junior gets thrown into the Rapid Fire Hot Seat and plays the Burning House 
     
    And more!
     
    Connect with Antonio Junior Marquez
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jrsupholstery/Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ENDIABLADO5.0
    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/

    • 44 min
    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

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

budy built ,

Best industry podcast!

Great insight into the industry with the best of the best. Mal makes it a fun insightful listen!

Bobpauljamal ,

BEST trimmer podcast!

Mal is an outstanding guy and truly is great to deal with! love the inspiration from these!

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.

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