gives the interior of a car the feel and look of custom quality. Car
builders throughout Southwest Virginia come to Mike Moore’s
Vinton shop for both traditional and modern upholstery styles. Born
in 1952, Moore grew up in Rockbridge County. Even before he could
drive, he had owned and sold his first car.
Around 1971 Moore moved to Roanoke and became a driver for a local
furniture retailer. In the evenings he honed his car building skills.
Moore’s wife ordered a mail-order auto upholstery course for
herself, and from her books Mike became interested in the craft. Teaching
himself, he picked up ideas at car shows and from car magazines. In
1978 Moore went to work for a Roanoke upholstery shop before opening
his own business in 1981. Moore does any kind of upholstery work,
but car builders and restorers are a steady part of his business.
In his spare time Moore continues working on his own vintage cars.
Mike Moore has watched auto upholstery change over the years. When
he started his trade, velvet was the trendy fabric. Now tweed, leather,
and ultra-vinyls are in demand. The older upholstery styles, such
as tuck-and-roll and top-stitched roll-and-pleats, were replaced by
diamonds-and-pleats and pre-shaped interior panels sculpted over foam.
Moore is one of the few upholsterers regularly doing the traditional
styles for old-time street rodders.
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