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February 18, 2018


Birmingham-based Alabama Sawyer transforms fallen trees and reclaimed materials into modern tables and home accessories.

The company: Alabama Sawyer, founded in Birmingham in 2015, makes furniture, including solid wood tabletops, made to specifications as well as other goods from urban timber.

The owners: Cliff and Leigh Spencer. Cliff, an Alabama native who graduated from Rhodes College in Tennessee, worked as a master craftsman in New York City and on set designs in Los Angeles, where he ran Cliff Spencer Furniture Maker, a custom cabinetry and furniture business, before returning to his hometown. Leigh, a California native and award-winning graphic designer, earned degrees from UC Santa Barbara and Otis College.

What’s popular: The best-selling Noaway Countertop Comport Bin in walnut and magnolia ($175, pictured below). Also the Sputnik tables ($300 to $500) and dining tables. Based on wood species and base selection, an 8-foot-by-3.5-foot dining table ranges from $3,800 to $9,500.

Other favorites: Trays in walnut, oak and magnolia ($275 to $350, pictured below).

Fun (or unusual) request: A 26-foot trapezoidal conference table for a company in Alpharetta, GA. The solid walnut table required 18 slabs of wood. It had to be delivered in six pieces to get it up the elevator.

Claim to fame: Overall winner in Garden & Gun magazine’s 2017 “Made in the South” awards (award for table below).

Where to buy: Smaller products are also sold on  and



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