Second Chances: Urban Wood Furniture by Alabama Sawyer
If a tree falls in Birmingham, Alabama, is it sent off to a landfill? Not if Alabama Sawyer gets there first. The furniture and decor company takes a sustainable “field to studio” approach, collecting unwanted trees from the Birmingham metropolitan area and giving them second lives as tables, seating, shelving, and kitchen accessories.
When a tree falls naturally or needs to be removed, Alabama Sawyer’s team salvages the wood—which ranges from regional species like sweet gum, pecan, and hackberry to national favorites like walnut, white oak, and cherry—then prepares it for reuse, cutting it into slabs and lumber and drying it out for six months or more. Since the urban wood isn’t farmed, each piece has unique organic variations, which Alabama Sawyer’s craftspeople work into each finished product. The result is a collection of elegant, handcrafted furniture and home accessories.
Take a look at some of our favorites.
For much more, head to Alabama Sawyer.