Tag: Alabama Sawyer

Alabama Sawyer Fills Big Order for Gulf State Park Eatery

Alabama Sawyer, a company devoted to converting removed urban trees into fine furniture, provided dining tables, a hostess stand, bench and other products for a restaurant at Gulf State Park in Baldwin County, AL.

The Birmingham-based company says it crafted all of the furnishings with Alabama white oak and pine.

Learn more about Alabama Sawyer at alasaw.com.



Congrats to August Hoppe and Mike Garvin, each well known for their work with the Tree Care Industry Association.
Hoppe was just elected to the TCIA Board of Directors. He’s a certified arborist who is a past president of the Wisconsin Arborist Association. He’s also a strong proponent of the urban wood movement. As owner of Hoppe Tree Service in Milwaukee, he launched the Urban Wood Lab to sell lumber and slabs. He is also a founding member of Wisconsin Urban Wood. It’s fantastic to have a friend of urban wood join the TCIA board.
Garvin recently retired from TCIA where he worked for 22 years. He spent the last nine of those years serving as TCIA president and CEO. Now he is taking on the role of co-chair of the Sustainable Urban Forest Coalition.
Good luck to both!
I recently stumbled on a very under-viewed YouTube video featuring husband-wife team Cliff and Leigh Spencer, co-owners of Alabama Sawyer. The Spencer’s discuss their good fortune of being awarded $100,000 in the Alabama Launchpad competition. Check out the video this month’s Illinois Urban Wood Update.
Finally, if you like Facebook and you like urban wood, then you gotta like the Urban Wood Network’s Facebook page.
Rich Christianson


Alabama Launchpad Jumpstarts Urban Wood Business

Alabama Launchpad is an early-stage seed fund investor started in 2006 by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama to drive innovation and job growth through startup competitions and ongoing mentoring for Alabama entrepreneurs.

In 2016, Alabama Sawyer of Birmingham, AL, was the recipient of an Alabama Launchpad award. Husband-wife team Cliff and Leigh Spencer note in the accompanying video that entering the annual competition with the intent to win is a lot of work but not without a payoff. The couple netted $100,000 and lots of great publicity.