Leigh and Cliff Spencer Portrait


Cliff Spencer’s wood education started in his backyard in Birmingham, Ala. He built sets for high school plays, window displays for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and finally set designs for film in Los Angeles (which gives him a profile on IMBD). But he always worked in a wood shop in between shoots. Eventually, Cliff realized he thrived in the wood shop more than on a film crew and never looked back.

Leigh runs the “clean” operations of Alabama Sawyer from sales, marketing and design to business administration. Los Angeles native, graduate of UCSB and Otis College of Art and Design, once a Colorado ski bum and forever a lover of the outdoors, travel and trying new things, Leigh appreciates living in the South.

Leigh and Cliff Spencer’s wood shop in Los Angeles catered to a discerning clientele, including A-list celebrities. Completed projects include David Hertz’s Wing House, Los Angeles Magazine 2005 Design Home, the Casa del Mar Hotel spa and restaurants, including Westside Tavern, Bucato and Trois Mec.

The work has been published in regional and national media like Angeleno, California Home + Design, dwell, Martha Stewart and The Wall Street Journal.

Working with urban trees, they partnered with the City of Burbank to divert hundreds of trees from their landfills for furniture projects. With Alabama’s vast urban forest and a yearning to move to the South, in 2016, they decided to become part of the creative community in Birmingham.

Since moving back to Birmingham in 2016 and starting Alabama Sawyer, noted project include contributions to Hot and Hot Fish Club, The Legacy MuseumBig Spoon Creamery, Tonchin Ramen NY and CityWalk BHAM.

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