Cliff’s education in woodworking began in his backyard in Birmingham, Alabama. He segued into building 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 kept a job in a wood shop in between movies. Eventually, Cliff realized he thrived in the wood shop more than on a film crew and never looked back.
While running his shop in Los Angeles, he catered to a desirable and discerning clientele, including A-list celebrities. He completed pieces in a range of high profile projects, including David Hertz’s Wing House, Los Angeles Magazine 2005 Design Home, the Casa del Mar Hotel spa, and several restaurants, including Westside Tavern, Bucato and Trois Mec. The work has been published in Angeleno, Angeleno Interiors, California Home + Design, Woodshop News, Woodworker West, Wired, Martha Stewart and featured on the CBS Evening News.
His favorite part of the business in Los Angeles was the “Tree Concierge”. A customer’s tree would come down and he would guide them through the process of having it milled, dried. Then, he would design personalized architectural elements and furniture for them. Cliff partnered with the City of Burbank to divert hundreds of trees from their landfills.
In 2014, Cliff and his wife Leigh decided to become part of the creative community in Birmingham and found local collaborators who were ready to start milling and drying timber.
Leigh is a graphic designer by training and wood-obsessed by marriage. She develops her business skills every day as she runs the operations of Alasaw. A native Californian, she is loving the South.
Bruce plays a crucial role in creative direction for Alabama Sawyer while also working as an architect at ArchitectureWorks, an architecture firm in Birmingham, and running MAKEbhm, a creative co-working space in Avondale.