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SOUTHERN PERSPECTIVE DESIGN WOOD MAKER


We believe in the importance of human connection in the design process. We believe in cherishing the local craft and production industry of Alabama. We believe in promoting local raw materials for all of our product lines. Most of all we strive to introduce you the client to this diverse and rich community. When you purchase a Southern Perspective piece you become an integral part of this holistic design process. First and foremost feel a sense of pride, knowing that you have made the decision to invest in a quality piece. A piece of furniture highlighting the spectacular aesthetic of Americas’s south. Be proud that you are helping a rural economy, and are supporting local raw materials. Most of all when you enjoy your new possesion you should feel a sense of comfort that only comes with southern hospitality.


SOUTHERN PERSPECTIVE DESIGN WOOD MAKER


This chair represents more then just a leisurely afternoon. It is a symbol of economic stimulation, cultural revival and sustainability. It helps to connect rural industries to one another. It portrays the evolution of an aesthetic which has been loved by the people of Alabama for years. This chair is not mass produced, the design is standard but the craftsmenship is unique. It is one of a kind with its own makers mark. This piece was created through an innovative collaboration between traditional basketmakers and furniture designers. Through their effortd they arrived at a design which is new and innovative yet still connected to its Alabama roots. We try bridge the rural and the urban to create a piece that blends well into your lifestyle. The back of this chair is weaved in manner akin to traditonal basketmaking. The traditional techniques used are juxtaposed to an overall contemporary aesthetic


SOUTHERN PERSPECTIVE DESIGN WOOD MAKER


Your chair is made from a piece of Alabama Red Oak. The lumber yard is 15 miles north of Tim’s work shop and the red oak forest surrounds the area. We have tried to reduce the displacement of the lumber, by connecting local lumbar yards specializing in small batch kiln drying to our network of producers. The result is a truely sustainable piece of furniture.


SOUTHERN PERSPECTIVE DESIGN WOOD MAKER


Billy Ray Sims is a traditional basketmaker who uses local materials from white oak to sweet grass. His work represents the result of several years of self-directed apprenticeship that involved collaboration with a number of master basket makers. It is homage to an endangered heritage. Through his relationship with southern perspective Billy Ray is now applying his basket making skills to contemporary furniturte.


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Southern Perspective