Southern Accents would like to congratulate our friends at Wood Studio for being selected as the 2012 OVERALL winner of Garden & Gun Magazine’s “Made In The South Awards”! This prestigious award is handed out by the magazine in recognition of southern craftsman. Our friend Keith Cochran, one of the co-owners of Wood Studio, stopped by this week for a visit.
Wood Studio is a family owned business currently located in Arley, Alabama. The business had it’s beginnings back in 1986 when dad Randy came up with the idea for what they now call their ‘Lookout Mountain Rocker’. This hand crafted piece of furniture with it’s simplistic lines is still their signature piece. Randy’s sons Keith and Dylan joined the business in 2001. Self proclaimed “wood nerds” Wood Studio caters to home owners, interior designers and architects offering custom made furniture and cabinetry. Every piece turned out from their shop is fashioned by hand from start to finish without the use of computer controlled tools or hired help.
While visiting with us, Keith talked about an opportunity they had recently to move their business into machine production. Upon investigation, they walked away from the opportunity feeling that the machine made products were “soulless”. They felt at that time that surely there was a market for high quality, hand crafted products. “Each piece is like a child”, Keith said. With one rocker taking 80 to 90 man hours to complete, every piece constructed in their shop is lovingly and carefully carved and crafted by hand, the old fashioned way. The end result is a work of art built to last for centuries.
Their wood of choice is American hard woods commonly found in the South. Their love of wood extends to reclaimed and salvaged wood which is where Southern Accents enters the picture. Keith said, “I could spend days driving around looking for old barns to tear down but why would I when I have the very best source of salvaged wood right in my back yard?” “It’s a great partnership”, states Southern Accents owner Garlan Gudger, Jr.
Wood Studio primarily operates it’s business via word of mouth. In addition to their accolades from Garden & Gun, they were also the subject of a feature article in Southern Living magazine in October of 2009. Visit Wood Studio at: www.woodstudio.com to learn more about their custom work. Be sure to tell them that Southern Accents sent you!