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Sustainable furniture and precision craftsmanship are rarely along with charitable fundraisers and viral international media stories, but thats what happened with Robin Wade of Robin Wade Furniture. Walnut Furniture

Wade takes downed local trees to create natural, beautiful, usually functional artwork as part of the search for sustainable manufacturing practices. His furnishings are shaped yourself, using age-old woodworking skills alongside modern tools. Alabama philanthropy

In April of 2011, a large number of tornadoes struck the American Southeast, especially Alabama. Among the hardest hit towns was Phil Campbell, not too far from Wades studio in Florence. Nearly half the city of Phil Campbell was physically wiped out, and twenty-seven died inside a capital of scotland - just a thousand people.

Wade wished to help in the aftermath, but didnt understand how. The real key learned about someone named Phil Campbell who have been organizing to assist their namesake town. The Phil Campbells, twenty in all, hailing from Alaska to Australia, were planning to arrive 6 weeks after the tornados, and happen to be protected by HYPERLINK "http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/43446850" \l "43446850" NBC Nightly News, HYPERLINK "http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/phil-campbell-save-town-phil-campbell-destroyed-by-tornado-share-name-us-13871747" ABC Nightly News, HYPERLINK "http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/18/us/18alabama.html?_r=2" The New York Times, HYPERLINK "http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=137231291&m=137231265" NPR, HYPERLINK "http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13818591" BBC World News, HYPERLINK "http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/18/us-tornado-alabama-philcampbell-idUSTRE75H2AQ20110618" Reuters, HYPERLINK "http://blog.al.com/wire/2011/05/world_of_phil_campbell_prepare.html" Associated Press, HYPERLINK "http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens/episode/2011/06/17/friday-june-17-2011-1/" CBC, and several other outlets.

Wade went along to start to see the Phil Campbells, who arrived at time for the towns hoedown, and was stunned in what he saw. As opposed to residents waiting for, paralyzed through the tornados terrible power, he saw friendly faces everywhere, with individuals wearing shirts announcing their refusal to be daunted through the devastation. There was clearly a parade. There were the Phil Campbells, who separated itself because they sported "I'm with Phil" shirts and appeared to be given a heros welcome. In six short weeks these working-class Phils had created a global viral media storm to boost awareness for the town, raising $42,000 along the way.

Wade approached the lead Phil Campbell, Brooklyn Phil, and provided to help. A few months later Brooklyn Phil returned to satisfy Wade in Phil Campbell, a TV crew from your Oprah Winfrey Network trailing him. Wade chosen a tree, along with the mayors help Brooklyn Phil known as a work crew armed with chainsaws. The downed tree chosen by Wade for his Im with Phil contribution was an oak tree that has been still standing, though nothing remained nevertheless its bare trunk. The job crew soon had the tree, which stood four hundred yards in the Phil Campbell town hall, on the trailer in the rear of Wades truck.

Going back to his Florence, Alabama studio, Wade immediately milled the sign in to flitch cut natural edge slabs, retaining the design from the tree. The slabs were then stacked and air dried, slowly - naturally, before going into the kiln for that final cure. After more than a year the lumber was away from the kiln and ready for shaping. Wade completed an attractive cocktail table and smaller side table in mid-July 2013.

Wade is donating both tables to Brooklyn Phil, who is still in the business of improving the little capital of scotland- Phil Campbell, Alabama.
Brooklyn Phil Campbell has become the executive producer of the documentary Im with Phil, and hes working together with director Andrew Reed, a Phil Campbell resident. Both Campbell and Reed pledge to donate the majority of net profits from your film returning to the city of Phil Campbell.

Brooklyn Phil said, I love what Robin Wade did. He created not merely two gorgeous pieces of furniture, younger crowd designed for town a symbol of rebirth - an inactive tree, destroyed with a tornado, repurposed into new things, both beautiful and functional. Of all stories from your Im with Phil fundraising I experienced or heard, this can be my absolute favorite. Wade told through his craftsmanship a real story of hope.

Campbell and Reed want to sell the tables to assist fund the film, whilst they try to make use of the film to locate new, more innovative approaches to help the tornado-devastated capital of scotland- Phil Campbell. Meanwhile, the tables having, been on display at the Frank Lloyd Wright - Rosenbaum House, they will certainly be displayed in the Museum of Alabama's History and Archives building throughout their grand opening this Saturday, February 15, in Montgomery, Alabama, from 9 a.m. to p.m.

Robin Wade Brooklyn Phil Campbell
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(An extremely special video was made of Robin Wade, his practices, which tables: HYPERLINK "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jUb4cs8SBI" \t "_blank" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jUb4cs8SBI
To learn more about the tables, i.e. dimensions and the way to get them if you do not live nearby the Frank Lloyd Wright - Rosenbaum House in Florence, Alabama, please contact Robin Wade or Brooklyn Phil)




Posted Feb 12, 2014 at 5:29am