Allen McCulla’s Woodworking

Birmingham, Ala. (July 24, 2013) – Allen McCulla is a Senior Associate with CMH Architects and has been with the firm for over 14 years. With a dual degree from Auburn University in Architecture and Building Science, he’s been the project architect for many complex projects, such as the Riverchase Galleria Renovation and The Shops of Grand River. On those projects Allen has had to solve complex construction problems. What does Allen do to relax? He solves some pretty complex problems that result in truly impressive woodworking projects. “You have to think about the details and how things go together,” he explains of the similarities between his career and his hobby. McCulla discovered his passion for woodworking in 2000 when he embarked on making a side table that he could not find elsewhere, and the rest—as they say—is history. McCulla enjoys crafting pieces that are most often given to those that are close to him: picture frames for his artwork as gifts for friends, a walnut gun rack for a coworker, a nametag rack for his church, a telescope tripod for his father (pictured above – Mahogany, Hard Maple with hand-rubbed Danish oil finish), and a stainless steel and inlaid wood bracelet for Mrs. McCulla for Mother’s Day. He explains that wood is a medium that offers a great deal of freedom as compared with the rigid guidelines often faced by architects. McCulla plans to further explore his art, creating sculpture, wood art, or more jewelry, saying “the design possibilities are endless.”

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