Through The “Stained” Looking Glass

Of all the architectural pieces that we salvage, none capture our attention and mesmerize us the way a beautiful piece of stained glass does. Gazing through a multi colored window as the suns rays penetrate the textured glass panes is fascinating. Being makers ourselves, we are awed by the creativity of artists as well as the creative process it takes to produce these works of art. Through the years, we have had many stunning pieces pass through our showroom including this 200 year old window shown below.

This 200 year old stained glass window originated from a church in Wales.

This 200 year old stained glass window originated from a church in Wales.

We love this quote from Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” There is a romance between the mediums used in the creation of stained glass. While the fragments of colored glass completely contrast with the copper foil or lead came, they are still dependent on one another… it is the seamless intertwining of the two that creates a stunning work of art.

This jeweled, stained glass window is the most gorgeous piece that we have ever had pass through our showroom.

This jeweled stained glass window is the most gorgeous piece that we have ever had pass through our showroom.

The history of manmade glass dates all the way back to 2625 BC with the discovery of glass Egyptian beads. The earliest surviving example of pictorial stained glass is the 10th century Head of Christ. Fragments were excavated in 1912 from Lorsch Abbey in Germany. In addition to it’s sheer beauty, there is so much rich history surrounding stained glass it is impossible for us not to love it!

This beautiful window is one of 7 that we recently acquired.

This beautiful window is one of 7 that we recently acquired.

We have received several gorgeous pieces of stained glass recently. To view all of our incredible windows and to see more detailed pictures of them, visit our website at www.sa1969.com or stop by our showroom. The stained glass can be found on the Antique Windows page. Our showroom is open Tuesday – Friday from 9am till 5pm and Saturday from 10am till 4pm. Closed Sunday, Monday by appointment only.

Written by: Lisa Jones


Dr. Garlan Gudger’s Roast

Southern Accents is a family owned and operated business that started in 1969 in the garage of Dr. Garlan Gudger, Sr. Talk to his son, Garlan, Jr., and he will tell you that the success of this business is due not only to his father’s tireless efforts throughout the years, but to his genuine love of architectural antiques and his passion for preservation. Garlan, Jr. describes family vacations growing up resembling an episode of Sanford and Son! “We would leave out in the family van and return with a U-haul hooked to the back filled with all kinds antiques and architectural pieces!” This passion has been passed down from father to son, who took over the business in 1999.

Dr. Garlan Gudger, Sr. and Garlan, Jr.

Dr. Garlan Gudger, Sr. and Garlan, Jr.

Because of health issues lately, Dr. Gudger is unable to spend as much time at the store as he would like but loves to stop in and visit with former customers whenever possible. He is currently doing well and has been the recent recipient of several prestigious recognitions which include an award from the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston for surviving 62 years of Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. Dr. Gudger, who was diagnosed at the age of 10, credits a life long regimen of exercise, his participation in sports, and the good Lord for his survival. This past April, Dr. Gudger was inducted into the Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame and was also recently named as one of the top 5 Outstanding Alumni from Tennessee Tech in Cookville, Tennessee.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques - Dr. Garlan Gudger

This past Thursday night, July 31, 2014, Victim Services of Cullman hosted it’s 3rd Annual Fundraising Roast honoring Dr. Garlan Gudger, Sr. The roast, which was held at Terri Pines Country Club, was a fun evening filled with found memories, memorable stories and a few pokes, prods, and jabs along the way! Dr. Gudger was excited to spend the evening with family, old friends, former customers and colleagues, as well as former football players from his coaching days!

The evening kicked off with a meet and greet followed by dinner and then the roast. Dr. Gudger would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in the roast. A great evening was had by all! All proceeds from this event will help support victims of domestic and sexual violence.


Coffee Table Transformation

When we see a pile of old wood or a chippy paint door, our creative brains start racing! Our imaginations immediately travel down the “what can I do with this” track! We draw energy from our customers who are traveling down that same track… the ones who walk into our warehouses and immediately see potential. This imagination, coupled with a creative process is what turns a pile of vintage lumber into a beautiful treasure.

This beautiful piece of furniture started out as a pile of salvaged oak beams

This beautiful piece of furniture started out as a pile of salvaged oak beams

Such is the case with this stunning coffee table. Team member, Tyler Dooley, recently built this beautiful piece of furniture for one of our customers. The table was constructed using a stack of salvaged, circular sawn oak beams. The 3″ x 5″ beams were ripped and lightly planed. Great effort was made to ensure that as much of the original patina as possible was preserved. Once the table was constructed, Tyler applied Briwax in a rustic pine color to finish the table. The Briwax brought the wood to life and gave it that rich tone that shows off its character and natural patina. The pictures to below show the details of the finished wood table.

The finished table... gorgeous!

The finished table… gorgeous!

Southern Accents has a talented team of artists and craftsmen available to help you plan your next project. Whether you are looking for a custom piece or just need help selecting the right materials for your next creation, we are here to help. We can be reached by phone during regular business hours Tuesday – Saturday or you can e-mail us 24/7! Better yet… stop by, take a look around, and share your creative projects and ideas with us! We are open Tues – Fri from 9am till 5pm, Sat from 10am till 4pm, and Mon by appointment only.

The circular sawn markings add character to the wood.

The circular sawn markings add character to the wood.

The table was finished with Briwax which helps to seal and protect the wood without covering up the natural patina.

The table was finished with Briwax which helps to seal and protect the wood without covering up the natural patina.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Gorgeous!

Written by: Lisa Jones


The S “A” Team

Every Tuesday morning at Southern Accents begins with a team meeting. This is actually the only time during the week that we are all in one place at the same time. We gather upstairs and sit around our large, custom made salvaged wood table. Ben arrives with a bag of fresh, warm doughnuts from one of our local bakeries. Everyone grabs a cup of coffee or a bottled Coke from the cooler and we begin the meeting with prayer. The primary purpose for our weekly gathering is two fold: to encourage one another and to plan our schedule for the upcoming week.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Our weekly meeting has become an integral part of our business. We always spend a few minutes discussing personal issues. We talk about our kids, our pets, our weekend ventures. We laugh a lot and at times have shed a few tears. This is our time to catch up with one another and make sure that we are all doing well. If there are needs or issues to be addressed, we do it here.

The next order of business is business! We each have our “to do” list that we go over in detail. The goal is to make sure that we are all on the same page. We discuss custom orders, sales goals, deliveries, and upcoming projects. We talk about marketing and toss around ideas for newsletter topics. And we talk about wood… we talk a LOT about wood!

The bulk of our business involves wood. Wood doors, wood mantels, wood columns, wood corbels and wood trim. We have an entire warehouse filled with nothing but salvaged wood. Everything from old barnwood to antique wood flooring. Wood that has been salvaged from the walls of historic houses and vintage beams from old log cabins and industrial mills. If you were a fly on the wall listening in on the conversations, there would be no doubt about the fact that we love what we do! We have a team of creative artists who get excited about an upcoming salvage mission. Skilled craftsmen and wood workers who gaze on a stack of salvaged wood the way a painter looks at a blank canvas. Ask our guys what they “do for fun” and they will be quick to tell you that they spend their free time building furniture or creating artistic pieces for no other reason than to feed their creative soul!

Stop by our showroom or wood warehouse and talk to any of our team members! We love to hear about your creative ideas and to give input in the design process. Our knowledgeable team can help you pick out the perfect materials for your next project!


What’s Your Canvas?

Southern Accents famous salvaged wood wall!

Speak of artwork and the vision that pops into most people’s mind would be that of a framed canvas, hanging on a wall, showcasing a beautiful scene or portrait created by an artist via the use of brushes and paints. While a canvas may be the most recognized medium for artwork, art takes on many different forms and the canvas could be just about anything! Photographers, wood workers, sculptors, welders, musicians, chefs and other creatives are producing exquisite works of art from some of the most unlikely mediums.

If you are a regular reader of our weekly newsletter or have visited our showroom in the past few months, you’ve surely already seen our salvaged wood wall. This work of art was created from a pile of discarded wood sitting at our wood warehouse. Artists and creatives visit our showroom weekly seeking old tin ceiling tiles, salvaged wood, old doors, glass paned windows, and salvaged hardware, to be used as a canvas for their unique works of art. We have THE most creative customers! We are always humbled by your passion and intrigued with your many unique ideas.

What’s your canvas? Summer is a great time to allow your creative juices to run rampant! We have a warehouse full of salvaged items waiting to be turned in to beautiful works of art. If you need a little inspiration, check out our Pinterest boards. We’ve pinned a lot of ideas to get you started. Stop by our showroom and talk with us about your next project.

We also LOVE to receive pictures of your finished works. If you have a picture to share, please send it to info@sa1969.com or feel free to post pictures to our Facebook page.

Written by: Lisa Jones


The Tanner House

Southern Accents at The Tanner HouseSouthern Accents is a 45 year old family owned and operated business that resides in the heart of historical downtown Cullman, Alabama. We love our community and the small town values of the people we are surrounded by. While the internet has allowed us the opportunity to reach customers worldwide, having a physical presence in a second location has been an idea that, in recent years, we have considered. We’ve always believed that for this idea to become reality, the right opportunity would present itself and that when it did, we would know it. That right opportunity was recently presented to us! We now have a presence at The Tanner House in Nolensville, Tennessee and we are beyond thrilled!

Nolensville is a small, thriving town in East Tennessee. The area very much reminds us of downtown Cullman. When our good friend Mike Minard approached us with an idea that would allow us to showcase some of our architectural finds there, it just felt right. This past April, Mike and his wife Gretchen opened for business. The Tanner House is a vintage market located in an early 1900’s house that sits on the strip in Nolensville’s historical downtown shopping distract. Visit The Tanner House and you will find a unique collection of antiques, vintage goods, gift items and architectural finds.

Southern Accents has placed a unique collection of architectural antiques, including antique doors, mantels, bath fixtures, lighting, windows and more, at The Tanner House. Our hope is that expanding our physical presence will allow more people the opportunity to see the quality and beauty of the architectural pieces that we are salvaging. Pictures are great and words can be very descriptive, but there is no replacement for being able to physically see the grain and patina of aged wood or run your hand over the lines and curves of a piece of antique wrought iron. While this is a new venture for us… it is one that we hope will grow and expand over time.

We invite you to stop by The Tanner House and shop all of their beautiful inventory of antique and vintage goods, including architectural pieces from Southern Accents! Located about 15 minutes outside of Franklin, Tennessee, you can find them at 7307 Nolensville Road. They are open Monday through Saturday from 10 am till 6 pm. You can reach them by phone at 615-776-7307. When you stop by, don’t forget to tell them that Southern Accents sent you their way!

Written by: Lisa Jones


Appointment Please

As creative souls, we love the opportunity to sit down with our customers and give input on design ideas of your various projects. Whether it is a home renovation using salvaged materials, a specific custom creation, such as a table or door, the use of salvaged materials in restaurant decor or stage design, we enjoy being involved in the design process. While we would love to be able to sit down and spend one-on-one time with every customer, during our regular business hours, it is just not always possible. However, while Southern Accents showroom is closed to the public on Sundays and Mondays, we are available on Mondays for this creative process by appointment!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

If you’ve ever lived in a small town, you already know regular business hours are typically a little “different!” For Cullman, Alabama, that means that most businesses downtown, even a lot of the local restaurants, are closed on Mondays. Since most of the downtown businesses open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday are needed to allow owners and employees an opportunity to rest so that we can continue to work hard throughout the week. Most weeks, however, we will have a few out-of-town customers not familiar with this small town practice, travel to Cullman, only to be disappointed that we are closed. Even though our showroom is closed on Mondays, you can call ahead and book an appointment for a one-on-one consultation with Southern Accents owner, Garlan Gudger or sales team member Ben Sellers. Those seeking an appointment are asked to call at least one to two weeks in advance to inquire on appointment availability. Making a Monday appointment allows us the opportunity to focus our full attention on your project without the distractions of the day to day business during the rest of the week.

Once you’ve booked an appointment we encourage you to come prepared! Some of the things you will want to bring with you for your appointment include blueprints, exact measurements, sketches, and design ideas. If you have pictures of what you want your project to look like, print them off or have them organized on a Pinterest board that we can look at. If your project involves using salvaged materials for home, office or restaurant decor or possibly a stage design, have a sketch and measurements of the room or stage layout. The better prepared you are, the more progress we can make during your appointment.

During your appointment, you will be able to sit down with Garlan or Ben and discuss your project. If you are ready to look at materials, you will be able browse our selection of architectural antiques and salvaged goods in our showroom as well as our warehouses. If you are ready to make a purchase, you will also have the opportunity to purchase materials that day so come prepared to haul your wares home!

Ready for some one-on-one time? Call our showroom at 877 737-0554 during our regular business hours of Tuesday – Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm. Makenzie will take your request and contact information and then get back with you to schedule your appointment! We look forward to working with you on your next project!


Fly Me To The Moon!

We were SO excited about an event that took place this past Saturday in Huntsville, Alabama. Southern Accents created a one-of-a-kind stage design for “NASA on the Square!” Downtown Huntsville, Inc. partnered with Marshall Space Flight Center for an event that celebrated the amazing past, present and future programs and missions of NASA. This event took place on the Square in Downtown Huntsville on Saturday, June 21st, from 11:00 am till 4:00 pm. The festivities, designed for all ages, included live music, food, free activities, chats with astronauts, and more.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

In recent years, Southern Accents has been involved in the design and construction of several stages and sets. Our biggest projects to date have been Billy Reid’s set for 2013 Fashion Week in New York City as well as our work the past two years at Southern Makers. After the huge success of the first Southern Makers event, Southern Accents signed on for round two as one of the SM event curators and set designers. Coming off a second successful Southern Makers festival, we were approached about collaborating with NASA and GMC for this exciting event. Southern Accents was asked to design and construct the stage that was used by Marshall Center researchers, scientists and other team members as they presented short talks about their work. There was also live bands performing on the stage throughout the day. Agreeing to take on this project was an easy decision. Garlan stated, “Flying to the moon in a space rocket is a childhood dream of most young boys. The chance to be involved with the Marshall Space Flight Center for this celebration is an honor and an opportunity we knew we could have a lot of fun with!”

The Tintin rocket was the inspiration for the stage setup at "NASA on the Square" in Huntsville, Alabama.

The Tintin rocket was the inspiration for the stage setup at “NASA on the Square” in Huntsville, Alabama.

When sketching out design ideas for the stage, the obvious theme was a rocket. Andrea Jean of GMC was inspired by the Tintin rocket from the comic book series. Playing off of that idea, we incorporated a salvaged carnival ride rocket in our set design!

Huntsville has been home to the Marshall Center for more than 50 years! As always, we are proud of our Alabama connection and honored to have participated in this celebration.

This salvaged carnival rocket will be incorporated into the stage design. Thanks to the Tanner House in Nolensville, Tennessee for finding this great prop!

This salvaged carnival rocket will be incorporated into the stage design. Thanks to the Tanner House in Nolensville, Tennessee for finding this great prop!

Southern Accents team members worked hard all week constructing this unique set. The stage was located on the east side of the square. After arriving Saturday morning we had to tweak the set up just a bit to accommodate the band equipment but in the end we think the finished stage resulted in the coolest corner on the square!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

The antique carnival rocket was perfect for this stage setup! It definitely received a lot of attention throughout the day.

The antique carnival rocket was perfect for this stage setup! It definitely received a lot of attention throughout the day.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Our antique carnival wheel created a very cool backdrop for the drummers! This piece was added to our stage "by request."

Our antique carnival wheel created a very cool backdrop for the drummers! This piece was added to our stage “by request.”

This backdrop to the left side of the stage was created with salvaged windows backed with old corrugated tin, mimicking the look of the steel test stands that are currently under construction at Marshall Space Flight Center.

This backdrop to the left side of the stage was created with salvaged windows backed with old corrugated tin, mimicking the look of the steel test stands that are currently under construction at Marshall Space Flight Center.

 

We used salvaged industrial molds and gas heater masks to create interest along the stage side.

We used salvaged industrial molds and gas heater masks to create interest along the stage side.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Four bands took the stage throughout the day to entertain the crowd!

Four bands took the stage throughout the day to entertain the crowd!

Thanks to the SA team for all their hard work in turning this vision into reality! Also thanks to Andrea Jean from GMC who is always a pleasure to work with!

Thanks to the SA team for all their hard work in turning this vision into reality! Also thanks to Andrea Jean from GMC who is always a pleasure to work with!

Southern Accents is a great resource for event planners and coordinaters who are looking for something different and unique. If you have an upcoming event that requires the construction of an entrance or stage, please come talk to us and let us show you how we can help.

If you live within driving distance of our showroom and are simply looking for props for an upcoming wedding or event, we can help out there as well! We have a great selection of architectural pieces available for rent! You can reach us toll free at 877 737-0554 or by email at: info@sa1969.com.

Written by: Lisa Jones
Photographs by: Lisa Jones

 


“Wood” You Marry Me?

What is it about a stack of salvaged barn wood that would warrant a husband choosing it as an anniversary gift for his wife? We were elated to read a story this week from one of our customers, Stephen Smith. Stephen and his wife Michele traveled from Bohannon Ford, Alabama to Cullman this past Saturday with a specific goal in mind: a visit to Southern Accents wood warehouse! Celebrating their 26th anniversary, instead of jewelry, Michele asked for wood… not just any wood, but specifically old barn wood with loads of character!

Southern Accents Architectural AntiquesThe Smith’s had spent years trying to decide what to do with a 9 foot wide accent wall in their kitchen. Having made the decision to cover the wall with old wood, they embarked on a mission to find the perfect covering. Their trip to Southern Accents could not have been timed any better! Upon arriving at our wood warehouse they immediately spotted a stack of gray barn wood with a hint of white paint still hanging on to the boards. They shared their project plans with SA team member Justin who showed them several available wood options, but they kept going back to that first stack. As it turns out, that stack of barn wood had just been unloaded. Stephen and Michele were also fortunate enough to be able to gather a little history on the 112 year old wood from the man who salvaged it!

The salvaged wood chosen for the Smith’s kitchen wall project came from a 1902 barn that a few days prior had stood on a farm in Ada, Ohio. As Stephen began measuring and cutting the lap board siding for his wall, he discovered writing on the back of one of the boards. The penciled marks read “corn planter for drilling” along with a planting chart. Were these notes written over 100 years ago by the barns original owner or are the scribblings more recent? Either way, it is a clear note from a hard working farmer who surely treasured his barn. The discovery of this marking only added character to this prized stack of wood.

The markings on this piece of siding from the 1902 barn only adds character.

The markings on this piece of siding from the 1902 barn only adds character.

Project complete, Stephen and Michele’s kitchen wall looks fabulous! We thank them for sharing their story and pictures. If you visit Southern Accents on Facebook, look for Stephen’s full story posted on our timeline.

The Smith's finished barn wood kitchen wall looks fabulous!

The Smith’s finished barn wood kitchen wall looks fabulous!

We invite you to visit our wood warehouse and let us show you our incredible selection of salvaged wood. One of our knowledgable team members can help you pick out the perfect stack for your next project! Our wood warehouse is open Tuesday – Friday from 9 am till 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am till 4 pm.

Pictures used courtesy of Stephen V. Smith


Showroom History

When you visit our showroom, our collection of architectural antiques is quite impressive. But look beyond the doors, mantels, columns, tubs, etc. and you will see beautiful brick walls, old fire doors and creaky old wood floors. The Southern Accents showroom is rich with history and warrants a visit to Cullman, Alabama all on its own!

Cullman was founded in 1873 by Colonel John G. Cullmann, a German refugee who’s dream was to develop a thriving German immigrant colony in the South. Colonel Cullmann’s recruiting efforts were successful and by 1877, the settlement had grown enough to meet the population requirement needed for the creation of a new county.

Southern Accents Architectural AntiquesIn 1884, one of the first banks in Cullman was established, Parker Bank & Trust Company. The Cullman community was growing at a rapid rate and there was a need for housing. By 1910 Parker Bank had built two adjoining buildings next door as an investment property to help meet that need. Initially, one of the buildings that now houses Southern Accents showroom, served as a hotel providing temporary shelter for new immigrants moving to the area. Years later the hotel was turned into a girls boarding school and dormitory. Eventually the building returned to housing families upstairs while the downstairs was rented to retail shop owners. Over time, the bank continued to add to this building. Today, this building which faces 2nd Ave SE, houses four retail businesses, including Southern Accents. The old Parker Bank building is still standing next door and is currently under renovation.

This building, erected around 1910, as it stands today. Southern Accents showroom is the second storefront from the right.

This building, erected around 1910, as it stands today. Southern Accents showroom is the second storefront from the right.

In the late 1970’s Dr. Garlan Gudger, Sr., looking to move his hobby turned architectural antique business to the downtown area, initially purchased the storefront closest to the Parker Bank building. Next door was a paint store owned by a Mr. Jay Cole. As Dr. Gudger’s inventory and customer base increased he saw the need for a larger retail space. Dr. Gudger purchased the larger storefront space from Mr. Cole in the early 80’s and moved his wares next door, where we can still be found today.

Southern Accents famous salvaged wood wall!

Southern Accents famous salvaged wood wall!

In the years since moving to our current location, our showroom has undergone a few changes including the addition of a large stairway which further increased our retail space by allowing easy access to the second floor. In April of 2011 the building sustained damage from the F4 tornado that destroyed a good portion of Cullman’s downtown area. The damage was repaired and 2014 saw the addition of office space upstairs along with our salvaged wood wall that is already on the “must see” list when visiting us!

Peek into our spindle room upstairs and take a look at our map hanging on the wall. This map is covered with pins showing where all our wonderful customers have come from!

Peek into our spindle room upstairs and take a look at our map hanging on the wall. This map is covered with pins showing where all our wonderful customers have come from!

Our showroom is open Tues – Fri 9am to 5pm and Sat 10am to 4pm. Stop in for a visit and let one of our team members show you around! You can also watch this VIDEO for a brief tour of our showroom!

Written by: Lisa Jones


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