Blacksmithing Demonstration

This past Saturday, artist Berry Allen joined us at Southern Accents for an ironwork demonstration. Berry demonstrated how he turns iron into hardware and decorative pieces for the home.

Southern Accents Architectural AntiquesBerry is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. He specializes in hand built clay figures, free form platters, and large metal sculptures. Berry spent four years in Birmingham specializing in blacksmithing and stone and fountain restoration before returning to Huntsville in 2006. He has been a featured artist at the Panoply Arts Festival and has had his work exhibited at the Von Braun Center Visual Arts Achievement Program. He has been project manager and part of the fountain installation team for Bridge Street in Huntsville.

Berry’s interest in blacksmithing was peaked in college when he saw liquid iron for the first time. He was introduced to it by an adjunct professor from Sloss Furnaces. Berry said that he likes having the ability to take a material that is rigid and cold and transform it by fire into something that has movement and warmth. Berry is living a lot of young boy’s dreams… he gets to play with fire every day!

When asked about his connection with Southern Accents Berry said, “I’ve been an avid shopper with SA for years. As an artist, I appreciate hand crafted products. I am intrigued by all the items that are salvaged and saved by Southern Accents. I love how so many of their salvaged goods are fashioned by hand into useful items and works of art”.

Berry Allen at Southern Accents

Thanks to everyone who stopped by Saturday. We had a great turn out to watch Berry demonstrate his skills. We’ve had a lot of great feedback and hope to have Berry back in the near future. In the mean time, you can visit Berry at his studio located between Walker Avenue and Howe Street in Huntsville or online at www.baughart.com. We will also be bringing some of Berry’s creations to our showroom soon!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques


SA’s Resident Artist, Sculptor, Woodworker

Stop by Southern Accents wood shop during the week and you will likely find Josh Howe hard at work doing what he loves most… working with his hands. Josh is multi talented and brilliantly creative. We met Josh two years ago at our annual alley party that he attended with his wife Amber, who had been working with us to coordinate the events entertainment. There was an instant connection and shortly after Josh joined our team.

Southern Accents Architectural AntiquesJosh came to SA with an extensive background in granite, stone, ceramic and wood. Josh is a graduate of the University of Montevallo with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree. His concentration in sculpture was made evident when he showed up recently with some magnificent pieces that he had sculpted from wood and metal. Josh especially loves working with tools, but also throughly enjoys the creative process of seeing a project through from conception to completion. He has been instrumental in working on many recent projects for SA from designing an award last year for Main Street Alabama to our most recent design projects for Southern Makers.

Josh spends the bulk of his time at Southern Accents in the wood shop where he does everything from repairing salvaged antique items such as doors and mantels to designing and building custom items from salvaged wood for our many customers. Away from work Josh enjoys restoring old furniture and is particularly fascinated with the history of architectural pieces. His greatest joy however, is spending time with his wife Amber and their two young children Vesta and Sylas.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Our in house wood shop allows us the ability to strip and sand many of the architectural pieces that we salvage, bringing the wood back to a natural finish. Josh and Roger are also able to make needed repairs as well as custom build doors, tables and other items from salvaged wood. If you would like a quote on a custom job, please give us a call or stop by our showroom during regular business hours.


The Dog Days of Southern Accents

Southern Accents mission is to rescue, restore, protect, and document architectural elements of historical significance. What you may not know about Southern Accents, is that we also have been known to rescue elements of the furry (and feathered) kind! Search our blog and you will find several entries about Chance and Bobby, SA owners Garlan and Heather Gudger’s rescue dogs. Last fall they added a new member to the family when they took in a stray kitten, Pumpkin!

Pumpkin was a stray kitten rescued by Heather and her boys last fall. Pumpkin, who thinks she is a dog, has become a permanent member of the Gudger household.

Pumpkin was a stray kitten rescued by Heather and her boys last fall. Pumpkin, who thinks she is a dog, has become a permanent member of the Gudger household.

Visit our showroom and you will discover that we are a “pet friendly” business. Quite often, our lab mix Chance, will meet and welcome you at the front door. We have a grassy area in our back alley and recently installed pet litter bags to accommodate our four legged friends who may need to “take a break” during their shopping trip! Our affection for animals extends well past our owners rescue pets. Last spring we nursed two baby bunnies back to health after their nest was destroyed by a storm. We keep a bag of bird food handy to help out the momma birds who nest each spring above our back door.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Chance was only a few weeks old when he was rescued from the parking lot of our wood showroom. You can read Chance’s story in our blog post from July 12, 2012.

In an effort to help support those who are working to find loving homes for rescued pets, we are collecting bags of dog food during the month of June. Bring in a large bag of dog food, minimum of 18lbs or larger, and receive *20% off regular priced items. All pet food will be donated to Crossing Paths, a no kill rescue organization working to unite dogs that have been rescued from shelters with forever homes.

Come visit with us at our showroom, drop off your dog food donation, and use your discount to pick up those cool architectural items you’ve had your eye on!! *Discount applies to regular priced merchandise. Discount is not valid on consignment items, special orders, previous purchases, already discounted items, custom orders, wood shop services or shipping.

Meet some of the other SA Team and their four legged family members!

Channing, who was rescued from the local animal shelter, is the newest member of Makenzie's family. Makenzie rescued Channing last fall. This picture was taken the morning that she picked him up. Channing hasn't stopped smiling!!

Channing, who was rescued from the local animal shelter, is the newest member of Makenzie’s family. Makenzie rescued Channing last fall. This picture was taken the morning that she picked him up. Channing hasn’t stopped smiling!!

Ben and his wife Lindzie are the proud owners of three labs, Nala, Huck and Tate. Their four legged children are preparing to welcome a new member to the family this fall!

Ben and his wife Lindzie are the proud owners of three labs, Nala, Huck and Tate. Their four legged children are preparing to welcome a new member to the family this fall!

This picture of Lisa's daughter Isabella and her new lab puppy Maura captures the incredible bound that can form between an owner and their pet. Maura shares her home with Lisa's three other dogs, one of which is a rescued collie mix named Max.

This picture of Lisa’s daughter Isabella and her new lab puppy Maura captures the incredible bound that can form between an owner and their pet. Maura shares her home with Lisa’s three other dogs, one of which is a rescued collie mix named Max.


Where Does It All Come From?

Not a day passes at Southern Accents that someone doesn’t walk through our showroom door and ask where we find all of our inventory or how do we find the structures that we salvage. That is somewhat of a difficult question to answer being that there is no one answer that covers all the places. Walking through our showroom, each piece has it’s own story of where it came from and how it found its way to us.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents has been in existence since 1969. We are the oldest and largest architectural salvage business in Alabama. Throughout the past 46 years our business has continued to grow and expand, reaching customers throughout the nation. The past several years we have actively marketed exactly what we do which is to rescue, restore, protect and document architectural elements of historical significance. Because of our increasing presence in the salvage industry, we are often approached by property owners when they have an antique structure that needs to be rescued. As there becomes a greater awareness of how salvaged architectural elements can be reused or repurposed, more property owners realize the importance of rescuing material from structures that need to be taken down and will contact us.

At times, we will hear of an old house or building that is scheduled for demolition and we will reach out to the property owner to state our interest in salvaging the structure before it is demolished. We also plan several “picking” trips each year. Over the years we have established relationships with collectors throughout the country who are familiar with the specific type of architectural items that we restore. We contact them ahead of time and plan a buying trip. We are always looking for new resources and quite often will make pit stops during a buying trip to check out inventory from potential new sources.

One of our most recent salvage projects, an 1894 house in South Carolina

One of our most recent salvage projects, an 1894 house in South Carolina

Many of the items that we have, specifically a lot of the small antiques, come to us by way of our customers! We get calls and e-mails weekly from our customers who are cleaning or renovating a structure and have items that they can’t bear to throw away. We love the fact that Southern Accents is becoming synonymous with the word salvage. We hope to be the first thought everyone thinks when they have architectural salvage that they need to part with.

Visit our showroom and you will find a selection of small antique items and salvaged art created by local artists from salvaged goods.

Visit our showroom and you will find a selection of small antique items and salvaged art created by local artists from salvaged goods.

If you have architectural elements that you think we may be interested in, send a picture of your items, detailed information, any known history, and dimensions to info@sa1969.com. Specific items that we may be interested in are antique clawfoot tubs, farmhouse sinks, solid wood doors, mantels, corbels, decorative trim, fretwork, newel posts, and wrought iron as well as salvaged barn wood and beams. All emailed submissions will be reviewed and we will contact you if interested.


From Warehouse to Wow!

Located just one mile down the road from Southern Accents showroom at 250 Janeway Drive is our Salvaged Wood Showroom.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Over the past several years, reclaimed lumber has increasingly become a larger part of our architectural salvage business. Last year we increased the size of our wood storage facility with the addition of a second warehouse! The new warehouse not only gave us more storage room, but it also provided an area that allows us to mill a lot of the salvaged wood ourselves. Currently we have over 250,000 square feet of salvaged barn wood, beadboard, trim, handhewn and circular sawn beams.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Our Salvaged Wood Showroom, which is open to the public during regular business hours, is run by team member John. Before moving to the U.S. from Columbia, John was a licensed and practicing architect and has the knowledge to help you select the perfect materials that will turn your next wood project into that WOW factor! Many of our customers have used salvaged wood and timbers for projects ranging from flooring, wall coverings, ceiling coverings, custom doors, furniture, rustic mantels and more.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Visit our Project Spotlight Pinterest Board to view some of our customers projects that have been created using salvaged and reclaimed wood from Southern Accents. You can visit our wood warehouse Tues – Fri from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Our new facility houses much of our salvaged circular sawn and handhewn timbers. The timbers are available in a natural or oiled finish. They can be left in the rough or sanded. We can also mill them to any desired length for use as rustic mantels.

Our new facility houses much of our salvaged circular sawn and handhewn timbers. The timbers are available in a natural or oiled finish. They can be left in the rough or sanded. We can also mill them to any desired length for use as rustic mantels.

Our two Wood Warehouses are filled with salvaged wood and trim. Our inventory changes weekly and includes a variety of wood species in naturally distressed and aged paint finishes. The wood can be used as is or can be planed to reveal a clean face finish.

Our two Wood Warehouses are filled with salvaged wood and trim. Our inventory changes weekly and includes a variety of wood species in naturally distressed and aged paint finishes. The wood can be used as is or can be planed to reveal a clean face finish.

Photography by: Lisa Jones


SM2015 – One For The History Books!

Trying to adequately describe Southern Makers to those who have never been is a difficult task. It’s neither a craft fair nor an art show, but rather an experience. Our experience this past weekend was nothing short of spectacular! The weather was perfect, the crowds exhilarating, the level of talent impressive, and the camaraderie with fellow makers treasured. This years event was the best yet!

The Southern Accents Booth.

The Southern Accents Booth.

When asked to describe this past weekend in three words, some of the responses from the SA Team were: creativity, passion, inspiring, connections, friends, work, achievement, humbling, thankful, and blessed.Our team returned late Monday after an all night session of dis-mantling and loading the many elements that we contributed to this years event which included the entrance, stage, conversation tent and quite a few vendor booths, including our own. The opportunity to spend time at an event of this magnitude with like minded artists who share our vision and passion makes all of our hard work worth the effort. The icing on the cake was the many conversations that took place with attendees. The excitement that exuded from the crowd was invigorating. And even better is the fact that through our efforts, we were able to help raise funds for a very worthwhile cause, E.A.T. South. 

The 2015 Southern Makers Stage!

The 2015 Southern Makers Stage!

We hope that everyone is following Southern Accents social media pages as we will be sharing more pictures and stories in the days and weeks to come of this unforgettable event. We will also be updating everyone on future events as planning begins for 2016. In the mean time, we would like to thank everyone who worked tireless hours to make Southern Makers 2015 the huge success that it was. We would also like to thank all of the extremely talented Makers for their participation as well everyone who supported our efforts by attending the event. Job well done!

Union Station Train Depot, Montgomery, Alabama

Union Station Train Depot, Montgomery, Alabama

The entrance was a collaboration between Southern Accents and Walker Timber Frames.

The entrance was a collaboration between Southern Accents and Walker Timber Frames.

The large scale replica of the state of Alabama was constructed of salvaged wood and trim and includes a representation of each county. Local artist Leldon Maxcy cut each piece with his scroll saw!

The large scale replica of the state of Alabama was constructed of salvaged wood and trim and includes a representation of each county. Local artist Leldon Maxcy cut each piece with his scroll saw!

Billy Reid's booth was one of several built by the Southern Accents Team.

Billy Reid’s booth was one of several built by the Southern Accents Team.

SA used salvaged wood to construct the backdrop for the Revelator Coffee booth. The tables were created by our friends at Wood Studio!

SA used salvaged wood to construct the backdrop for the Revelator Coffee booth. The tables were created by our friends at Wood Studio!

The Pine Hill Haints closed out the show Sunday night.

The Pine Hill Haints closed out the show Sunday night.


Rub A Dub Tub

Southern Accents is seeing a huge resurgence in the popularity of clawfoot tubs. The antique, cast iron tubs are one of our most sought after items as we get numerous inquiries each week from customers looking for them. We take advantage of every opportunity to rescue these beauties! While many of the tubs that we obtain aren’t in perfect condition, our friend Stephen Bush, at Rub-a-Dub Tub, is an expert when it comes to lovingly restoring them to like new condition!

These salvaged, claw foot tubs will look brand new once refinished.

These salvaged, claw foot tubs will look brand new once refinished.

Most of the old cast iron tubs and sinks can be refinished and given a new life. We are all familiar with the traditional white, roll top bath tub, but what many don’t realize, is that there are numerous finish options available. Your tub can be turned into your own unique work of art! In addition to unlimited color options, the exterior of the tub can even be finished in stone, glass or tile! If you want a rustic look, a “wood” finish can be applied to the exterior giving the bath the look of real wood!

Restoring a procelain finish cast iron tub is a multi step process. The outside of the tub is first sandblasted, primed and sanded to be ready to paint. The interior of the tub is cleaned and etched. It then receives a coat of primer followed by a top coat of paint. The painted tub is then wet sanded and polished to give it that smooth finish before a final coat of acrylic urethane is applied. Unlike the cheap appliance paints that you can purchase in hardware stores, this detailed method of restoration ensures that your tub or sink is brought back to like-new condition.

This salvaged, cast iron, claw foot tub has been totally refinished, fitted with new feet and is ready for it's new home!

This salvaged, cast iron, claw foot tub has been totally refinished, fitted with new feet and is ready for it’s new home!

Often, the tubs we rescue may be missing one or more feet. Fitting an antique tub with feet is quite a task. Tubs are custom fitted for their specific feet when cast, therefore each type of foot has a unique peg connection, peg length, and curvature of the top of the foot that must match the tub. We have a collection of tub feet that we pull from when needed. When replacing feet on a tub, we install a safety clip to the back of the leg to help secure the feet, preventing them from coming off. These safety clips are cast especially for Southern Accents to ensure the tub is stable when it is being filled with water once installed in a home.

Most salvaged clawfoot tubs, before refinishing, range in price from $350 to $650. The refinishing cost ranges in price from approximately $850 to $1200. Visit Southern Accents showroom or website to view our collection of antique and vintage bath fixtures which include clawfoot tubs, pedestal and farmhouse sinks and more!


Life Reflections

This past Sunday was my 40th birthday! On this day, I watched my oldest son play a travel baseball tournament in Southhaven, Mississippi. I traveled to the Natchez trace to look at an 1860’s log cabin that a friend in Boston wants me to de-construct. I met “Nana” and was blessed by her wonderful hospitality. She showed my two boys and my niece around her farm and allowed us to feed and pet the horses, swing in a hammock, and drive a 4wheeler. She gave the children a piece of pottery she had hand-made, allowed them to use a flat bottom metal boat and paddle themselves around her pond, find a big snake and helped me select a location for the reconstruction of the 1860’s log cabin for her wonderful son, Mack. Afterwards, I drove back home to Alabama with these three amigos to eat Mexican food and play games, all while jamming to music with the windows rolled down.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

My 40th birthday was an #architecturaladventure that I will always cherish. My day was packed full of activities and fun, but today, of all days, I really wanted to find a moment to take a deep breath and reflect on what and who and where I am in life. I found that moment while rocking on the front porch with my 80 year young new friend, Nana. As we discussed our lives, rocking and talking at the top of a long sloped hill, I was able to view my children and niece truly playing, without electronics, and life seemed a million miles away. I thought of all the cool and interesting places, people, and events that I have been able to be associated with, but of my greatest achievements, those little ones in that boat are by far what make me the proudest! For them to call me Daddy and Uncle and say their prayers at night with me, while they hug me… well, it makes me swell up inside with pride. I am shaping their future with my time and love. I’ve come to realize that it doesn’t matter how big my bank account is or what position I hold, these things have little meaning if I fail to be part of their life. I have always wondered where I would be in life when I reached 40, and I can truly say that I am exactly where I am suppose to be – home with my family. I am blessed. #digmygig

Written by: Garlan Gudger


Countdown to Southern Makers 2015

We’re at three weeks and counting!!! Our excitement and anticipation is growing as we are making final preparations for this years Southern Makers event!

Southern Accents at Southern Makers

This is by far our favorite event of the year as it brings together some of the best artisans, craftsmen, chefs, brewers, musicians, farmers, and designers from across the state for one weekend. If you have not seen the lineup of Makers for this years event, check it out… 2015 Makers.

There will be so much to see and do at this year’s festival. Don’t have your tickets yet… what are you waiting for? Tickets are limited… get yours today!

Southern Makers 2015A limited number of tickets for Southern Makers 2015are still available. Pre purchasing your ticket will ensure entrance into this highly anticipated yearly event. The event will take place May 2nd and 3rd in downtown Montgomery, Alabama at the Union Station Train Shed. Available tickets include single day, all weekend pass, or VIP all access ticket which includes an invite to the VIP kick off party on Friday night, May 1st. Children 10 and under are admitted free. Don’t delay… you do NOT want to miss this event! Follow Southern Accents and Southern Makers on Facebook so that you don’t miss out on any of the upcoming announcements, giveaways and exciting news!

The Southern Makers App is NOW available! Download it from the iPhone App Store. The app features event schedules, social media, photos, and makers info.


Keeping Our Nose To The Grind Stone!

At first glance these salvaged mill grist stones might pale in comparison to some of our more ornate architectural finds but not so! Millstones are a symbol of harvest and hospitality and date as far back as the dawn of man. The millstone is also referenced numerous times in the Bible. Samson, for example, after having been captured by the Philistines, was bound with bronze chains at the helm of a millstone and made to grind grain in their prison. The first economies in America were built around grist mills. Access to a millstone and grain were life sustaining resources for many cultures throughout history.

This European millstone is 6 1/2 feet in diameter and 13 inches thick.

This European millstone is 6 1/2 feet in diameter and 13 inches thick.

Millstones typically came in pairs and are cut from burrstone or limestone. The base or bed stone was larger and normally set in concrete or mortar to keep it stationary. The top or runner stone was a bit smaller and contained a handle. Grooves were hand cut into the face of the stones, the design of which ranged from subtle to elaborate. Grain was fed through a hole in the top of the runner stone. As this stone was rotated back and forth the groves cut through the grains of wheat, much like scissors, eventually grinding them to a fine flour. Smaller stones were used in homes and required two people to rotate the runner stone. Larger stones, available for community or commercial use, required considerable man power or quite often livestock to operate. Although access to flour for baking bread was vital, the act of grinding the grain was considered a menial task. Millstones were also used for grinding spices, nuts, and even pressing olives.

The hand carved grooves on the face of this millstone are beautiful.

The hand carved grooves on the face of this millstone are beautiful.

Today, these millstones are a considered a prized possession. The variety of intricate hand carvings on the face are works of art. For many, the stones are collector items. They quickly become a unique conversation piece when used in garden and landscapes. Currently we have three unique stones that we recently acquired. We have a 42″, 48″ and a large 6.5′ in diameter European millstone. All three stones are on display at our wood warehouse. Stop by or visit us online to view more pictures and pricing information.

Each millstone is unique in size and face patterns.

Each millstone is unique in size and face patterns.

The millstones are located at our Wood Warehouse on Janeway Drive in Cullman, Alabama.

The millstones are located at our Wood Warehouse on Janeway Drive in Cullman, Alabama.

Written by Lisa Jones


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 21,308 other followers

%d bloggers like this: