|Recently, at one of our weekly team meetings, team member John shared with us a dream that he had. In his dream, one side of our wood showroom had large, clear, glass windows down one wall. The parking lot was full with customers who had traveled from far away. They were lined up outside the glass windows, peering through to watch our guys at work. We selected, milled, and finished our vintage timbers so that they could purchase the salvaged wood items from John. If you visit our wood showroom, you will quickly understand why John dreams about salvaged wood.
The part of John’s dream where customers are coming from all areas of the U.S. has already come true. Several years ago we placed a world map on cork board and hung it in our front showroom. We asked customers to place pins in the map to represent where they were from. It wasn’t long before our map was filled with pins. While the majority was centered in the SE, there were pins that marked paths from California to New York and Canada to South America! We were amazed at how far so many of our customers had traveled. While many of our customers tell us that they were “passing through” and just had to stop, many others let us know that they traveled to Cullman JUST TO VISIT US!!
To confirm our map and your pins, we were recently honored to have been officially recognized by the Alabama Tourism Department as an Alabama “Tourist Destination!!” We were thrilled to have received this distinction… a distinction that our customers have recognized for some time! We are proud to serve our State in such a great fashion and will continue to welcome visitors from across the globe!
John’s dream was not too far off! When planning a trip to Cullman, Alabama to visit Southern Accents, you will discover that we have a lot to look at! Now… if we could only get Garlan to install those large windows, John’s full dream would become reality!! Plan a day trip to Cullman soon and come see us!
Being huge fans of Garden & Gun Magazine, we were humbled when an article on Southern Accents was featured in their latest issue! Our friend, and free lance writer, Jennifer Kornegay contacted us several months back that she had been contacted by G&G and asked to write an article about our business. We love how Garden & Gun portrays all things Southern and were thrilled they chose to include us. The article titled “Recovery Room” can be found on page 157 in the April/May 2016 issue, now on newstands.
Last year was our first opportunity to work with Garden & Gun. We were contracted by Mason Plus Dixon to design and build the G&G Artist Tent for Slossfest, a yearly music festival that takes place at the historic Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama. We are excited to announce that we will be working with Garden & Gun again this summer to design and build the artist tent for Slossfest 2016!
The theme of this months issue is “Outlaws and Renegades.” Given the fact that we think of our Southern Accents Team as being a band of creative misfits, inclusion in this particular issue seems quite appropriate! We think of ourselves as rebels, pounding the streets in an effort to rescue architectural relics that most deem old, worn, useless and rubble bound for the nearest landfill. We would like to thank Garden & Gun and everyone involved in the article for recognizing the important part we are playing in helping to preserve the architectural heritage of our American history.
Pick up the latest issue of Garden & Gun at your local news stand or book store or visit them online at: gardenandgun.com.
Photos: Graham Yelton
A couple of weeks ago we braved freezing temperatures, torrential downpours and pelting sleet while traveling south to Sloss Furnaces to make a BIG announcement… Southern Makers has added a second show! Mark your calendars. September 10 – 11, Southern Makers will be at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama.
Last Thursday, the Alabama Tourism Department held a press conference unveiling their theme for 2016. This year is proclaimed as “The Year of Alabama Makers”!! The theme was based off the Southern Makers event that has placed innovation, creativity, and passion to the forefront for ALL Alabama Makers since it’s inception in 2013. We were thrilled to join Lee Sentell, the State of Alabama Tourism department director, and Leigh Sloss-Corra representing the Pepper Place Market, for the press conference, which took place at the historic Sloss Furnaces.
Also, in conjunction with this year’s state theme, the Market at Pepper Place in Birmingham will host a Makers’ Village each Saturday morning during the months of June, July and August. The Makers’ Village will be set up in the parking lot of chef Chris Hastings’ new OvenBird restaurant and will feature a variety of merchandise from Alabama artisans and craftspeople, many of whom will also be participating in the Southern Makers event.
Tickets for the 4th annual Southern Makers held Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 at the Union Station Train Shed in Montgomery, Alabama are on sale NOW can be purchased by visiting southernmakers.com Ticket prices begin at $35 for a one day adult pass or $50 for the weekend. Children 10 and under are admitted free. VIP passes are also available. This show sells out every year so get your tickets now!
Details for Southern Makers at Sloss Furnaces on September 10 – 11 will be forthcoming. Make sure that you are following both Southern Makers and Southern Accents social media accounts to receive up to date news. Detailed information, Maker applications, and ticket info coming soon.
Not familiar with Southern Makers…
Southern Makers is a two-day event that celebrates and cultivates Southern creativity and innovation by bringing together highly curated, handpicked top talent that “make”…music, designs, buildings, farms, art, food, beer, clothing, soap, coffee, and tea – essentially the top makers in their respective trades. Ranging from experts in Architecture to art, fashion, food, repurposing, and everything in between, the event explores southern based creativity that enriches lives.
This is an event that is created for makers (and enthusiasts), by makers as a platform to come together in one central location to network, learn, inspire and cultivate the southern soul that keeps Alabama and Southern Makers unique and special.
Get your tickets and make plans now to attend!
Ever so often we are presented with an opportunity that is simply too hard to pass up. This past fall Mike Wolfe of American Pickers and his lovely wife Jodi visited our showroom. As is the case with so many of our customers who hold a deep appreciation and respect for things of old, we immediately connected with Mike. Mike and Jodi toured our main showroom and then traveled a short distance down the road to our salvaged wood showroom. Mike carefully selected salvaged lumber from several stacks for a specific project that he had in mind. Several weeks later we found ourselves on the top of a mountain in Tennessee, salvaged wood in hand, ready to tackle Mike’s project.
If you are a fan of American Pickers, you probably know that Mike has an impressive collection of antique motorcycles. Mike built a large garage to house his motorcycle collection. In one corner of the garage he included an office. Mike wanted to create an atmosphere for his office that matched the look and feel of his collection.
Working with the salvaged wood that Mike hand picked, we covered the interior back wall of the office with re-milled quarter sawn white oak. The ceiling was dressed with antique beadboard and the floor was a mixture of stained and painted white oak. The exterior wall of the office was wrapped with reclaimed lumber in a kaleidoscope of gorgeous colors. Once installed, the wood was finished with two coats of linseed oil.
We loved working with Mike on his project. Upon completion, Mike took one look and declared that his new office was “sexy”! We’ll take that compliment!!
Thanks to Meghan Aileen from Antiquearchaeology.com for sharing her fantastic photos of Mike, Garlan and Josh! If you somehow missed their blog post last week showcasing their visit to Southern Accents, you can read it HERE!
Southern Accents wanted to design a valentine, and with the help of local artist Leldon Maxcy, we created some gorgeous salvaged wood hearts! Each one-of-a-kind heart is hand crafted from salvaged wood and is ready to hang. The hearts, which are available in two sizes in a variety of color options, have been very popular and make a great gift item for your valentine.
Over the years we have called on Leldon on many occasions to help us out with odd jobs. We weren’t aware of his mad scroll saw skills until a couple of years ago when he brought in some ornaments that he had made for Christmas. We were blown away with the intricate details in the wood that he had created with the use of his scroll saw.
Last year as we were preparing for Southern Makers, we decided that we wanted to build a huge replica of the State of Alabama to use as the stage backdrop. We wanted each county represented and we wanted the backdrop to be a colorful mix of salvaged wood. As the Alabama design began to take shape, we knew that Leldon was the one with the skills to cut out each county and help us create our over sized Alabama puzzle. He rose to the challenge and the backdrop was a huge hit!
After Southern Makers we began getting requests for the state cutouts on a smaller scale. We put Leldon to work and have kept him busy ever since! We currently have the Alabama cutouts in two sizes as well as picture frames and our newest creations, the hearts.
We will be bringing a great selection of our salvaged wood art with us to Southern Makers April 30 – May 1. Tickets for Southern Makers are currently on sale at southernmakers.com. In the interim, stop by our showroom to see the wide variety of wall art that we have to offer.
Every week we have customers who walk through our showroom looking for that architectural piece that “speaks to them”. Each time we hear these comments from customers, we grin, because we know they’ve come to the right place!
At Southern Accentswe tend to think of our inventory, not as pieces of wood or metal, but as historical elements with a story to tell. For example, we wonder how many of our doors have served both as a sign of welcome, as well as a source of protection from weather in someone’s home. We imagine the many souls who have passed through the door ways. Each of our doors has it’s own unique story to tell, a story that grows richer with time.
Lighting, while an essential element in every home, has it’s own story to tell. We are curious about which of our lights might have provided comfort to a frightened child at night who was scared of the dark, or which light kept vigil all night with a student studying for a final exam, or kept watch as long time friends or family visited well into the dark hours of the night. Which light might have been dimmed to create a romantic setting for that young man asking the girl of his dreams to be his wife, or which one was faithful to greet it’s owner each morning before daybreak as he prepared for work.
We think about how each fireplace mantel could have framed the only source of heat for someones home. We envision the many stories told, and secrets shared by those gathered in front of the warmth of the flames. We wonder how many of the hearths have provided a home for treasured photos and family heirlooms as well as supported the weight of many a Christmas stocking filled with holiday goodies.
While we love to envision the treasured memories and happy stories, we also realize that many of our pieces have bore witness to sad events. The death of a loved one, men marching off to war, the hard times experienced by many households during times of economic distress. Whatever the story, good or bad, each one is a part of our history that deserves to be preserved. We feel strongly that with each architectural piece that we save, we are protecting a piece of history, an element of someone’s story that deserves to be safeguarded for future generations. Each piece that we rescue will be given the opportunity to be a part of a new story.
When you stop by our showroom, take time to really study the pieces and allow them to speak to you. Choose the ones that you want to include in your story and know that with each piece you select, you are helping to preserve a piece of someone’s history as you write your own.
This past year we took on several custom jobs that have become some of our favorite projects to date. This office, created for McPherson Oil in Trussville, Alabama is one example.
Ken McPherson contacted Southern Accents about creating custom cabinets and tables for his office from salvaged wood. After visiting the company headquarters and getting a feel for the office space, the creative process began. Ken requested a large conference table, desk, cabinets and shelving. We knew we wanted to couple the salvaged wood with an industrial design so we went in search for the perfect base for both the table and desk. When we ran across the large iron industrial pieces, we knew they were exactly what we needed for the office space. Two large single cypress slabs were used to create the desk top. We incorporated the natural live edge on the exposed side of the desk to create a rustic, but tailored, look that paired perfectly with the cast iron industrial base.
Salvaged wood was used to create the large “farm style” conference table which was also paired with an industrial iron base. One end of the table features a hidden media area which will accommodate a number of cell phone and laptop plugins.
Various shades of salvaged barn wood were used for the cabinet and shelving unit, which also features a live edge counter to match the desk. While the wood and iron definitely give the office a masculine look, Ken quickly filled the shelves with family photos, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.
If you would like a quote on a custom project or piece, stop by our showroom or give us a call at 877 737-0554.
As we begin looking back at the year 2015, we are astounded with all that we have accomplished. Although to say that 2015 has been our best year to date sounds a little cliche’, it is a true statement! This past year has kept us bustling… each project has been filled with excitement and has pushed our creativity to new heights!
2015 began with a trip to Spartanburg, South Carolina, where we began our largest salvage project to date. We worked throughout the year saving architectural elements from a beautiful 10,000 square foot estate known as Bonhaven.
Come May, our attention turned to Southern Makers in Montgomery, Alabama. In it’s third year, 2015 saw Southern Makers expand to a 2 day festival and without a doubt, the best one yet! For SA, Southern Makers is like a huge family reunion as we get to collaborate and hang out with other artists throughout the state, many of whom have become like family.
This summer we took on a new project that took our creativity to new heights. We were asked by Mason plus Dixon to create the Garden & Gun Artist Lounge for Birmingham’s largest music festival, SlossFest. We transformed the interior of a large event tent into an amazing lounge that was a haven from the heat for the music artists during the weekend festival. The tent transformation, complete with salvage wood walls and arched church windows was nothing short of spectacular!
Fall rolled around and we were asked to create an artistic entrance for Chef Frank Stitt’s private party held in Florence, Alabama, as part of Billy Reid’s Shindig No. 7. We were given creative license on this project, so we designed and built a salvaged wood tunnel with an artistic twist!
In between our larger projects and events we have stayed very busy. We are extremely proud of all the custom jobs that we have taken on this past year. We have worked on custom jobs for McPhearson Oil, Yellow Hammer, Oven Bird Restaurant, Lyons Coffee Roasters, Mike Wolfe of American Pickers, and Billy Reid. We also designed and built a community table for Highland Village in Jackson, Mississippi. We hosted several events in our alley including a lunch for Senator Jeff Sessions, a black smith demonstration and a personal pizza making event for a group of first graders from East Elementary!
You can follow all of our projects via our social media accounts as well as our blog. If you are not following us, click on the links below and join us! We are looking ahead to another exciting year in 2016 and would not want you to miss a thing!!!
Being a second generation business and hopefully raising the third generation of salvage men, we are honored to share our passion with generational families that have come through our shop throughout the years. One such family is the McAdams.
The McAdams began shopping with us many years ago when they decided to renovate their early 1900’s home in Huntsville. This past week we received a visit from Annette, her daughter Brittney and her grandchildren Reagan and Everett. Brittney remembers traveling to Cullman on many occasions as a young girl to visit SA with her parents. “It felt like we were here all the time,” Brittney laughingly said. “I was normally wearing my basketball uniform. I remember coming in the store, following Garlan around, and digging through lots of hardware.”
The love of architectural salvage and vintage goods has been passed down from parents to daughter as Brittney is now returning with her children and shopping for her own home. 18 month old Reagan loves to visit her “Uncle Garlan”. When asked if Southern Accents was her favorite store, her face beams with a huge grin as she shakes her head and answers with a resounding “YES”!
Seeing an appreciation for salvaged and reclaimed architectural goods being passed down through three generations in this family warms our hearts. It inspires us to continue in our quest to rescue, restore, and document items of historical significance. Knowing that the McAdams, and many other customers like them, share our passion and mission is why every day we do what we do!
In 2013 Southern Accents founded a non-profit organization, SA3:23. The SA stands for Salvage Assurance and the 3:23 is based on Colossians 3:23 which is the core of our mission statement: “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” Our main project for the past few years has been to play Santa for a group of around 100 underprivileged children in our community. We deliver wrapped toys, goodie bags, cookies, snacks and supplies for their Christmas party. Our budget for this project is approximately $1,500.
This is the SA teams favorite project of the year!! We pull out Frosty and Rudolph and pay a visit to the children at school. Seeing the excited reactions of the children and all their smiling faces is priceless! These are children living below poverty level and for many, this is the only gift they will receive during the holidays.
While we gladly accept donations year round, if you would like to make a donation to help provide gifts for the children this Christmas, please drop by Southern Accents any time this month. Checks should be made payable to SA3:23. All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible.