Being green before green was cool

Southern Accents has been a green company from the beginning.  We started by recycling antiques! Dr. Gudger was way ahead of his time. We have grown the collection throughout the years. I love to go into the gym looking for just the right wood for a project.  The gym is a warehouse full of salvaged wood! It used to be the gym for Wallace State. They played their basketball games there. They actually rented the gym from a local monastery. After the school built their own gym, the nuns tried to rent it out again. With no luck finding renters, they found a buyer…….you guessed it, Southern Accents! If you are interested in looking at this vast collection of wood, you can make an appointment and someone will walk you through the inventory and help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

We have designers coming in all the time looking for the perfect wood for their project. Gayle Christopher is a furniture designer/builder from Birmingham. You have to go to her website and see her incredible work! Her company is Rustixs.

Gayle will come to the store looking for something in particular. A few years ago, she built a table for the Coastal Living Idea House. The table was featured in the November 2007 issue of Coastal Living.  She used a red oak wood that has circular saw marks. These marks give the table texture. Look on for more tables and furniture pieces. Gayle also built a cabinet for the Birmingham Symphony Show House from the same oak timbers as the dining table. Lesson in wood: Circular Saw marks are the marks that are created on wood when it is milled in a saw mill. Saw mills became popular in the 1890’s. Before the saw mills, the logs were chopped with an axe leaving chopping marks on the wood. Hand hewn Marks are the marks on the made into the wood when cutting down a tree for log cabins. They would take an axe and make into square logs. Ahhhhh, I love a lesson! We should all learn something new everyday!

Let us know if you need anything! We will be open this Sunday from 12-6pm. Hope to see you then!

308 Second Ave. SE
Cullman, Alabama 35055
Showroom Assistance: 877-737-0554
Hours: Mon – Fri, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturdays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm CST

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