Monthly Archives: May 2013

E.A.T. South

Edwin Marty - EAT South Through our recent involvement with the Southern Makers festival, we had the good fortune of getting to know Edwin Marty and his wife Andrea. Edwin is the executive director of E.A.T. South. Southern Makers was an event organized not only to celebrate the creative spirit of Alabama, but also as a way to raise funds for this non-profit organization. E.A.T. South’s mission is to teach children to eat with “intention”, encourage urban food production, and encourage the school systems to provide the best possible nutrition to its students by providing access to locally produced whole foods.

One of the primary missions of Southern Accents is to educate people on the importance of historical preservation as well as the importance of salvaging and repurposing architectural materials. We are passionate about what we do. Upon our first meeting with Edwin, it was obvious that he shared that same level of passion for what he does. His mission of educating children on the benefits of healthy food choices as well as his promotion of urban food production is a worthy goal that we fully support. Not only are we both in the business of education, we also share a goal of making this world a better place to live by reducing some of the negative impacts on our environment. Our salvage operations reduce the amount of materials that are taken to our landfills. Edwin’s mission of promoting locally produced food reduces the need to have it transported from outside areas which has a positive impact on the environment.

EAT South - Anne with kids When posed with the question of “where does your food come from”, many children in urban areas will answer “the grocery store” or “the refrigerator”. Most have never had the opportunity to experience food production on a farm. Through E.A.T. South’s education program, children are allowed to experience what it is like to grow, harvest, prepare and then eat fresh food. E.A.T. South’s programs focus on one central idea – “children will develop healthy life-long eating habits if they experience healthy food that tastes great.”

Mark Bowen - EAT SouthWhen asked about how his involvement with E.A.T. South has affected his own family, Edwin talks about his two young children. “My children’s bodies are being created by the foods they eat. My oldest daughter is learning how to help on the farm. She knows how to take care of the chickens and knows which eggs come from which chickens. She is developing an intimate relationship with her food and learning the benefits of making healthy food choices.”

The primary message that Edwin wants to pass on to our readers is that fresh, healthy food can be the most affordable when purchased locally.

50% of the funds that support E.A.T. South come from donations. The rest come from grants, corporate sponsorships, program fees, the sale of produce grown on their two farms, and fund raising events like Southern Makers. If you would like to learn more about E.A.T. South or would like to make a donation to their worth wile cause, you can visit them at

Southern Accents is proud to be a partner that shares it’s passion and resources with E.A.T. South!

Written By: Lisa Jones


Edwin recently completed a book about urban farming in America called Breaking Through Concrete. This beautifully illustrated book documents twelve successful urban farm programs. It also offers advice for budding farmers on topics including composting, keeping livestock in the city, decontaminating toxic soil, even changing zoning laws. This is an important book with practical application that explores a current environmental and social movement that has the potential to transform how we view our current food resources.

Breaking Through Concrete

WE ARE GIVING AWAY A COPY OF THIS BOOK! Visit our GIVEAWAY page and follow the easy Rafflecopter instructions to enter! You can also look for the GIVEAWAY TAB located on our Facebook page.  Giveaway will run from 05/23/2013 until 12:00 am on 05/31/2013. Winner will be chosen at random and contacted via e-mail. Winner will have 24 hours to respond once contacted. Winner will be announced after entry requirements are verified. Giveaway is open to residents of the U. S. only.

Congratulations to Sue Evans! Sue was chosen at random as the winner of our Breaking Through Concrete book giveaway.


A Nod To The Knob!

Garlan Gudger, Jr’s fascination with door knobs began as a young boy. He would spend hours sifting through the buckets of knobs sitting around his father’s antique shop looking for just the right ones that caught his eye. He quickly learned to recognize the knobs that were unique, even rare, and would pull those aside to add to his own stockpile. Over the years his fascination grew from rummaging through the store to seeking out specific knobs to add to his ever growing collection… a collection that has grown into one of the largest in the nation.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques Ask Garlan which knob is his favorite and you may get a different answer each time. There are SO many to choose from! One that he often points out as his favorite is an unfinished buffalo knob. This oval knob still has the casting tab attached and is missing the shank. When this design was taken out of production by the manufacturer, this particular knob was cast aside and never finished. The knob, to Garlan, represents a wonderful work of art in progress. It is a rare and prized acquisition, one that Garlan sought out as an addition to his collection.

Southern Accenets Architectural AntiquesA fan favorite among visitors to our showroom is the Ludwig Kreuzinger “doggie” knob. This hand crafted design from the 1870’s has been acclaimed a masterpiece of industrial art by collectors. Many would deem this knob as their most prized acquisition. The animal designs included in Garlan’s collection always draw attention from spectators and include several dogs, lions, deer, and a hummingbird, among others. The intricate detailing of each one is simply fascinating.

Looking through the collection it would be hard to ignore the vast accumulation of glass, mercury, and crystal knobs. Clear to colored glass, smooth to cut crystal, controlled bubble mercury glass, the sparkle and shine of each one quickly catches the eye.

The entire door knob collection is currently on display in Southern Accents showroom. Stop in for a visit and tell us which one is your favorite! Of course if you’re looking for a little door bling of your own, we have a large selection of antique knobs and backplates to choose from. Whether you fancy cast brass, glass, or porcelain, we are sure that you will find the perfect knob that will add just the right amount of character to your door. Visit us online or stop by our showroom to view our ever growing selection.

Southern  Accents Architectural Antiques
The lion was probably the most popular animal motifs used by 19th century industrial artists.

Southern  Accents Architectural Antiques
This controlled bubble knob catches everyone’s eye!

Southern  Accents Architectural Antiques
Another favorite… the Irish Setter knob, circa 1890.

Southern  Accents Architectural Antiques
Beautiful glass & crystal knobs

Written By: Lisa Jones

Southern Makers… Success!

Gather the most talented group of artists, craftsman, chefs, musicians and designers in Alabama for one day in a curated event and what do you get… Southern Makers Success! We were privileged to be able to ‘set the stage’ for this debut festival at the historic Union Station Train Shed in Montgomery, Alabama this past Saturday. The first time event was extremely well received, drawing an estimated crowd of around 1,500 despite questionable weather earlier in the day. If you missed this event you will want to mark your calendars and make plans now for next year… we’re going back!

Southern Accents jumped on the band wagon a little late in the game, but it didn’t take us long to catch up! We worked tirelessly for several weeks proceeding this event designing and constructing five unique areas for the sold out festival: the entrance, stage, work shop area, inspiration chalkboard, and the “collage” dumpster wall. Southern Accents mission to rescue, restore, and protect articles of historic significance fit seamlessly with the overall theme of this event.

Timber frame entrance built specifically for the Southern Makers festival

Timber frame entrance built specifically for the Southern Makers festival

Southern Makers attendees first view Saturday afternoon was a timber frame entrance that we constructed specifically for the event. We couldn’t help but show off our new toy, a 1955 Chevy truck, parked just outside the entrance! Inside the shed, we transformed the wood fencing surrounding the dumpster into an artistic display of salvaged goods. Our large “What Inspires You” chalk board was in the middle so the kids and “kids at heart” could draw and write about what inspires them. Throughout the day, many took time to leave their mark on the board, letting us know where they derive their inspiration.

Brightly colored doors, salvaged wood, windows, chain drapery and antique wood carts created an artistic ''stage' for the performers

Brightly colored doors, salvaged wood, windows, chain drapery and antique wood carts created an artistic ”stage’ for the performers

A wall of brightly colored antique doors created a backdrop for the stage which was fronted by salvaged barnwood. Windows connected with chain and decorative chain drapery seemed to hang from the sky overhead, while wooden carts were scattered around to create seating.

Rounded church windows, old shutters and a salvaged wood table top  created just the right atmosphere for the workshop area.

Rounded church windows, old shutters and a salvaged wood table top created just the right atmosphere for the workshop area.

The background for the workshop area was a gorgeous display of arched church windows and old shutters. We also constructed an artistic table from a collage of different colored salvaged wood, beadboard and fluted trim that served as a display counter for the various speakers.

If you were one of the fortunate ones to get a ticket for this exciting, sold out event we would love to hear from you! Stop by our Facebook page and leave us a comment. Let us know what you loved most about the event. Tell us which spot you enjoyed the most:

  1.  Stage & Backdrop
  2. “Collage” Dumpster Wall
  3. Inspiration Chalkboard
  4. Timber Frame Entrance
  5. Workshop Area.

We are already brainstorming to come up with new design ideas for next year’s festival!

The "What Inspires You' chalk board drew a lot of attention!

The “What Inspires You’ chalk board drew a lot of attention!

The dumpster wall was constructed from a collage of antique and salvaged items

The dumpster wall was constructed from a collage of antique and salvaged items

A close up of the dumpster wall.

A close up of the dumpster wall.

Southern Accents 1955 Chevy was on display just outside the entrance

Southern Accents 1955 Chevy was on display just outside the entrance

One of four trailers loaded and ready to roll to Montgomery!

One of four trailers loaded and ready to roll to Montgomery!


Written By: Lisa Jones

Edited By: Garlan Gudger, Jr.

Southern Accents at Southern Makers

Southern Accents Architectural AntiquesThere has been an artistic renaissance developing in Alabama for the past several years. Creative artisans in the fields of food, fashion, art, architecture, and music, all passionate about their individual industry, have been working independently to promote their wares. This Saturday they will all gather in one location for the first time! The historic Union Station Train Shed in Downtown Montgomery, Alabama will host a juried selection of talented artists and craftsmen, the best of the best, from across the state. Saturday, May 4th from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm this highly-curated, one day event will bring together legendary artists, chefs, craftspeople, farmers, brewers, purveyors, designers and musicians. Event goers will be able to explore the creative heritage that is Alabama through demonstrations, workshops, tastings, conversations and concerts. There will also be a curated market bazaar featuring goods for sale from Alabama’s top makers. All proceeds from Southern Makers will benefit E.A.T South, a non-profit organization that encourages healthy lifestyles through education and sustainable food production in urban areas throughout the Southeast.

This event, which is rapidly gaining momentum with guests flying in from as far away as New York and L.A., began with a simple idea. Andrea Jean, Tiffany Bell and a few other like minded individuals recognized the immense amount of creative talent that existed across our great state. Traveling around Alabama to experience the various offerings of so many talented artists would take weeks. Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, along with Matter, a design consulting firm, and E.A.T. South joined forces to create Southern Makers. “GMC and Matter are all about creativity and collaboration in all that they do so creating an event like this for the community, artisans and to further economic development in downtown Montgomery made sense,” said Andrea. “E.A.T. South is a charity that we care about and support. Partnering with them and expanding on last year’s Alabama All Star Food Festival was a good fit.”

When Southern Accents owner Garlan Gudger was approached about becoming involved with this project, he jumped at the chance. “In recent years, Southern Accents has had the opportunity to incorporate architectural salvage into projects for many of the individual makers. There has never been an event like this designed to bring everyone together. We are thrilled to be able to bring our creative ideas to the table in designing and installing the arena for this momentous event. The chance to join forces and work side-by-side with a collective group of the most talented people from across the state is exciting. Southern Accents responsibility is to use their architectural salvage to create an atmosphere for the show that inspires not only the makers but attendees as well,” said Garlan. Garlan will be a panelist for the conversation series “Revitalization of Places Past” which will take place Saturday at 5:00 pm inside the historic Montgomery Visitor Center.

Discounted pre-sale tickets are available at for $10 per adult and $5 for children ages 10 to 15. Visit for a complete list of makers, workshops, conversation series, and other info.

Written By: Lisa Jones

Edited By: Garlan Gudger, Jr.


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