Southern Accents has a very talented, creative team who are always ready for a challenge! A couple of months ago we were approached by Main Street Alabama and asked to design, and then create, an “award” for their upcoming Awards Of Excellence Conference. Main Street Alabama is an organization focused on bringing jobs, dollars and people back to Alabama’s historic communities by revitalizing downtowns and neighborhoods from Dothan to Florence. Main Street Alabama requested that the award be made of salvaged materials. We decided that we wanted to come up with something very unique using mixed medias. Our creative juices started flowing and pencils began sketching as ideas flowed at one of our weekly team meetings. As Josh and Roger began work on prototypes in the wood shop, little by little the creative ideas began taking shape. Finally a finished product was built and the result was nothing short of stunning!
Salvaged black walnut was used for the back of the award. The live edge of the wood and natural curves of the grain dictated the shape of each individual award. To add interest, and incorporate commonly found materials you would see in a street scape, Southern Accents obtained salvaged brass shavings and crushed red brick which were inlayed into the front of the award and covered with clear resin. We then had aluminum bases designed in an abstract shape as a stand for the award which added further interest to the overall design. The metal bases were built by Fuller Precision Machining. Plates were then engraved and attached to each award. Creating the awards were very time intensive but they were finished and hand delivered in time for the August 26th ceremony. The end result was even more spectacular than we had hoped!
Our mission is to rescue, restore and protect architectural elements of historical significance. Opportunities that allow us to use our creativity to come up with ways to repurpose some of the salvaged goods that we rescue is a bonus! Our team of talented artists and wood workers are always up for a challenge. Stop by our showroom or give us a call at 877 737-0554 and let us help you with your next project.
“Main Street Alabama was proud to present the awards Southern Accents made for our Awards of Excellence Luncheon. The Southern Accents team designed and produced awards that were true to what we do, revitalize downtowns across the state, by repurposing building materials from old commercial buildings. Like downtowns, each award was unique and will be displayed with pride in the Main Street communities across the state.”
MARYLON H. BARKAN
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Main Street Alabama