Monthly Archives: June 2017

#SOUTHERN MAKERS 2017 – CELEBRATING 5 YEARS ON AUGUST 12+13

We are SUPER EXCITED to announce the dates of our 2017 installment of SOUTHERN MAKERS! The Montgomery tracks lead us North to Birmingham for our next southern adventure.

Southern Makers 2017 at Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham, Alabama

Tickets are now on sale for the fifth annual Southern Makers, a two-day event happening August 12-13, 2017, under the viaduct at the historic Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama. Part of the five-year celebration, is to try a new venue, change things up a bit and keep our event fresh— without losing the quality and spirit at the heart of the event.

Just as our original venue, Montgomery’s historic Union Station, represents movement and architectural beauty, so too does the Viaduct at Sloss but in a different way. The raw space composed of structural concrete material for its own sake, represents movement and a space for the making process. This rings true to our reason for creating Southern Makers back in 2013—bringing together handpicked top talent to explore southern based creativity that enriches lives – in one place for all to experience. We have the same values but we are relocating to a NEW historic environment. The Montgomery tracks are leading us North to Birmingham for a different southern adventure.

Southern Makers 2017 at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama

The viaduct at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama will be the home for Southern Makers 2017 August 12 & 13.

More than 100 of Alabama’s top makers, including nationally-renowned fashion designers, textile artists, screen printers, jewelers, brewers, winemakers, contemporary artists, farmers, woodworkers, chefs, bakers, architects, industrial designers, preservationists and entrepreneurs, will come together in Birmingham to celebrate Southern creativity and innovation. The complete list of Southern Makers will be posted to southernmakers.com mid-July, 2017.

Make plans now to join us for a day or the weekend! You’ll be able to shop with all of the talented artists and makers, enjoy food and drink from some of Alabama’s finest chefs and brewers, boogie down to live entertainment presented throughout the day on the Southern Makers stage, and sit in on demonstrations from many of our makers. There are a limited number of tickets available so don’t delay! Grab your tickets today and join us for a weekend of fun and creativity at historic Sloss Furnaces!

Southern Makers 2017 at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama

If you’ve never attended Southern Makers, you have missed a real treat! Join us August 12 & 13 at the historic Sloss Furnaces. This year will be bigger and better than ever!!!

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE!!

To purchase tickets, visit the Southern Makers website at southernmakers.com. A single day ticket is $24.99 plus taxes and fees, a weekend ticket is $35.99 plus taxes and fees. Tickets at the door are $35.99 plus taxes and fees per day. Tickets are free for children under 10.

Southern Makers is also selling ALL ACCESS (VIP) weekend passes for $85.00 plus taxes and fees.This is an all weekend ticket that includes entry into the air-conditioned marquee partnering with Garden & Gun Magazine with culinary treats and libations from the South’s finest makers.

The event is produced and created by Southern Accents Architectural Antiques in collaboration with Goodwyn Mills & Cawood (GMC). Garden & Gun is the Southern Makers official media partner. All proceeds from the event benefit Southern Makers, a non-profit organization that aims to draw attention to, celebrate and promote southern talent and creativity.

Visit southernmakers.com and like Southern Makers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernMakers for more information on tickets, event details and the full list of Makers. For information on sponsorship opportunities, please email info@southernmakers.com.


Unlocking the History of Skeleton Keys

Not a day goes by at Southern Accents that someone doesn’t stop in and pick up a skeleton key… sometimes two, three or a whole handful! Many customers are looking to replace a lost key to open their old door. Others are looking for the small keys that will fit the lock on an old antique cabinet while others just seem to have a fascination with antique keys and are looking to add to their collection. And then there are the jewelry makers… the use of skeleton keys in hand crafted jewelry is currently a hot trend. Once again, tapping into our love of history, we did a little research on keys.

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The purpose of a skeleton key is obviously to open a lock. Skeleton keys, also known as pass keys, are designed to open numerous locks, most commonly a warded lock. While some believe that a skeleton key derived it’s name because of it’s shape and resemblance to a skull, the name actually comes from the fact that the key is stripped down like a skeleton to it’s most essential parts: a cylindrical shank with a single rectangular tooth. The shank can be solid or a barrel shank which resembles the barrel of a gun.

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This photo shows an example of a barrel shank and a solid shank skeleton key.

The first locks and keys were made of wood and can be traced back to Babylon and Egypt. The locks and keys were large, heavy, and impractical. Aside from the weight, the wood locks were susceptible to brut force attacks. The wood devices were eventually replaced when engineers from Ancient Rome improved the design and began using iron and bronze which provided a stronger, more reliable lock. The keys were smaller and the devices became more practical. Little changed in the design of the mechanism until the mid 1800’s when Linus Yale Sr. and Jr. introduced the modern flat keys. Skeleton keys, however, continued to be used in most houses until after WWII when the pin tumbler lock (or Yale lock) took over. You will find that the doors in many homes built in the 1940’s and earlier still have functioning mortise locks operated by skeleton keys.

Antique Lock and Key

This heavy iron lock from Germany and oversized skeleton key sits in one of the front windows of our showroom. The large 8.5″ key is shown next to a normal sized skeleton door key.

Our fascination with keys lie far beyond their practical use. Keys unlock more than just doors. There are many Biblical references to keys, including the passage in Revelation 1:18 where Jesus proclaims to hold the keys of death and Hades. You often hear someone refer to their true love as “holding the key to their heart.” Dignitaries are presented with the key to a city as a symbolic gesture of good will. The Gothic trefoil design found in many of the earliest keys is symbolic of the Holy Trinity. Whether a young boy proudly carrying an old skeleton key in his pocket or a woman sporting one around her neck, there seems to be something magical about keys… it is as if the revealing of some mystical treasure or deep dark secret awaits, that only the right key will unlock!


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