For the second time in the past three years, Southern Accentshas received the “Best of Bama Award” from Alabama Magazine for the best antique store in the state! We are both humbled and honored and would like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to the readers of Alabama magazine, as well as, our loyal customers for casting a vote in our favor. We do not take these awards lightly. To receive this type of recognition propels us to push ourselves to new heights. We are passionate about the business of architectural salvage. Reclaiming a part of history and preserving it for the future is a daily goal for us. We delight in customers who walk through our showroom and share our excitement and passion for the antique and vintage relics that fills our space. We love assisting customers in selecting the right architectural items for their project, while helping them design custom, one-of-a-kind pieces for their home, business or event. Being able to show up for work each day and do something that you love is a dream for many, but it is a reality for our team of talented creatives.
Alabama Magazine is a favorite of the SA Team. You can pick up the latest edition on newsstands now, which contains the complete list of 2016 Best of Bama Award winners. We have several complimentary copies available at our showroom while supplies last!
Visit our showroom and warehouses Tuesday – Friday from 9am till 5pm and Saturday from 10am till 4pm. Our showroom is closed Sunday & Monday. You can visit us online 24/7 at SA1969.com. Follow our social media accounts to keep up with all the latest happenings with the SA Team!
Southern Makers 2016 is now a page in the history book, but what an incredible event! Within a few short weeks of SM2015, plans were underway for this year’s event. While the planning and the promoting of this event takes place year round, there is a tremendous amount of hard work and a lot of man hours that go into making this event the huge success that it is. The Southern Accents team arrived in Montgomery on Wednesday of last week and worked around the clock right up until the gates opened. Southern Accents is responsible for designing and constructing all the set designs of this massive venue which include the entrance, stage, conversation tent, bar, workshop area, covering the dumpster wall, the booth for Southern Makers as well as our own Southern Accents booth. It is a team effort for sure! We are so thankful for the SA Team… not only those who worked tirelessly at the event, but also those who stayed behind to hold down the fort! We would also like to thank the many volunteers who worked through the weekend, the makers, and the sponsors. The atmosphere is definitely akin to a big family reunion. It would be impossible to name everyone here who played a part in the events success but rest assured, no ones efforts went unnoticed!!! We also want to thank everyone who attended the event. Your support of our Makers helps to ensure their success, as well as, the events success to showcase Alabama’s talent!
Make sure you are following us on Facebook and Instagram. We will be posting more photos from this past weekends event. We will also be posting details regarding a second Southern Makers event this September at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham as they become available!
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
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.
Visit Southern Accents showroom in downtown Cullman, Alabama and you will quickly see that we have an immense love and appreciation for finding ways to repurpose salvaged goods. One of the ways in which we repurpose some of our gorgeous salvaged wood and beadboard is by turning them into picture frames. Our salvaged wood frames are available in a wide variety of wood colors and sizes: 5×7 – $25, 8×10 – $35, and 11×14 – $45. Each rustic, one-of-a-kind frame is hand crafted by local artist Leldon Maxcy.
Hand crafted, salvaged wood frames available in a wide variety of colors in three sizes!
Through our collaborations with Leldon, in addition to our gorgeous salvaged wood frames, we also have a great selection of salvaged wood State of Alabama cut outs. These are available in two sizes and a wide variety of color options. Choose from 10″ long for $25 and 14″ for $35.
Hand crafted, salvaged wood, State of Alabama cutouts available in various colors in two size options.
This past Sunday was my 40th birthday! On this day, I watched my oldest son play a travel baseball tournament in Southhaven, Mississippi. I traveled to the Natchez trace to look at an 1860’s log cabin that a friend in Boston wants me to de-construct. I met “Nana” and was blessed by her wonderful hospitality. She showed my two boys and my niece around her farm and allowed us to feed and pet the horses, swing in a hammock, and drive a 4wheeler. She gave the children a piece of pottery she had hand-made, allowed them to use a flat bottom metal boat and paddle themselves around her pond, find a big snake and helped me select a location for the reconstruction of the 1860’s log cabin for her wonderful son, Mack. Afterwards, I drove back home to Alabama with these three amigos to eat Mexican food and play games, all while jamming to music with the windows rolled down.
My 40th birthday was an #architecturaladventure that I will always cherish. My day was packed full of activities and fun, but today, of all days, I really wanted to find a moment to take a deep breath and reflect on what and who and where I am in life. I found that moment while rocking on the front porch with my 80 year young new friend, Nana. As we discussed our lives, rocking and talking at the top of a long sloped hill, I was able to view my children and niece truly playing, without electronics, and life seemed a million miles away. I thought of all the cool and interesting places, people, and events that I have been able to be associated with, but of my greatest achievements, those little ones in that boat are by far what make me the proudest! For them to call me Daddy and Uncle and say their prayers at night with me, while they hug me… well, it makes me swell up inside with pride. I am shaping their future with my time and love. I’ve come to realize that it doesn’t matter how big my bank account is or what position I hold, these things have little meaning if I fail to be part of their life. I have always wondered where I would be in life when I reached 40, and I can truly say that I am exactly where I am suppose to be – home with my family. I am blessed. #digmygig
Written by: Garlan Gudger
At first glance these salvaged mill grist stones might pale in comparison to some of our more ornate architectural finds but not so! Millstones are a symbol of harvest and hospitality and date as far back as the dawn of man. The millstone is also referenced numerous times in the Bible. Samson, for example, after having been captured by the Philistines, was bound with bronze chains at the helm of a millstone and made to grind grain in their prison. The first economies in America were built around grist mills. Access to a millstone and grain were life sustaining resources for many cultures throughout history.
This European millstone is 6 1/2 feet in diameter and 13 inches thick.
Millstones typically came in pairs and are cut from burrstone or limestone. The base or bed stone was larger and normally set in concrete or mortar to keep it stationary. The top or runner stone was a bit smaller and contained a handle. Grooves were hand cut into the face of the stones, the design of which ranged from subtle to elaborate. Grain was fed through a hole in the top of the runner stone. As this stone was rotated back and forth the groves cut through the grains of wheat, much like scissors, eventually grinding them to a fine flour. Smaller stones were used in homes and required two people to rotate the runner stone. Larger stones, available for community or commercial use, required considerable man power or quite often livestock to operate. Although access to flour for baking bread was vital, the act of grinding the grain was considered a menial task. Millstones were also used for grinding spices, nuts, and even pressing olives.
The hand carved grooves on the face of this millstone are beautiful.
Today, these millstones are a considered a prized possession. The variety of intricate hand carvings on the face are works of art. For many, the stones are collector items. They quickly become a unique conversation piece when used in garden and landscapes. Currently we have three unique stones that we recently acquired. We have a 42″, 48″ and a large 6.5′ in diameter European millstone. All three stones are on display at our wood warehouse. Stop by or visit us online to view more pictures and pricing information.
Each millstone is unique in size and face patterns.
The millstones are located at our Wood Warehouse on Janeway Drive in Cullman, Alabama.
Written by Lisa Jones
When thinking about salvaged lighting, most of our thoughts lean towards ornate crystal chandeliers. However, a large number of the lights that we salvage are pan lights. Pan lights were introduced in the early part of the 20th century and were made for electricity instead of gas. Although the architectural styles have evolved over the years from Victorian, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, Prairie style, and most currently modern, the light has maintained it’s basic design. The pan light can be identified by the body of the light which typically has a finial attached to the bottom and one or more chains attached to the top. The body of the light fixture contains two or more arms which support the shade holders and shades. We’re always excited to find a pan light that still has it’s original glass shades!
This salvaged pan light is covered with old paint.
Most of the pan lights that we salvage are made of pressed brass, like the 4 arm light shown here that we rescued this week. This light was covered with several layers of paint. The light was taken to our wood shop where it was cleaned and stripped, removing all of the old paint, dirt and debris. The light will now be sent to our lighting technician, Tim, so that he can work his magic! Tim will rewire this light and give it a light polish. We love the natural patina of the aged brass so we do not try to bring the brass back to it’s original shine. Once the light has been fully restored it will be equipped with replacement shades and take its place in our showroom!
The fixture has been stripped of the old paint and cleaned. It will be rewired and fully restored.
Visit us on line or better yet, stop by our showroom and browse our incredible selection of salvaged and antique lighting!
This pan light fixture has been cleaned, rewired, equipped with replacement glass shades and is ready for a new home!
A couple of weeks ago we salvaged an upright piano from a structure in Birmingham. The piano was in such a state of disrepair, that it could have never been used to produce music again. This once fine tuned piano seemed to have lost its luster in the dirty abandoned building. Our SA team has usually seen these discarded to the nearest landfill or even to the burn pile. Most upright pianos are bulky, heavy and hard to move. But unlike most pianos, this particular one, for some reason, attracted our interest. Of course a few minutes later, it was being loaded and hauled back to Cullman.
After we arrived back at the store, the instrument that was once carefully constructed by the hands of a skilled craftsman, was now being de-constructed by the hands of an artist. As we began this process, we started to see the beauty of the interior parts and patina of the individual pieces that was hidden inside. We saw the strings tightly pulled against the cast iron harp. We saw the wood wrapped velvet hammers that once created the soft tones of sound when they struck those strings. We imagined the small hands of a child sitting at the keys, carefully pecking out a simple melody. We will never know how many fingers ran across the keys during its lifespan or the amount of pure joy experienced by the many listening ears, but we can appreciate the history of the “pieces” that made up the “whole”. But now, it was our time to create a new history for the piano using our team’s imagination. Our future goal is to adapt these individual parts into a work of art that will be available for future generations to enjoy. Continuing the story of its history by up-cycling its salvageable parts in the present, only allows for its continued appreciation in the future.
Stay tuned for the big reveal as in coming weeks we give new life to a piece of this old piano by transforming it into a useful piece of building art!
We would love to hear your ideas on how you would repurpose all of these piano parts. Visit our Facebook and Instagram page and share your ideas! Tag us with #saaa1969 and #SApianoart.
Written by: Lisa Jones & Garlan Gudger