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Shindig No. 8

Last week we spent several days in Florence, Alabama building the set design for this year’s private event with Chef John Besh during Billy Reid’s Shindig No 8. Last year we built the salvaged wood tunnel for this same event and were honored to be invited back. The challenge was to come up with a design that would rival last years private entrance design while not redoing the same look.

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This photo taken from Google Maps shows the location before the entrance wall was built.

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This photo shows the location after the completion of the vine covered entryway.

This year’s private event spanned across the back yards of two historic houses which required us to build an entrance and a privacy wall. The inspiration for the entrance came from a photo that SA team member Josh saw of a structure built with willow tree vines. Armed with vines and foliage that we cut from a local apple orchard, our 14’ tall by 45′ wide vine covered entrance took on a life of its own. Covered in moss and vines, two light poles that were joined together formed an entrance that transitioned into a smaller opening built into the vine wall that created a sense of a “secret garden”. To add our own unique touch, we installed architectural salvage consisting of a broken 8’ tall Gothic stained glass window and a round 1884 window in the wall providing a “peek” to the other side.

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The vine and moss covered entry created a “secret garden” atmosphere.

To the right of the entrance, about 75 feet, we designed and built a privacy wall featuring the Shindig logo. The wall was built using stained bleacher boards rescued from a local basketball gym. The center canvas of white barn wood created a nice contrast for the brown logo application. The logo was created using thinly cut wood pieces, hand cut by local artist Leldon Maxcy. The wall served a dual purpose, creating privacy for the event, as well as, a great backdrop for photo opportunities!

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The salvaged wood wall created privacy for the ticketed event as well as a backdrop for photo opps!

The third component that we designed and built for Shindig were the bar areas. The main bar, built for Blackberry Farms to utilize showcasing their special Shindig beer, featured a salvaged wood wall as the backdrop for the cutout metal logos. The logos were framed with salvaged walnut banisters built by Josh and Andrew. A second bar area was built just inside the secret garden entrance from white salvaged wood for Tito’s and staffed by the great Houston restaurant owner Morgan Weber, owner of Eight Row Flint and Coltivare Pizza & Garden.

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The salvaged wood wall behind the main bar served as a backdrop for the framed metal cutout logos.

This was a team effort. Andrew, Patrick, Rogelio, Miguel, Mauldin and Garlan worked throughout the week on various parts while Josh supervised the project and created the beautiful vine entry. Everyone on our team worked hard in one aspect or another to ensure our success with this project. We would like to thank Designer Billy Reid, featured Chef John Besh and the Besh Foundation, Brewer Roy Milner from Blackberry Farm Brewery, Eight Row Flint and Tito’s for collaborating with Southern Accents for this prestigious event. We would also like to recognize Sarah Trapp and Shelly Colvin who worked tirelessly organizing the entire weekend of events! The secret garden wall will remain for the next few weeks and can be viewed at 248 East Tuscaloosa Street in Florence, Alabama. Visit our BLOG to see more photos of our creations at Shindig No. 8!

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Left to right: Garlan Gudger, Billy Reid, Chef John Besh and Roy Milner.

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The 8′ tall broken church window provided a “peek” inside the garden!

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This salvaged wood bar was built just inside the secret garden entrance for Tito’s.

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Cutout metal logos framed in salvaged walnut banister.

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The salvaged wood wall served as a backdrop for photos as guests arrived.

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SA Team members Garlan, Josh, and Andrew enjoying a little down time.


Friends of the Cafe Dinner: Southern Makers

This past weekend Alabama ChaninSouthern Makers and The Oxford American presented the Friends of the Cafe Dinner with Atlanta-based Chef Anne Quatrano. The dinner was held Saturday, October 24, 2015 at The Factory in Florence, Alabama. The cost of the event included cocktails, dinner, and the very first Maker Box created through a collaboration between Oxford American Magazine and Southern Makers.

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The Oxford American is a non-profit, quarterly literary magazine dedicated to featuring the best in Southern writing while documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South. The magazine, founded in 1992 in Oxford, Mississippi, relocated to Arkansas in the early 2000’s, under the auspices of a newly formed nonprofit organization called The Oxford American Literary Project. In addition to publishing the Oxford American, the Literary Project is dedicated to promoting literacy and exploring Southern culture through various other creative endeavors.

Both having been created and developed in the deep south, the Oxford American supports the entrepreneurial spirit of Southern Makers. Our goals are similar; to explore and promote quality, hand crafted and one-of-a-kind goods to a larger market and exposing gifted artists with unique talents to a greater audience. In an attempt to spread the word about Southern Makers and the makers who participate, the Oxford American website will feature a revolving selection of Southern Maker-approved goods in their online store. Additionally, Oxford American Magazine is offering a “Maker Box” as a subscription upgrade. In the coming weeks, those who purchase an annual subscription to the Oxford American will be offered the opportunity to upgrade their subscription to include the Maker Box which will contain a curated selection of goods from Southern Makers participants.

Each attendee of the Friends of the Cafe Dinner received a Maker Box.

Each attendee of the Friends of the Cafe Dinner received a Maker Box.

We were honored to be part of this unique event. It was a fun evening and we look forward to future collaborations!


Shindig No. 7 – The Tunnel

This past weekend we were given the opportunity to combine some of our salvaged materials with our creative talents to design/build an entrance for Chef Frank Stitt at Billy Reid’s Shindig No. 7. We’ve worked with Billy in the past, creating backdrops for his run way shows during New York Fashion Week, but this special event also featured Chef Frank Stitt and Roy Milner from Blackberry Farm Brewery. Frank is a Cullman native and long time friend, so when we were asked to take on this project, we responded with a resounding yes!

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Frank was the guest Chef for a private party that was held in downtown Florence as part of Billy Reid’s Shindig activities. The event was held in the back yard of the Kennedy Douglass Center for the Arts which faces Wilson Park. We were asked to create a visual screen that would provide some privacy, as well as, serve as an entrance to the ticketed event. Garlan came up with the idea of building a tunnel while SA team member Josh Howe found a picture that served as an inspiration for the design. While the project began with a definite vision, the structure really began to take shape as we were constructing it.

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We began by building a frame. The idea was for the tunnel to wind around and exit into the event. From the entrance of the 14 foot tunnel, no one could see what was on the other side. As the grassy path wound around, it narrowed to a 3 foot exit. A wide variety of salvaged wood in various widths, lengths, and wood species was used, fashioning a whimsical design which visually produced captivating lines and texture. The roof spacing allowed light leaks into the tunnel from the sun as well as the night’s gorgeous full moon.

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Garlan, Josh and our newest team member Jeremiah worked throughout the night constructing the tunnel. The end result was a work of art that garnered a lot of attention and generated much conversation throughout the weekend’s activities!

From left to right: Chef Frank Stitt, Designer Billy Reid, Architect Garlan Gudger, Blackberry Farm Brewer Roy Milner

From left to right: Chef Frank Stitt, Designer Billy Reid, Architect Garlan Gudger, Blackberry Farm Brewer Roy Milner

We would like to thank Designer Billy Reid, Chef Frank Stitt of Highlands Bar and Grill, and Brewer Roy Milner from Blackberry Farm Brewery for collaborating with Southern Accents for this prestigious event. After the hard work was done, we enjoyed a night of great food, great friends, and great music from the Alabama Shakes in one of our favorite Alabama spots!

The tunnel will remain at the Kennedy Douglass Center throughout the month of September for those who wish to visit!

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The tunnel exited into the back yard where salvaged doors were used to help further create a visual screen.

The tunnel exited into the back yard where salvaged doors were used to help further create a visual screen.


Alabama Chanin – American Flag Quilt

Natalie Chanin - American Flag Quilt Southern Accents is proud of our Alabama roots. We are always thrilled when given the opportunity to both collaborate with, and lend support to, fellow makers from our home state. This week we received a stunning American flag quilt from one of those makers, Alabama Chanin. The quilt is completely hand-sewn from two layers of 100% organic cotton jersey and features Alabama Chanin’s signature reverse appliqué along with a beautiful blanket stitched border. This incredible work of art is currently on display in our showroom and available for special order.

One of many things that first impressed us about Natalie Chanin, founder and creative director of Alabama Chanin, is her vision. Natalie works from her hometown of Florence, Alabama. Florence has a long history of textile production. Sitting on the banks of the Tennessee River, the city was once home to one of the first textile centers in this part of the country. Alabama Chanin is headquartered in a building that was once a sewing, dyeing, and embroidery facility. Natalie’s vision is to see the return of the textile industry to the state of Alabama.

Building a business that is both environmentally and economically sustainable, encourages and supports the local economy which is an effort that Southern Accents can get behind. Alabama Chanin creates their fashions from 100% organic cotton jersey that is sourced sustainably from seed to fabric. Not unlike our own philosophy of rescuing and restoring architectural salvage, we share with Natalie a passion for helping to protect the environment by using and reusing local resources whenever possible.

Southern Accents collaboration with Alabama Chanin is a natural fit. The artistic aspect of architecture and fashion go hand in hand. The bigger connection for us, is the passion that we share for quality and our creativity that produces a back-to-your-roots awareness. Garlan and Natalie are both artists who think “out of the box.” Both recently participated in the highly curated Southern Makers Festival in Montgomery which celebrated the creative heritage that is Alabama.

Collaborations with like minded artists just makes sense to us which is why we are so excited to currently be working with Natalie on some of the interior design aspects of the manufacturing facility and up-and-coming event space, The Factory, in Florence. The manufacturing facility, working under the label of A. Chanin, is intended to make their items more accessible while continuing their focus on sustainable products and practices. We are looking forward to following the progress of Natalie’s newest ventures!

Stop by Southern Accents to view the beautiful Alabama Chanin quilt. You can also view the quilt online at: www.sa1969.com. To learn more about Alabama Chanin, visit them online at: www.alabamachanin.com.

Written by: Lisa Jones

The details of this hand stitched quilt along with the colors of the organic cotton are exquisite! This work of art is 111" x 60" and available for special order.

The details of this hand stitched quilt along with the colors of the organic cotton are exquisite! This work of art is 111″ x 60″ and available for special order.

Natalie Chanin, founder and creative director of Alabama Chanin. Photo courtesy of Peter Stanglmayr.

Natalie Chanin, founder and creative director of Alabama Chanin. Photo courtesy of Peter Stanglmayr.


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