Cullman Magazine Fall 2018 - Page 13

store’s design and set work for Birmingham’s Sloss Fest and the photo shoot backdrop design for Florence-based fashion brand Billy Reid’s runway appearance at New York Fashion Week, as well as the clothing company’s an- nual Shindig music festival. It’s a far cry from where he thought he’d end up, back when he was fresh out of an auto body diploma program at the Cullman Tech Academy and decided to take a Wal- lace State watercolor class on a whim.  “That’s the crazy thing: I grew up with a lot of this, but for a long time, I never really thought about doing it as a career,” Howe said. “I took that first class at Wallace State — and it made me say, ‘I’m gonna take another art class’ — and everything else happened from there.” A guy with both art and craftsmanship skill must have built out his home with a pretty wide array of custom, one-of-a-kind adornments and fixtures, right? Howe laughs, and admits his home isn’t a museum — yet. “I don’t think it’s like that. But everybody seems to think there’s a lot of really neat stuff in my house,” he says. “I’m still remodeling the house my wife, Amber, and I bought in 2012. I do a lot of wood turning outside of work for fun, but I have two kids (Vesta, age 9; and Sylas, age 4) — so it’s kind of hard to find time for my own fun. It’s all an ongoing process, really.” Visit Southern Accents online at sa1969.com/team for more on Josh Howe’s work, and head to Southern Accents Architectural Antiques on YouTube to check out his craftsman profile video. Cullman magazine | FALL 2018 13