Some time back, I posted about a host station I was designing and building for a friend and client who was opening a bar/restaurant in New York. Well, she recently opened and a mutual friend was kind enough to send pictures. I couldnt be happier with the outcome...
This is the 'Balmoral', a host/valet station that I custom make to order. It's made from reclaimed timber and in this case was stained grey to fit the look. Available in a variety of colors and I'm able to work with different styles and features to suit.
For those who know me by now, you'll know that I have a buddy with a Magic store... Yup Brent at the Magic Apple store in Studio City (check him out here www.themagicapple.com)
I make a couple of things for his store, A Walnut Close Up Pad for close up magic and a matching stand.
I rarely get to make them these days because of larger builds so given the chance, I try to make a few of them (time and budget permitting)
Here are a few of my recent examples - Walnut and black stands and a selection of Close-Up-Pads.
(The stands are pretty cool, they are extremely light, stable and they fold up into a very slim profile you can comfortably hold in one hand)
A neighbour and a friend of mine called recently with a simple request. Could I take a look at his pool table base.
They bought an antique pool table on Ebay and really the only thing wrong with it was the base. It had been thrown together with cheap materials, painted countless times, left outside, warped and rotten so I wasnt about to suggest a repair. It would have taken longer than a rebuild.
True to form, I offered to make a new one... Where I was going to find the time, I had no idea, but I was committed now so here goes.
He bought the wood from my favorite hardwood dealer #valencialumber (www.valencialumber.com) and delivered it the next day.
Here's what happened next....
I remember when I bought my first home. I had a furniture budget and a friend with a truck...
One afternoon at Ikea we furnished the house top to bottom.
Then I met my wife.
Her furniture came through the front door, mine went out the back. TRUE!
I had absolutely no investment emotionally in my furniture. Most of it was gifted to friends.
My wife's was heavier, beautiful, timeless and carefully chosen to last a lifetime; I bought mine to do a job.
When I walk my dog, I see the difference between functional furniture and furniture you keep.
See for yourself...
For this project I designed the entire balcony on a computer to show my client what it would look like ahead of time. I made a mock up of the bar and test fitted it so that I knew it would sit correctly on the balcony and that it would be perfectly level.
Each piece (including the bar) can be taken inside when not in use. A bonus when you use the property only a few times a year.
We made everything from solid white oak (a hardwearing and beautiful wood species). It's also heavy enough to easily take those windy beachfront days.
We stained the oak with a weathered grey to keep with that beach life feel and it blends in well with the over all look of the property.
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