John John's Game Room, Seattle WA
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For this project I teamed up with the bartender at this local spot to install a new bar. We wanted something unique to set the establishment apart, something so unusual and well crafted that it would hopefully outlast the game-room itself and be sold off once the lease expired.
We chose to lay up strips of 24' poplar, carefully tapered to create the swoosh effect. The widest point in the bar is around 30", where each strip is 5/16" thick, whereas the narrowest end is only 16" wide, where each strip is less than 1/8" thick. Nothing was trimmed—each strip is continuous from end to end. We embedded fine flakes of irradescent sparkles in the finish.
Crafting was tricky. The space was barely long enough to run the boards through the planer if we shoved one end all the way in the far corner of the oddly shaped triangular building. Once the sections were glued up we had to plane them in the street because of the curve. We tried bracing the planer in the doorway but we could only manage to plane one side, so we strapped the planer to a telephone pole instead.