I made a project out of every little part of the bar. For that reason,
this page is pretty much an overview and jumping point to some of the details
like the limestone tile top or birdseye maple railing.
|Here's a look
at roughly where the bar is currently.
||Bar glass block
The bar glass block project certainly deserved its own page, taking
about four days to complete.
Notice the curved top on the bar, which is just the temporary plywood
substrate ready to be covered in (most likely) tile for the finish
material. On the right of this picture, the concave curved wall and
convex curved pedestal are hiding the mechanics and electrical connections
of the drain pump in the basin below. The orange fish on the wall is
the pretty cool "ShortBigEye", viewable on the "Fish"
||Here's an update as of September 2000.
I finally got those low voltage halogen lights working and the neon shark
has arrived. Shown to the left is 2/3 of the shark, since I broke
one of the pieces and am waiting for the repair. Clicking on the
image gets you a much bigger picture. Clicking on the links below
get you to pages dealing with the particulars on this neon sculpture and
also how neon art is created.
The Story of the Bar Shark
How Neon Is Formed
The bar top was
reinforced and then tiled in something called "fossilstone" - a
limestone with lots of quartz and interesting things to look at.
Because it is a soft stone, it was relatively easy to cut and shape into
two smoothly curving rows going down the entire length of bar.
Next, the curving birdseye
maple railing is shaped and installed around the entire circumference.