Monday, April 12, 2010

A short story about counters

The Saus team is excitedly waiting for Wednesday- the day our handcrafted counters arrive.

Our woodworker/expert craftsman (I really don't know what to call him), Adam has been keeping us as in-the-loop as possible, given that he is making these all the way in Indiana, PA (aka, middle of nowhere).

Funny story, I recently went to dinner at a new restaurant in Boston, Stoddard's. Dinner was amazing (they aren't really open yet, so it was a limited menu). However, what struck me was how we (the Saus team) were children compared to them and what their budget must be. The interior was astounding. The piece de resistance: the massive, gorgeous bar- meticulously and intricately handcrafted in Manchester, England, like a hundred years ago. No joke. It sat in a museum for a while because it was too big for the original restaurant it was made for. When you see it, it's easy to see why. Of course, my first thought was, "Our counter tops are handcrafted in Pennsylvania! They are being imported.." But we all know, it's not really the same ball game.

Anyway, back to Saus, Adam sent us a third round of photos of our counters. They are turning out beautifully! Here are a few- notice Adam in some of the pics!In the last photo, our counters are wrapped up and getting ready to come to 33 Union!

Also, a last word in, while our counters may not be as spectacular as Stoddard's bar (I'm not bitter...), they are so us. Not only in appearance (style wise, matches our personalities and Saus's), but also in construction.

A note from Adam about how they were constructed:
"Your counter tops were engineered to appear like they are 3.5" thick, but are in fact partially hollow. 40% less material was used in the execution of your tops, than that of traditional edge-grain butcher blocks. For the walnut trim around the burlap, parts of each walnut section are engineered from thinner pieces of wood to appear longer and thicker than they actually are. By using the drops and edge cutoffs from the walnut boards, I've used all material that would be considered "waste" to extend the walnut trim columns to their required lengths. I've extended sections of trim by adding in mortise and tenon joints between sections."

Thus, it makes it more beneficial cost-wise, but it's also kinder to the environment. We use less wood, have less waste and kill less trees!

This is why Adam is amazing, he COMPLETELY incorporated the soul of Saus into his work. See some of his other work at:
(He does the wood items, not the clothing. That is his talented gf, Noel.)
He also has a website, but it's still under construction. Check back later when it's complete.

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