2014 Wood Diamond Award
Main Category: Residential Bar
Sub Category: Best Overall
Dollar Amount: Over $25,000
Briefly describe your business and the type of products manufactured.
The Artisan Shop Inc. is a custom woodworking company located in Loveland, Colorado. We produce European frameless cabinetry, emphasizing the rustic mountain styles of Colorado and the current contemporary styles of the metropolitan Denver region. Our projects are mostly throughout the Front Range and Mountains of Colorado and occasionally in other regions of the country. 1394 also manufactures American face frame and inset face frame cabinetry and millwork. An emphasis on progressive design, quality, service and product value has been the key to our success.
What materials/species were used in this project/item?
Custom plain-sawn rustic hickory from Bailie Lumber is used to construct this “ultimate home bar.” The frameless boxes utilized Hard Rock Maple melamine (Roseburg) as well as rustic hickory veneer panels from Mount Baker Forest Products. The lighting is integrated Loox low voltage from Hafele. The functional hardware is from the Blum Company and Hafele. The bar kick rail, metal ceiling panels and wire grate door panels are sourced from Outwater.
Describe, in detail, the project/item’s construction.
This project was conceived and designed for a doctor living in Grand Island Nebraska. His dream of having the “ultimate home bar” in his basement began last July and led him to our shop 400 miles away in Northern Colorado. We quickly determined that this would be a great project to display at the 2014 winter Home and Garden Show in Denver. This show has an attendance of over 60,000 people during a nine-day run. The doctor was generous enough to allow us to display the dream bar and we were confident that this project would be unlike any seen before at the show.
The bar measures 11’x13’x9’h, is stained and glazed and includes every feature that we and our client could dream up. Large cove-crown molding with inlaid beadboard accent, custom leaded-glass panels, 8 flip-up canopy doors with Blum Aventos servo-controlled actuators, wire grate doors in the canopy, metal ceiling tiles with concealed accent lights, beveled glass mirrors, an LED-lit bottle shelf by Element Designs, an integrated flat screen TV, a fully functional custom porcelain beer tap stand with keg beer flowing live at the show, a tile back splash, leathered granite counter-tops, a custom wood top with an 8/4 hickory molded bar rail, recessed mat tray, under-top lighting inside and out, full appliance package including microwave, ice maker, dishwasher, sink, glass front wine chiller, a wine bottle storage cabinet with scalloped hickory bottle holders, X-panel bottle section, and a lit angled bottle display shelf, raised paneled bar front wall with stepped shelf and an oil-rubbed bronze foot rail…. and of course a custom neon bar light for the show!
What is the most unusual aspect or outstanding characteristic of this entry?
One aspect which posed a challenge was this bar had to be build and assembled at the shop to make sure everything was right, then disassembled and moved 60 miles to the trade show and reassembled within the 48 hour set up window. At the end of the 9 day show we had 8 hours to disassemble it again, pack it up and move it 400 miles to its final home in Nebraska and be ready for a final quality check by the owner. He was thrilled….we were tired.
List any items that were outsourced (not produced by you or your shop).
The custom leaded glass panels were created by local Colorado stained glass artist Jennifer Gonzales, The lighted bottle shelf was a Eluma Shelf from Element Designs, The granite counter-tops were fabricated by StoneWorks of Colorado, the stainless appliance package was provided by Specialty Appliance of Colorado. All other wood components including Dovetail maple drawers, raise panel doors, corbels and moulding were produced at our shop.
Please offer a brief explanation of how being a member of the CMA has benefited you and/or your business.
As members of the CMA, we hope to leverage the knowledge base of other members, as well as share our extensive experience in cabinetry and fine woodworking with others in our industry. The CMA forum is a great resource to share experiences, technical knowhow and make contact with other craftsmen in our vast, but tight knit woodworking community.