I spent last week on vacation at Kentucky Lake. My girlfriend and I wanted to have a week away before she graduates law school in May and goes directly into study mode for the bar exam. We had big dreams of hiking, kayaking and hopefully a little fishing. I didn’t want to even think about woodworking the whole week … but then it rained.
We spent most of our time cooped up indoors to stay out of the torrential downpour that never seemed to end. I knew of a cool local brewery in Paducah KY, called Dry Ground Brewing Company that is nestled in the back of an old Coca-Cola plant, so we drove up there to taste some craft beers and stay dry.
We don’t show much live edge work here at Popular Woodworking, but I am a sucker for it. The bar is made from a few slabs of wood with beautiful bowtie joints. The table shown at the top is a single slab with a waterfall leg, finger jointed to the top.
So, if you are in the Paducah KY area be sure to stop by Dry Ground Brewing Company and take a look at the woodwork. While you are there, sit down and have a drink (I’m partial to the ’37 flood) and get to know the guys working there. There are no TV’s, and conversations are always welcomed. That’s my kind of place.
I’m back in the office now, so hopefully I can get into the shop soon and start a new project to write about on the blog. My house is begging for a new desk, and a coffee table and an armoire … this may take a while.
Update: After posting this blog, The Coke Plant Facebook page explained how the tables and bars were made, and gave me permission to use their explanation here. It is even more interesting than I could’ve imagined. Read the explanation below.
“Marty Steve crafted the tables at Dry Ground Brewing Company out of a single catalpa tree. The bar top was made with reclaimed red gum floor joists from 2 separate historic buildings demolished in downtown Paducah. One of the buildings was located where US Bank’s parking lot is today. The lumber was reclaimed and stored by Ray Black & Son for about 40 years until being offered up to Dry Ground for use in the brewery. Additional matching red gum floor joists were recovered from the recent demolition of the Carriage House on 3rd St and used to complete the fabrication of the bar top (The bow tie joiners are structural). Thanks to Popular Woodworking for recognizing the detail and craftsmanship that is going into The Coke Plant!”