NEW SITE LAUNCHED
This site has been moved to
a new website platform. Originally this site was
www.englishbars.com, but we've launched our new site and moved our old
site to this website address. This site currently archives our
original site from 2001-2008. We'll likely leave this site
active for the next few months to year.
If you are interested in
ordering a bar, please visit
guess you are bored with the family activities and found the nearest
computer?! Or maybe you are shopping early? I am sorry we
don't have any black Friday specials.
In April 2007, we stopped
orders and worked on completing the ET queue, while making small
strides on new designs such as, the Second Empire, Lady Victoria, and
a new unnamed bar. Luckily, we started downsizing in early 2008
and concentrating on teak closeouts. When gas prices hit $4.20
in early 2008, I could feel the mood shifting. In June, I had a
meeting with some catalog factory manufactures (barn and barrel
manufactures). They begged me to kick over the English Tavern
design to them.......and let me concentrate on the premium designs.
Their orders from the big catalog companies were down to almost
nothing. I negotiated to outsource the ET bar....but in July, I
couldn't pull the trigger. I've kicked around the idea of
discontinuing the ET for about 2 years.....it's like our staple
product, but inhibits growth. It's like those stories you read
about in college when a company starts selling to Wal-mart....and
their sales go crazy.....but they're making nothing.
Since we assume the economy
will remain slow throughout much of 2009, our focus will be on new
designs, improvements, and Teak
Closeouts. We're not going down the discount path and
lowering our quality. For the few of you looking for discounts
and deals, you need to google further. I'd rather continue to
lower our quantity and improve our quality than get in discount wars.
Plus, there are more competitor's in the discount quality-regular
import bars. If you really want a home bar and need to find a
cheaper alternative, you can find regular importers on ebay.
LOW CEILING HEIGHT
In early 2009, we will
introduce a bar with an adjustable height of 78" to 88". This
will accommodate the basement customers that have a drop ceiling or
other restrictions in height. The design is based loosely on the
Canterbury. It is not a canopy bar. Remember, the English
Tavern can be cut down from 89" to 86"-85" with some success.
How is this picture
compared to the picture below?
These are pictures of the
Second Empire. Notice the heavy base moulding....and fine
Although the elements are
smaller on the English Tavern, the quality of the ET, the stain, the
drawers, and the attention to detail are the same as our newer more
expensive bars. The ET is a nice authentic looking
english pub home bar.
For nearly 10 days, website traffic has been cut in half. I couldn't
understand why traffic suddenly dropped so fast - and I was reluctant
to believe it was the economy.
Yesterday, I received an email from google stating the website was
diverting visitors and had some badware on the site. Of course, this
was a surprise to me since this site is nothing more than a bunch of
ragtag pages with a bunch of information. After a day of review, it
seems our hosting company, IXWEBHOSTING had a server breach and the .htaccess
file was changed to divert 'search' traffic to an undisclosed
location. This simply means that all traffic originating from a search
engine was going to some German site. There was no virus on our site,
but the redirect is considered badware (a web no-no). So let me be
very clear, we didn't do anything. We're just smart enough to ftp
pages to the net, let alone, try some various trickery. We've removed
the redirect from the .htaccess and expect everything back to normal.
Anyway, welcome back search engine vistors.
Anyway, since I haven't talked much about bars lately, I thought I
would post some information.
a section of the Second Empire (picture to the left). We used various
walnut burl accents throughout the construction. Yet, a few days
ago, I wasn't very excited about the color combination.
Here we have darkened a sample to show a better match (right pic).
Originally, I wanted to keep the burl natural.
I was trying to match the body to the darker color in the
burl (left pic).
Granted, that looks fair, but the lighter color really stands out
and looks funny. I love the lighter color of walnut burl, but it
just doesn't bode well with the color on the body.
As I've stated several times on the website, the Second Empire is
one of the most exiting designs we've ever created. I suspect that
the final pictures will be available toward the end of the year.
So, I was playing around tonight and ran across this site. I know if I
wasted more time on the internet, I could probably find a lot more of
these type sites. And since this is across the pond, I don't mind
promoting it. Remember, for you mathematically challenged individuals,
these prices are x2 for the USD dollar. In addition, take a look
around his site.....I love the gothic elements.
Anyway, take a look at the site.
The AUCTION on Bar #205 ends on Tuesday at
around 4pm!! I would suggest anyone with a tight budget to seriously
look at this bar.
The auction started on #205. Please review the
We recorded our largest single internet traffic day on Monday, October
27!!!! Then, we beat it on Tuesday, October 28th! The entire week was
more/less close to our peak traffic.
Bar #250 is available at $2500 - with freight damage. Full details
will follow within the week. This bar is in relatively good shape -
except a busted marble tabletop. This bar will need a new tabletop and
some minor repair touchup. The boxes look worse than the unit....and
it goes to show you what the instapak foam system can handle. This bar
made it to NY and the delivery company ignored our 'Do not break
pallet apart' stickers and notes. When they started to lift the front
section down, these two men were in for a shock - and drop. All bars
are to be delivered to the customer ON PALLETS. In the end, everything
is good.....the customer is happy, we received our claim, and now some
handyman will be excited to get a new project.
In the past, some customers purchased units with the intentions of
removing the tabletop and having a copper top made. Of course, this
was back when copper was 50% less than the current prices, but #250 is
a very nice handyman special. In case you're wondering what the owner
of #250 did......he took #254. We don't control freight
delivery.....but at least in those rare circumstances, a cool customer
is better than gold.
Again, full details will follow soon on #250.
Opppss! We got caught off-guard switching the website from a windows
platform to unix servers. Sorry about that. The site was down for
In another announcement, we are auctioning a bar starting at a buck!!!
The auction starts November 1st until November 10th.
Full details are here.
In addition, we have (2) old freight damaged bars that will likely go
up for auction/sale in late November. We've had to keep them around
for claims purposes. One is in rather good condition and the other
requires more extensive work. These will be nice handyman projects for
a craftsman, weekend warrior, or someone just trying to buy something
on the cheap. We just need to finalize the claims and we will post
AUCTION November 7th and 8th, 2008
I was out
of the country in August, but when I got back I found a catalog in the
Baron's Antiques in Atlanta, GA was closing after 36 years. I
always enjoyed visiting their website to find original antiques or
other oddities. Red Baron's always reminded me of a true J. Peterman
type operation. Speaking of J. Peterman....I spoke with him last week
at a party. He's a bit different than the character on Seinfeld, but
nonetheless original. J. Peterman, like myself, hail from Lexington,
Kentucky. The real
J. Peterman and Kevin McCloud both are from Kentucky. That famous
English Kevin McCloud that has a TV show and writes books is the
'character' Kevin McCloud. He plays me on TV.....but I have more hair
and I am younger :)
Anyway, I was disappointed to see the Red Baron's operation close.
They are holding a CLEAN UP AND
OUT auction on November 7th and 8th. For the few of you with some
of your wealth still intact, this might be a neat event to attend. I
am unsure if I will attend, but I might visit for the fun of it. I
wish I could find information on why they are closing?!
I am back in the country and available in the store after noon most
days. I sent my trestle table pics to
an online appraisal yesterday and the
said, "One of the better tables I have ever seen". That's some pretty
strong English! Hopefully, he's not a newbie and that was his first
day on the job!
Our target date for the new site is NOVEMBER 1st. The site is as easy
as buying an apple computer - about the simplest online ordering
system on the web.
We are continuing our efforts at the new designs. These are just
slower and more time-consuming. And since we are going to have to ride
out this economic downturn, we suspect our change of course was at the
right time. There has been a good amount of calls concerning the (5)
Grand Devon bars finishing toward the end of the year. If you are
interested in this bar, call and speak to me directly. Of the (5) GD
bars, (2) will be 96" versions - not previously discussed on the site.
The Second Empire is finally near completion. I saw the walnut burl
yesterday. It looked great. I am really excited about this bar design.
It is one of the most unique and original designs ever offered. The
final design was over 2 years in concept.
launched the teak website a few weeks ago. In the future, remember
we also have teak garden furniture available. We buy closeouts
from various sources.....with real savings from 30-60% off. We've
sold teak in our store for almost 8 years......and I finally
decided to take this concept to the web.
inventory listed in the current
inventory section is our only remaining stock for 2008. If you
are interested in a bar, this is the only available 2008 stock. As
of today, three English Taverns are currently available and ready
to ship immediately. The website is finally
underway. It's not exactly how I imagined, but it will still be
more professional than 'this'. In 2009, you will be able to
customize your bar configuration and place your order online.
We found an old picture of Bar #113 sent to us
by a customer years ago. You can click the thumbnail for a larger
I am back at the factory after an 8-month rest. I had a miserable
flight back on Singapore Airlines and it was my first flight out of
JFK. That will be my last flight out of JFK. I much prefer the Newark
terminal and I am disappointed Singapore is discontinuing the Exec
Econ class. I guess I will switch back to business class with Korean
Air. I do think the Singapore Airport is the nicest airport in the
world. It's inviting and intimate and easy to navigate.
I really enjoyed my first springtime in 3 years and couldn't get
myself to leave when I should have. Then, by the time I got around to
booking the ticket, the miserable summer airline months were here!
Finally, after 2-3 days of searching, I had my ticket. And that little
switch from 70lbs to 50lbs on international flights really hurt. The
small surcharge on domestic flights isn't such a big deal, but it
would really add up if I try with 70lbs international (Singapore
Airlines). So, I'm dragging 4 large bags through Indonesian customs
and I get stopped. They start rummaging through the 100+ hot wheel
toys, Ironman crap, and other small gifts I have planned for the
employees and suppliers' families. I start to get the 'tax' questions.
I explain these are gifts and not to be sold.....and I own a company.
Ahh, Indonesian government employees.....my favorite.
We've increased the price of the English Tavern to $4798 - still $700
less than some of our competitors selling an inferior model. Shipping
rates have also increased due to higher freight fuel surcharges, but
we still offer reasonable and targeted shipping rates - not a one-rate
for all charge.
Actually, we've been under intense pressure for nearly a year on most
of our raw materials. I won't even begin to discuss copper prices, but
wood is up 27%, and most suppliers are up 10-30% too. These increases
occurred in 2007.......begging the question what will happen in 2008?
And if anyone has seen my copper downspouts stolen from my house,
please send me an email.
It's taken us some time to finally complete all past orders. And now
that we are free of all orders, we will work on some of our pet
projects over the next several months. On our slate for the next
several months include the (5) 2008 Grand Devon bars, The Second
Empire prototype, and maybe a few other new originals.
For the remaining summer, we are not producing any English Tavern
bars. The only ET bars available until September is our current
inventory - #254 and #251. The new website will be introduced in
August with the ability for customers to build and price their bar -
including the English Tavern.
One of the new designs incorporates a smaller upper back with the
ability for the customer to make adjustments on-site......for a
shorter ceiling heights. The new design will have an adjustable upper
back with a range of 78" to 88" in height. Naturally, your ceiling can
still be taller, but this solution fits a nice segment we've typically
ignored until now.
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Here are some pictures of the brass railing we've been working on. I
guess I am tired of seeing "the ball" end and wanted to come up with
something that reflected more substance. This is our first prototype
and will be featured on the first bar, #218. This brass railing will
be offered on all straight front bars - like the Canterbury, Second
Empire, and Grand Devon.
The end cap was designed by us....this is no India special (where I
believe a lot of the standard rail and accessories come from). The
construction on this railing is solid. The end caps are not installed
or slipped on.....they are wielded. This is truly a custom addition
that reflects our commitment to originality forgotten in today's quick
and hurried construction.
Now, I know many of you will like this.....but it isn't going to be
offered on the English Tavern. The four corners to the English Tavern
proved to time consuming and problematic.
Pricing of the new brass railing is not
Click the pics for a larger look.
The pictures here are from a 60" Canterbury (for
Small Batch Bar Series
With the recent introduction of the Grand Devon and Second Empire,
we are classifying their construction under our Small Batch Bar
Series. The Small Batch Bar Series is our premium and select lines
of bar/pubs limited to less than 20 per year. We probably couldn't
sell more than 20 - but we definitely can't make more than 20.
We are running a
promotion on the Sir Walter Corner Bar.
There has been an increase of email and activity after Christmas.
I want to make this clear in my no-nonsense BS.....the only inventory
that will be available within the next 2-4 months is listed as
current inventory page. Therefore, if
this is something you are looking at, then place your deposit. It's
that simple. About 10 days ago we had (2) ET bars for sale (in-stock
and ready-to-go). Well, they sold and the so last 10 days we've
received calls from customers wanting to buy the sold bars. Hey, when
they sell, they sell. There's no huge backroom. I can remember back in
2005 when we had one of our largest in-stock selections hit the
store...which was about 10-11. Within 30 days they were all gone and
we received surprised phone calls from people 'planning'.
The links to the past shipments are
restored. We also uploaded ~15 new sets of pics. Bar #180+ are more
current spec (although some could still have modifications).
2008 English Tavern comes with (2) front interior options. We
simply named them Type A and Type B. The picture to the right
highlights Type A and the larger picture details the bar as it
comes standard. The pictures to the far right show the various
The bars detailed in the current inventory section have the 2008
The past shipments page is not linking to the inventory of past
bar pictures. We need a few days to fix the links and correct the
addition, we've also been working with some marquetry veneer
patterns. This is the a tabletop for the Grand Devon prototype
before routing. We were debating back and forth concerning the
solid wood top and a pattern marquetry tabletop. The white and
black inlay seen in the picture caused a great deal of trouble.
For the 2007 Grand Devon bars, we decided to ship the solid wood
tops, but 2008 will see the new tabletops.
We are also considering the new marquetry tabletops as options
with the English Tavern.
We sold our first Sir Walter bar and are awaiting installed pictures.
Over the years, we occasionally receive pictures from customers. I've
never solicited for pictures or comments, but think it might be time
to post a section of past customers. I think it might be interesting
to see some of the pictures and hear some of the stories. Some of the
pictures look really sharp.....and #206 has his bar in his Seattle
'party lodge'. I will say that most of my customers over the years are
all rather cool and laid back. That's about the only way to deal with
us anyway. Therefore, look for a new section sometime in the future of
pictures. I'll probably start gathering the pictures and seeking
The 2008 English Tavern page is almost finished. It will just detail
the available options and clean-up much of the old information.
Typically, I am tightlipped concerning new designs. I know how this
whole Asian copycat thing works, but I want to give our first real
sneak peek at The Second Empire. The Second Empire is our 4th original
prototype. You can see the concept behind the design, but you will be
amazed at the final product. This product will contain a good deal of
multi-colored copper and various elements. The first prototype is
about 88" in width. The Second Empire bar design will start at $9990
and have a front bar included. The Second Empire will be available for
delivery in EARLY April 2008. This, such as the Grand Devon, will be
produced in limited quantities in 2008.
I recently received an email from a China-based furniture manufacture.
And I know there are a few others out there also. Listen, here's my
thought on Chinese furniture. They find any angle to cut the cost.
They apply incredibly good-looking finishes on junk boards of
whatever. They're smart marketers of their product - make it look
good, keep the cost down, and the consumer really won't ask what the
materials are made of. Hey, it's been working in home construction for
the last 20 years....so why not furniture? The average American
consumer just wants it to look good and fit their price range.
Our building material store bought some Chinese vanities last year. I
took a few out of their boxes and destroyed one so I could view the
materials. The vanity was advertised as hardwoods and MDF veneer. It
was beautiful and I am telling you it was 90% MDF. The legs and trim
were solid wood. The sides, door, and frame were all MDF. And they did
an incredible job making it all look like wood. It was a beautiful
vanity and nonetheless similar to most HomeGoods products. And yes, I
am also guilty of buying some of this stuff.
The truth is we serve a very niche market. I assume we will see a
flood of Chinese-produced bars soon. I'm a little surprised there
hasn't been more on the market yet anyway. Several years ago there was
also an Egyptian bar producer. Some of the other websites sell their
bars......yet, again, their designs really don't fit American taste.
They are too fru-fru old European.
At this point in the game, I realize our designs are superior and we
make a product that is rather complicated to duplicate in detail and
quality. This may be the reason we don't see more competition. Of
course, there are also the Indo copycats. They do the same damn
thing.....I call it Indo-izing. They take a product design and screw
it up. I think I've talked about this in the past. They just screw-up
the proportions and make it completely funky looking.
Anyway, I am back in Lexington and in the store most days after
noon. If you are a customer with a pre-existing order, please feel
free to call me. Or if you have any questions concerning the bars,
then give me a call.
All ordered bars are almost through production or finishing.
Along with all the past ordered bars shipping before Christmas, we
will also have (only) 6 English Tavern bars available - (4) ET80: 2
brown marble, 2 wood top and (2) ET96: 2 brown marble. In January
2008, we should finally be free of all past orders.
2008 Grand Devon
The Grand Devon is a bit more time-consuming and labor intensive than
original planned. Due to the size and delay in production this bar
causes, we are limiting the Grand Devon to only FIVE in 2008. We are
not guaranteeing when this bar will start in 2008. We will have the
(2) 2007 Grand Devon prototypes available by the end of the year.
GD001 and GD002 both have small differences. The 2008 Grand Devon will
be based on GD002 - the look was substantially stronger in the 3"
additional height gain (105" versus 102"). The FIVE 2008 Grand Devon's
will be priced at $19,000 each. There is a $5000 reservation deposit
to place an order (deposit is refundable). Options and customization
is available up until production. Once production starts, there will
be no changes. The 2008 Grand Devon will have slight changes from the
I know a few customers have emailed concerning purchasing a Grand
Devon in 2008. If this is something you are interested in, please
don't wait to reserve one of the bars.
In 2008, we will also release a FULL BAR PACKAGE. This 'bar' will be a
complete KIT and have a footprint somewhere in the 22' x 10' range
(slightly adjustable after built). The bar will be similar to the Sir
Walter with a 6-person booth, stools, and (2) plasma TVs, dartboard,
copper, and whole lot of mahogany. We might even include the full
appliance package in the price. This bar will also feature a bar tap
system for kegs.
This bar will be for the person who is building out their basement and
wants to insert a bar package outfit. It will require a carpenter to
install - as it will come completely knock-down and need assembly. It
will even include a ceiling.
This bar will exceed $50,000.
The Second Empire
I've been doing this for about 6 years now. There isn't a bar design
that impresses me or inspires me more than The Second Empire. I still
have high expectations for the finished product. And within the last
few months, I think I have a vision of how I want the front bar piece
to compliment the back piece. The visual effect of this bar is the
back piece, but I also want the front piece to be similar in nature,
yet not distract from the look.
This bar is about 80" in width and will start at $10,000.
Also on the horizon is a heavy Victorian bar similar to the English
Tavern, but with some nice intricate features. This bar will be for
the people that like 'a little more'.
We wouldn't be here without this bar. The new production system will
introduce a variety of interesting options - including new tabletop
It's been a difficult two years living in Indonesia. It's just not a
very pleasant experience as it continues to wear at my patience. I
haven't been very happy missing Christmas '06 and '05. Sometimes,
customers ask me what the weather is like and I say 90 and hot. And
they reply, NNN-ICE. But, honestly, 90 and hot, 365 days a year, isn't
my cup of tea. It is physiologically depressing. When it is December
25th, it is 90 and hot. When it is February 14th, it is 90 and hot.
And yes, July 4th is also 90 and hot. I don't think the average
American truly appreciates the four seasons. It is something to really
I do appreciate the letters and comments (and pictures). I hope to
post your pictures on the new website. Please send whatever pictures
you want me to post.
We have implemented the Instapak foam system. We will eventually have
more to discuss concerning our new packing methods, but the purpose of
the foam is to 'cocoon' the bar in various locations, as well as
provide customized corner protecting guards. Since 2001, we have
decreased shipping damage claims from 10% to about 2%.
pics for a larger view of the foam.
recently started working on the website (again). Hopefully, we'll
find the time to actually complete it.
The (3) prototype Sir Walter bars will be the only SW types
available BEFORE Christmas. Sir Walter #300 is in-stock now and
the other two will be arriving in 45-55 days.
Pictures of #187 have been posted. You can follow the
link here to view the pics. The copper
sink is featured on the last page (3). This is the new slide-in sink
we will start offering soon.
We also added the LIVE HELP feature to answer any immediate questions.
Hopefully, over the next 3-4 months, we will start working on the
website. We're not a slick website selling a bunch of China bars. Our
first priority has always been to take care of the factory, increase
our quality, introduce new designs and features, and ship something
we're proud of. It just seems natural that if we build a nice product
and offer it at a fair price, the customers will buy it.
Click here for the update and pictures of the
first prototype of the #SW300. This is available for purchase now -
full pictures and dimensions available.
All bars are either in production or through production. By the end of
July, we will start accepting new orders.
According to our March announcement, we are modifying, changing, and
deleting certain options. The entire website may not contain updated
information. The information on this page is current.
We are currently finishing all previously ordered bars and changes are
being made to produce the ET as a standardized production bar only.
The warehouse is chaotic at the moment, as we renovate and make the
necessary changes for the second-half of 2007.
Our number one priority is concentration on new bar designs. The
English Tavern will still be produced, but without many of the
complicated custom features we allowed in the past.
Also, our new finishes will be based on the previous colors, but with
an even more antique look and feel.
We are no longer accepting custom modifications to the English Tavern.
This is due to the length of time and logistics in fulfilling such
requests. Our 2005 and 2006 output fell over 60% as we continued to
fall behind schedule. Therefore, the decision was made to offer the ET
as a standardized bar only with limited options. Below is a brief
summary of the changes.
Currently, the wood tabletop is the only available countertop. We are
temporarily discontinuing the marble/granite. Although this is a
popular option, it results in continual delay problems. Until this
issue is resolved with a reliable supplier with consistent prices, we
will not offer the option.
The front bar interior is available in INTERIOR A or INTERIOR B. The
standard interior is INTERIOR A and also labeled 2007 English Tavern
STANDARD. The INTERIOR B option features a location for a 24" to 15"
full-height appliance (34.5" tall). This also features our patent
pending slide-in insert that gives you the option of adding the
appliance now or later. INTERIOR B also has a stack of four vertical
drawers. INTERIOR B is a good option for people who want to add a
full-height countertop appliance now or in the future. Most keg frig
units are 24" wide and will fit the location.
The back bar has no options other than a copper sink (2 different
models). There is a slight modification to the back specifications in
the 2007 English Tavern drawings.
In addition, our marble sinks are temporarily discontinued and
replaced with our copper models. Of course, copper prices are going
through the roof, but we have reliable high-quality supplier's capable
of meeting our requests. Both models are 16-gauge copper (1.5mm)
thick. The sink location is either available on the right or left (in
the 80" model) or right, center, or left (in the 96" model). The
copper sinks are custom made to fit our specifications. It is possible
to easily cut the top and install your own sink - if you can find a
stock sink that will fit after you purchase the bar.
There is no change or price increase to the Special Canopy.
There are absolutely no height modifications. The heights listed are
the shipping heights. You have the ability to trim a few inches from
the bottom of the toe kick at your location. The English Tavern
countertop ships at 38" tall and if trimmed up to 2", would result in
36" (your standard kitchen cabinet height). We will not modify the
height at the factory or in Kentucky.
time-to-time, we may release limited edition or specially modified
English Tavern bars - such as the side insert addition. These bars
cannot be ordered and only available when produced.
time-to-time, we may release limited edition or specially modified
English Tavern bars - such as the side insert addition. These bars
cannot be ordered and only available when produced.
Wood Tabletop and Standard Interior A
English Tavern w/canopy
Front Interior option B
SG Special Canopy
taller at 93"
Knock-Down Canopy (80" only)
16-gauge copper round sink
16-gauge copper logo slide-in sink
to be announced
to be announced
English Tavern JR
English Tavern JRII
There are no more customized
modifications to the height. You have some limited options that may be
KNOCK-DOWN CANOPY +$750
The canopy is typically the biggest obstacle to moving the ET into the
home. The knock-down canopy is constructed in 5 major components and
may be broken-down into small easy to move sections. Then, once in
your location, you easily assemble with bolts and install. Does the
knock-down canopy look any different than the regular canopy? No,
structurally the Knock-Down canopy is beefed-up on the inside, but the
exterior stays the same. The Knock-Down canopy is not available in 96"
and/or Special Canopy versions.
And of course, it wouldn't be complete without giving you a glimpse of
the new stuff. By ignoring customers and offering horrible customer
service, I have been luckily able to concentrate on new designs again
and design some interesting new accessories and options. I really hope
by the second half of 2007, I can release all the details. Here is a
sample pic of the copper sink. Amazingly, this logo was not beaten
with a template, but etched by hand.
Yes, the Sir Walter bars are out of finishing. The copper sinks are
being made as we speak. I decided to go with a different sink look for
the Sir Walter. This will eventually be offered with the English
Tavern, but will first be featured in the new Sir Walter bars. The
sink looks black, but is actually copper.
addition, there will be an assortment of SLIDE-IN sinks for the
English Tavern and other designs. As you know, a slide-in copper sink
is rather expensive. Ours will be north of $500, but every customer is
going to want this sink. The first prototype was flat out bad-ass. It
is being designed to fit the new 2007 English Tavern specs and will
likely be offered on every bar design we sell. The slide-in uses
nearly 3x the amount of copper than the round drop-in.
One of my major goals in 2007, apart from standardizing the ET, is to
finally release many of my new design concepts. Don't get me wrong,
the ET is nice. It's an 8-year old design that still appeals to a lot
of people. It wouldn't be right to just abandon the ET, but it also
breaks my heart to see some of the bastardized ET variations on the
market. Some people just don't have a clue what is proportional or
'inspiring'........a grape poled bar? Are you kidding me?
I'm ready to release new designs that really push creativity with that
flair of excitement in inspiring details. I was pleased with the Grand
Devon and the Sir Walter. They both were noble attempts at a good
design...and no grapes. I think you will see more copper in my
designs. Aside from the ridiculous price increases, I can't believe
the versatility in this product. I'll probably finally release the
copper tabletop too. I was actually talking today about the teak bench
design called the Lutyen's bench. It is a famous bench designed by Sir
Edwin Lutyen in the early 1900s. I said how cool it would be to make
the horizontal wood pieces in copper....leaving the vertical larger
pieces in wood. Anyway, copper has been my focus for the past month.
Hopefully, by the end of June, the
English Tavern may again be available to purchase.....
with pictures of finished bars
arriving within reasonable timeframes.
After we have built stock again in
Kentucky, we will open the ET for orders - not custom, but
standard optioned requests.
Again, no custom orders or advance sales are being taken now. To put
it rather bluntly, WYSIWYG. If you see a bar posted with the words
, then this is for sale. Yet, some of the
information on the site is not updated. We are not taking orders for
Please read the
If you are interested in a CORNER BAR, we have 3 Sir Walter prototypes
about to be released within 1 month. Each have variations in details.
Each will be the same stain color - an antique historic Danbury Brown
distressed stain color. No internet invoice or deposits will be taken
until the final pictures are posted with final dimensions and
Effective April 1st, 2007, we are suspending custom orders and
pre-orders (until further notice).
Watch the website for AVAILABLE bars with listed bar numbers. These
may be purchased - as they are already produced.
We are going back to the old system of production, then selling (year
making this change for a variety of reasons, for which we will update
in detail later.
we are also moving all operations to a larger 30,000 sqft facility.
We hope both these changes result in a greater selection of bar
inventory for 2007. We regrettably have to make this change to be more
efficient and speed production. If you need something custom, I
suggest you call your 'local' craftsmen and deal with them.
If you have paid a deposit, your order is not affected!
If you have an internet invoice and not paid a deposit by April 10th,
2007,your order will not be accepted for pre-orders (or custom
If the bar pictures are posted, the bar may be purchased - thus, an
internet invoice can be created.
There will be no more pre-order internet invoices issued after April
Below are 4 postings that will appear at once.
I recently tried to visit an American friend's factory the other day.
It was empty. Again, security and a sanding staff of 15. The operation
ceased on January 1st, 2007. I don't know the full story since he
isn't here. Surprisingly, I thought many of the Jepara-junk factories
would be closing before the higher-quality factories closed. He could
be moving operations....I just don't know.
I will continue to monitor the situation here. I have always viewed
these larger factories as my litmus test for the overall situation
One last note, many will claim a 'relationship' with a factory so they
can try and say factory direct. This is another BS story. Was your
Nevada friend a 'relationship' too? I don't think so. The reality is
most of the stuff shipping from here is made in huts with little care
about their quality. It is sold to a factory that sprays the stuff
with a low-quality finish and wraps it for shipping. It's fast, quick,
and ready to be sold cheap.....and meets 60% of the USA customer's
expectations. This 60% of the USA doesn't know Henredon or Kreiss
either....to them, those are just funny names. To me, they are
something to aspire too. And just so I am very clear, we are not their
level....we are somewhere in between.
We are a full manufacturing facility where all production phases are
in-house. This is costly, inefficient, and not making me a damn penny
at the moment. I will entertain bored rich investors that want to
dance with me on the wild side.
Here is a picture of our drafting table. Here we were going
over the Grand Devon glass door inserts.
The English Tavern will increase to over
$4300 on April 1 (end of the 1st quarter). Our bar is far
superior to the others selling similar versions. For the few of you
that wonder about buying their bar for $3500 to $4000, take a look at
their canopy size (72" deep) versus our two canopy versions (75" and
82"). They are selling the mini-me version that contains roughly 35%
less board feet (m/3) of wood. It is not just the canopy that is
dramatically smaller, it is also the front bar section (24"-26" in
depth). Does that really seem like a good deal? So, really don't be
fooled by their close-up pics and think this is the same bar. The
original size on this bar was 80"x 80" and has been modified over the
years.....and to save costs, many factories have reduced the
proportion to save money, lower the price, or whatever you want to
say. For some of you, the smaller size may be what is needed. In this
case, I suggest you visit ebay. For the few of you that care about the
quality, value, and size of their bar, we will take your order. If we
have trouble turning a profit, then I know the competitor's bars which
must be bought through another factory are a true example of 'get what
you pay for'. I know there are bottom feeders in this world....that
exclusively look at price. You're not our customer.
The picture highlights the size.....but the smaller bar canopy is our
older stock #68 (teak) - we did produce a few. The finish on this bar
Also, note, the electrical pole conduit is patent pending. It may take
some time for the patent, but after approved, I will go after
anyone....so enjoy this grace period.
By the end of 2007, we might phase-out the English Tavern to
concentrate on our exclusive designs that haven't been copied.
Yesterday, I decided to visit a few factories over in the bonded zone
to assess the situation here. For the few of you that think we are in
England, think again and read the newspaper - there's no low-tech,
labor intensive manufacturing in the western world. We are in southern
Asia - Indonesia.
My first stop was an old supplier back from 2000....and I hadn't seen
him since 2000. The factory was a mess...and of course, for sale. It
was nearly 40,000 sqft sitting empty....with a skeleton staff of maybe
10. I'm not sure if his mood turned somber after he learned I wasn't
interested in his factory or the mere fact that he was just glum from
the many years of beating 'his' head against the wall. There was no
warm greeting or a glimpse of a smile the entire time. In many ways, I
not only could see his pain, but I could feel it. I don't think I have
ever been more depressed about the state of Indonesia than that
Granted, I deal with the shit everyday, but I have tried to stay
upbeat and focused as much as possible. When Indonesia lifted the gas
subsidies in late 2005, this had an incredible ripple-effect across
the entire economy. Raw supplier's went crazy....trying to raise
prices 20%+. It took months of damage control to just negotiate prices
back to a reasonable level. Yet, this didn't stop the government from
raising basic salaries 26% in our area. It wasn't just the private
businesses, but basic government services starting posting
double-digit increases. This country was continuing its destructive
path to killing all export manufacturing.
As the year 2006 unfolded, I watched as factory after factory
shuttered and closed. Indonesia is not the most productive society and
their one advantage, labor, was being wiped away yearly in the form of
salary increases. Since 2001, minimum salaries were now over 100% in 5
years. And yet again, 2007 also ushers in another double-digit
increase at 12%.
Anyway, I guess by the middle of 2006, I stopped paying
attention...yet, now, I was in one of the industrial parks (zones) and
export furniture manufacturing was virtually non-existent. As I sat
across from Henry and listened to his stories of China, I realized the
country of Indonesia needed drastic change to stay competitive in
today's marketplace. It didn't matter that Indonesia was the 4th most
populated country in the world (and everyone needs jobs)...electrical
rates were higher than the USA, corruption was still rampant, labor
inefficient, infrastructure antiquated, and land rates comparable to
the USA. All this, coupled with the hard and soft costs of doing
business here, was killing the country's export manufacturing.
I have also come to realize that all 3rd world manufacturing is a
nasty game. Playing by the rules and following the procedures is
difficult. I don't think being an American is well-suited to owning a
foreign factory (unless you are real hard-ass). The reality is factory
ownership is a brutal game of cost containment and watching pennies. I
remember my dad telling me once when I bought a restaurant that I
should get out now....because the restaurant business was a nickel and
dime business.....I am the inventor, the creator, the risk-taker, and
the designer. I am not a pencil pusher. Unfortunately, the time spent
at the factory is only 10% fun now......the rest is management
responsibilities or action-reaction problems.
So, for the few of you that watch our site and wonder how the hell we
are so slow or they've been talking about doing this for x number of
months, above is your reason. I used to be guarded in our operation,
but I realize that someone would be a fool to follow in my
footsteps......and they couldn't or wouldn't do what I did anyway. The
reality is a lot of operations are moving to Vietnam.
We are discontinuing the Kauri/other wood option. All Kauri/other wood
bar orders placed before this date are still in production/or planned
In addition, we have updated the English Tavern page to reflect the
changes for the 2007 English Tavern. We've added and deleted a few
production options and increased customizing fees. We plan to increase
After continual efforts to increase production, I feel like I just
keep beating my head against the wall. I am pleased with our factory
efforts, but I am faced with persistent supplier problems. Nobody
seems to hold their price and quality is inconsistent. Therefore, I am
just canceling all problems. After a real assessment of the situation,
I think this is the root problem to many of our delays. Ultimately, I
would like to deliver a bar to the customer within 3 months...and we
haven't been hitting that target.
I am not displeased with our quality. I constantly tell the customers
that I will not ship the bars until I am satisfied....to their
frustration and mad emails. We have continued to improve over the
years and most of the employees have worked here for 3+ years.
If you want a bar in the first or second quarter of 2007, order it
now. You are welcome to add/customize as much as you want, but be
aware this will affect your timeframe.
a picture of the soon-to-be-released mahogany wood railing. It
will be stained to match your bar color. You can click the picture
for a bigger look. There will be no supplier problems with this
railing....we made the rail and the ball.
The brass railing is temporarily not available. You can order the
railing from several internet sites after you get your bar.
There are NO custom orders being accepted at this moment.
There is only one bar available before Christmas – Bar #181
All orders submitted for production will be 3 months (no to few
options) - 6 months (many options). If you want something sooner, then
look for a bar in production or in-stock. If we improve this
timeframe, we will make note on the website.
The first Grand Devon pictures will be released soon. Orders for the
Grand Devon can be placed now.
There will be a revised pricing structure and different options
introduced in 2007. Currently, all prices are correct.
I am back in the states. I will start updating the site and posting
current information within the week. In addition, if anyone would like
to call the store, I am available to answer any questions.
rarely talk about the competitor's....and I'm still not going to
do it. But, I am going to post two pictures.
What is picture 2? Is that a dovetail joint? Can you guess what
drawer is ours?
Our bars are not perfect, but we're not going to sell you any
junk. Maybe one day when I am in a bad mood, I will make a ranting
post comparing the differences in materials, workmanship, and
PRODUCTION CHANGE TO THE ENGLISH TAVERN
Today, we are announcing further improvements and additions to the
English Tavern design. Any bar ordered AFTER today will include these
Changes to the 2007 English Tavern include
heads are wrapped in moulding to compliment the exterior elements
(picture 1 and 2).
tabletop profile is being changed (picture 3, 4, 5).
mouldings are being added inside the upper canopy (not pictured).
interior is being changed to a more appealing and functional design.
This is now the standard interior on the English Tavern, JR, and JRII.
Picture 2 shows the new drawer head and tabletop
profile with the old standard interior. This is
because we immediately implemented changes #1-#3 into current
production. Shipment S are the first bars
featuring the new change. Any shipment BEFORE features the information
provided when ordered.
The base price of the mahogany English Tavern is increasing $100.
Thus, the 80" and 96" versions are now $3698 and $4298, respectfully.
There is no price increase in the Kauri version. The next planned
price increase will be January 1st, 2007.
The 2" brass railing is causing serious delays. Every brass railing is
going back to our supplier for revision to the angles. In some cases,
the railing is revised 3-4 times before ready. Therefore, we are being
forced to make some changes with our railing. We will now offer our
railing as standard and premium. In both cases, the thickness of the
railing is the same. There is no difference in the quality of the two
versions. The only difference in the premium and the standard version
is strictly limited to a one-piece construction (premium) versus a
5-piece construction (standard). The 5-piece construction allows us to
modify and adjust at our factory and save considerable time. It also
allows us to ship the railing in knock-down packing. The price of the
standard railing is not changing - $500 (80") and $600 (96"). The
premium railing is increasing +25% to $625 (80") and $750 (96").
All railing ordered before August 14th, 2006 will ship AS ORDERED
(premium railing) without any additional price increase.
PAST CUSTOMERS - If you would like to order the brass railing, we will
only ship the standard 5-piece railing. We will not ship the premium
Yes, this is a new idea being developed. The railing will be in wood
and stained to match the bar. The angle connectors will be in brass or
black metal. The intended price will likely be the same as the
standard brass at $500 and $600. We will not go into details about the
construction until after we make the first prototype. This will be
strong enough to support 2-3 men. Furthermore, we feel the 'beating'
to the wood railing will add to the bar's character over time.
Front Interior Refrigerator (refrigerator not included) - no longer
current as of December 2006, we reverted back to the Avanti.
The new standard interior (sales orders created after August 14th,
2006) will accommodate a different refrigerator than in the past.
Actually, you have the ability to install two units, if desired. This
allows you to possible purchase a unit for wine and another for soft
drinks and beer. And if a frig isn't in your plans, no problem,
shelves are included. In addition, the areas may also be converted to
pull-out trash bins for $99 each. Therefore, your options include, all
shelves, a shelf unit and a frig unit, a shelf unit and a trash bin,
two trash bins, a frig unit and a trash bin, or two frig/wine units.
This shows the nNew standard
interior with an Avanti frig unit installed (purchased separately) to
the left and an optional trash bin (+$99 option added)
Customizing the Interior
Customizing the interior is still an option. If you desire full-height
appliances, more drawers, special keg unit, or anything other than our
standard interior space, you may request a custom front interior.
Although not firmly in place, we will likely increase the minimum
charge for customizing the front interior. Currently, the minimum is
And to kick-off the new changes, we are
offering a SPECIAL for the month of August and September.
Any standard 80" English Tavern ordered receives a free
Danby wine/frig unit (DWC172) or a trash bin pull-out.
does not include the 96" versions, JR, or JRII models. Options may
still be ordered in this special. Thus, requesting the Special
Canopy or granite/marble is acceptable. Ordered units in August
and September will take 3 months. This special does not include
any in-stock bars or other specials.
Every ordered bar is starting construction next week. In addition, we
will finally start some of our other designs within a few weeks.
The Canterbury prototype is finally ready.
There are 3 additional Canterbury bars on-order (60", 70", and 80").
Each will technically be a prototype....working toward the final
There will be a limited edition series come out in late 2006. The wood
for this series will be American wood from Michigan. This series will
be limited to 10 or less. The species involved will be cherry, white
oak, red oak, hickory, beech, ash, and splated, curly, or quilted
We're behind again. It's just a combination of several factors. I
guess it is commonplace to wait 3+ months for us to make you a bar. I
don't know if this is going to change anytime soon. We do appreciate
Recently, we've experimented with several new wood types. Soon, we
will introduce a selection of woods that will range in price from our
base (bottom price) to our top price (currently mahogany). We're still
not definite on our choices, but kauri's price and availability is not
The 1-888 seems to be resolved. Remember, when you call the toll-free
888 number, it gets forwarded overseas. This is the reason for the odd
sales hours and 'not so best' connection. Anyway, the number should be
up-and-running by the end of the weekend.
If you have any questions about the current container arriving now,
please call Kyle at the store. He can update the delivery schedule.
We've had an awful time switching the 1-888 number over to a new
provider. Until this issue is resolved, we are removing the 1-888
number from the homepage. You may contact Lexington directly or reach
us at the factory by using email.
There is a new finish option. We are calling the finish HISTORIC
(insert base color name). We basically imagine this finish in our
three most popular finishes.....Danbury Brown, Rockford Rust, and
Essex Brown. The up-charge for the 'Historic' finish is $275. We do
not have bars produced in this finish yet....but there are some
on-order. You may view some bookcases in this finish at
www.englishbars.com/bookcase/. We make a few items for our
building materials store....and this bookcase is one of them.
I was searching the internet again for castles. This might happen once
a year. As you can probably tell, my inspiration is deeply rooted in
Anyway, I came across this article for a famous castle in Wales named
Gwrych Castle. It is to be auctioned off on June 2nd, 2006. Although
lacking nearly 1.4 million pounds of the proposed auction price and
3.5 million pounds of the estimated remodel cost, I was in love with
this castle. I went and busted my piggy-bank, but the funds are still
lacking. I think I'm going to have to let this one pass. Yet, there
will be a time when I buy a castle.
I've probably viewed 300 castles in the past few days now. This is by
far one of the grandest. I love the windows and the sense of its
rolling width in splendor. It's not excessive in its might, and while
large, it is not flamboyant in bad details.
This is a man's castle. This isn't a château, a
manor, or a palace. It's a real castle. Nearly half of the 300 castles
I viewed were labeled or named a castle, but nothing of the sort.
We've been working on a castle bar for several months. I've already
designed 2-3 that are incomplete. I want to add one design to the
production line. Yet, I think I am going to modify it slightly and
name the new bar Gwrych Castle. I really only need to change a few
elements based on my past designs. This castle is everything I
imagined in my head. It might be the uncultivated growth and
deterioration that adds to its ambiance.
If anyone has the time, they might want to view the Trust's website
below. The pictures are breathtaking and your head will spin with
Originally, the plans were to complete the proto of The Second Empire
and the Sir Walter, but we have just started the Canterbury and full
specs are almost finished on the Grand Devon. We will release the
Grand Devon page within a few days now - hopefully, by the end of the
weekend. We decided to take a customer's request to complete a Grand
Devon before the prototype was even started.
The Grand Devon's initial sketch was originally planned for 13'. We
have scaled down the width to a more appropriate 10' (120"). In doing
so, the center height is proportionally down from 108" to 101". Full
specs will be released soon. And within a month or so, the completed
project will be available for full details.
The Canterbury is looking rather sharp. We started with the simple 60"
version and I am liking the height proportion of the top piece.
My favorite, of course, is still The Second Empire. And I'm not going
to talk much about it until it is released in a prototype. This is
still our most complicated bar design....and it's slowly being
The Sir Walter keeps getting the back-burner treatment...although
probably one of the most inquired about bars. You can order it, you
just have to accept that there isn't a live version to look at. If you
order it, we'll produce it....it's that simple.
The English Tavern is still available for production, but in mahogany
(2-3 months). You can still order the Kauri (or Pine) version with a
4+ month wait. We do have some in-stock kauri bars available for
immediate purchase. Just visit the current
We're updating the granite and marble choices. We're adding some new
In addition, we have started experimenting with the BLUM Blumotion
Tandem drawer glides. This new drawer glide is rather clever. The
drawer glide will be standard on our premium bars and might be
available as an option to the English Tavern (at a later date). It is
an undermount system with a sliding stop at the end...not a snap end.
So, it was kinda funny really.....I was online and caught a picture of
Keira Knightley. Of course, I've had a fondness for her since Bend It
With Beckham....and she looked elegant in Pirates of the
Caribbean....but, I have no idea why she did the movie Domino....that
was just a bad movie - that wanted to pretend it was cool. Anyway, I
prefer to think of her in the pirate movie....so, my mind wandered to
Pirates of the Caribbean.....and then to the Black Pearl Ghost Ship.
That's when I had my idea for a pirate ship bar. My office thinks I am
crazy....and nobody really thought I was serious. Yet, we've spent 2
days on specs and general ideas now. We've even discussed how the hull
would be designed and wood wrapped.
Now, I don't imagine this is going to be a hugely successful bar....in
part because the price will be expensive and we're only going to make
ONE for 2006. The size will be something like 60" x 160". The concept
is crazy and we may forever own this bar, but we're going to build it.
It will not be a front and back bar. It's going to be a ship...a
single ship in 3D. The mast and sails will reach to 96"......and I
imagine two hidden locations for an ice-maker and a frig unit. The
topside cargo compartments will be dry sinks for displaying your iced
beer. We have to think of some cool area to place a beer tap. This
will be a funny distraction between the headaches....the problem is
the voices keep getting louder.
Now, I've spent all the time I plan to devote to this project for the
next two months. We have more important projects or 'realistic'
projects. Yet, the Pirate Ship will move forward. We'll update this
project with photos and designs - as soon as we have time. I have no
problem posting this project because I'm sure no company will
duplicate this design.....this bar isn't about making money - as much
as saying we did it.
If this bar actually sells, we'll do another in 2007....with each
being a different ship and history. The ship in 2006 is still yet
undetermined. This would not be available for delivery until the end
of the year.....even if someone was to place a deposit on this idea.
Of course, the ship for 2006 isn't the Black Pearl. I don't need
Disney lawyers sending me emails...or Steve Jobs mad at me. If you've
ever watched an Apple convention, Jobs is truly a man that
inspires....plus, you have to admire a person driven by passion.
Anyway, I guess it is back to my job. This is all Keira Knightley's
THE PIRATE SHIP BAR
On future shipments, most bars made for STOCK will be mahogany. We are
still going to keep the base price of $2998 for the standard English
Tavern design (in Kauri or other wood). Yet, if you want the base
price bar, this will likely need to be ordered (2-3 month wait). This
decision is due to drying one particular wood at the moment for our
future bars. We must devote more time to producing the new bar
designs. All new designs will be mahogany.
In addition, we have released some of the new designs.
Why do we call the new marble brown/grey? Because it really seems to
have the two colors mixed in the marble. And although that combination
sounds ugly, it is a gorgeous combination. We'll get the technical
name soon - so we can make it simple.
The knock-down is available.
Recently, I've been on a creative run. There are so many new designs
in the pipeline now. The new design this week is going to be called
THE SECOND EMPIRE. I have rushed sample sections of this through
production to capture my idea. This will be a rather expensive bar
since the materials and carvings are more complex. The final bar price
will be $9500+
We are running a February special to promote the new brown marble.
There will be only 5 of these promotional bars sold. The orders must
be placed in February and the bar will arrive in April/May. Full
details about this special can be found here.
We are running behind due to a kilning schedule issue. Nevertheless,
there still is progress in the design improvements. We are making
final changes to the standard design and finalizing, what I believe to
be, our last improvements. As mentioned before, our standard bar
design is now called, THE ENGLISH TAVERN. You may sometimes still see
it referred to as Regular or Regular-L. The "L" reference always
confused the customer. The letter "L" just meant "Large" and not a
reference to the shape. Anyway, one of these days, we will clean-up
the site and design something more professional.
There are some in-stock bars (in KY) ready for immediate purchase.
We are working several new items
named our standard bar - the English Tavern. The same bar without the
canopy is basically the English Tavern JR (84" in height). In
addition, we have designed a new back...simply called JRII. The height
of the JRII is about 90" (under 8').
We're are really trying to change the website. Yet, all we've done is
make it more of a mess. The current inventory page is typically kept
updated within a day or so.
The toll-free 1-888 number forwards overseas. The connection is
lacking most of the time. You are welcome to call, but email is always
best. Pressing 2 gets you to Lexington, but sales questions will be
The schedule is a little behind...but not as bad as the past.
We are 'finally' moving ahead with all the new designs. Honestly, they
look great. As of today, we have 5 new designs.....and they are not
released yet. If I release them, you'll have questions and I won't
have answers. The bar pictured below is called the GRAND DEVON. The
front section is not complete yet. We also have 3 corner bars coming!
Each corner bar is unique in their own way and looks great.
Serious.....I'm proud of every new design so far.
The first knock-down canopy is shipping for arrival in January. This
has an upgrade price of $500.....and breaks the canopy into sections
for assembly IN YOUR HOUSE.
We are also working on some nice 60" bars (and smaller) without
canopy. The first design turned out really nice.
Check back by the middle of November for release of the new designs.
Prices will be posted and you may reserve shipment.
production schedule is basically set for the remaining year. I
will return to the factory in the next month and work the rest of
the year to introduce the new designs and several of our larger
custom projects. The new designs will be exclusive to
EnglishBars.com......since they are our creation and not a copy.
My primary objective for the remainder of 2005 is to introduce all
the new designs.
If you've been a backburner custom project, I will look at this
again when I return to the factory.
The sample chip packs have been delayed.
We imported a large Nyle kiln this year. I hope to have this up
and running by the start of 2006.
I am back in Kentucky. Honestly, if you have custom bar design
requests, we're just not working on them right now. We have a few new
styles that we are tweaking and releasing in the next few weeks. If
you want something custom (in a bar design), you need to go to someone
else. We might start looking at custom requests again in 1 month.
This current container has arrived in Kentucky and we are preparing
for it to arrive. The current bars will leave next week.
Shipments are moving. The new options are now being installed. We are
updating the site to show the options we added. The new site is still
being delayed. We will have the wood sample chip packs available in
August. It is $15 for the Kauri Pack, $10 for the Mahogany Pack, and
$10 for the granite/marble Pack. Naturally, the price is refunded from
the purchase price...if you buy a bar. You'll be able to order the
Wood Table Tops
We are pleased to announce a few changes. Our wood top is now about
twice the thickness. The appearance is not thicker, but the actual top
itself was only 1.5-1.6cm in the past. We are also multi-coating the
top. We have always used an industry POLY finish. We do not use wax,
NC, or Melamine. Our finishing coat is far superior to the generally
imported bar sold by many factories. We also switched to an
anti-scratch finish. It's a little rougher in feel, but has a greater
protection rating. Please remember, anti-scratch DOES NOT mean it will
not scratch. It just means it resist scratches better.
We also recently imported a Taylor Clamp Carrier and our wood table
top joints are flawless. Nothing beats a Taylor clamp to hold the
joint. We're using Franklin Adhesives on our table tops (imported from
the USA). We're just really excited about the quality of our wood tops
We've also improved the kiln operation. Since we are a direct
manufacture, we do cut the logs, sawn the timber, kiln the wood, and
produce the bar. We can guarantee the kiln process (unlike others).
We're slow, but at least we try and get things right.
The first bars being shipped with wet sinks look great. The brass
railing is very impressive too. It is a very nice heavy-duty set. This
is not your Rockler brass tubing that is thinner. Also, notice we work
the angles in brass....we don't use corner connectors.
Sooner or later. We've been saying this since 2003.
Yes, orders are finally being processed. We can take your orders now.
We are FINALLY moving on the options and other designs....but this
will still take some time.
I want to sincerely apologize for the delays in email responses and
confirming orders. We are trying to remedy this problem. All orders
can be placed by calling the 888 number or emailing.
I am at the factory and can be reached by 1-888-2998-782 (option 1)
toll-free. We are back in production and hope to introduce a few more
options. All people interested in a bar, can place their orders now.
It's best to email the particulars and then call with all questions
and deposit information.
I'm still a little pre-occupied with a few Indonesian government
problems and will not accept complicated bar orders. Once I have
finished with these jokers, I hope to spend more time on development.
I am back from the factory. I have had some trouble with the 1-888
number. Below the number is the direct store number, in case.
The base price is going from $2799 to $2998. This reflects all the
changes being made, the price increases, and the new shipping methods.
The marble and granite prices are also rising by $250-$400 per set.
Over the next 3-4 days, I will update as much information as possible.
Hopefully, by Feb 11, all the new info will be posted.
Shipment K is finally on the way. We are looking for a delivery on
December 27th (at our location). We hope to ship all bars out by the
30th. We will be contacting everyone before shipping.
We just received notice today that the last shipment for 2004 is being
detained in Washington State for a USDA exam. Apart from having to pay
for the exam, this will likely delay the container until after Xmas.
Raw Material Price Increases
When importing containers, the US Government charges the importer for
its exams. This is not US Tax Dollars. The exam and extra trucking
fees add roughly another $1000 to each container. This is in addition
to the 2004 price increase in shipping relating to the “pirate”
insurance in the waters around the South Pacific. This increased our
container cost about $800. In all, we have seen “real” shipping cost
rise about 20%.
In addition, staining and finishing cost have risen an amazing 75%
over the last 6 months (raw materials). As mentioned below,
marble/granite prices are up 20%-40%. Kauri wood is up 50%. Mahogany
is holding steady.
What does all this mean?
You don’t have to hold an economics degree to understand this cause
and effect. For 2005, the base price for our Kauri bar will be just
under $3000. The marble/granite top prices will also rise accordingly.
We can’t continue to absorb these price increases anymore. Granted, if
we were some of the furniture stores charging $5000 for our standard
wood top bar, we might be able to handle the price increases. Yet, at
under $3000, we have to watch our margins closely.
We really have some neat items to introduce in early 2005. Please
check back in early February, 2005.
Shipment J will hopefully start shipping and/or be available for
pick-up the week of 10/25. I just received word the container left
Long Beach today. Therefore, it was delayed about a week in CA.
We have a few wood top bars available on Shipment K. The old finish
bar pics will be posted soon. Any questions can be directed to the
store. We are hoping to have Shipment J bars available for pick-up the
week of the 22nd. Shipment K will be the last shipment for 2004. We
are using November and December for organizational purposes and
preparing for custom orders. Normal shipments will resume in January
I am making a quick trip back to the factory for 10 days. I will
return by the 12th – in time for the current shipment arriving. Any
phone calls or questions concerning the bars can still call the
store….and follow these procedures: when you are in the store phone
system and listening to the message, press 250 and this will forward
your call to me at the factory (like entering extension 250). Granted,
the connection is rather poor and this will not always work. There
will be a long delay as it tries to connect. There is a PM/AM switch.
I will answer calls up till noon (EST). If you press 0 and speak to
the store employees, you really won’t get anywhere….they’ll just keep
referring you to me. I will be answering emails…but expect a slight
The online Herald-Leader auction is a local newspaper event. You may
view the auction by
clicking here. I want to make this very clear…..we will not ship
this bar. This is an IN-STORE pick-up ONLY. If you win this bar, you
do not pay us….you follow the rules and payment instructions of the
We are working on a knock-down CANOPY. For all the people who can’t
get the canopy down in your basement, we have the solution. This is
still a CAD drawing, but doable. We are building the first prototype
now and will likely release this at the end of the year. The up-charge
for this option will likely be in the $250-$400 range.
We are also working on a brass railing to run along the bottom. The
difference in our brass system is it is ONE SINGLE piece (worked at
all angles). This is not comprised of various tubing and accessory
pieces. Brushed Stainless Steel will also be available. Again, this is
still not complete. We’ll introduce this at the end of the year too.
Shipment K will have WOOD TABLE TOPS. As a matter of fact, most will
ship with wood tops, unless a customer requests otherwise. We’ve not
changed the current inventory page to reflect this decision.
Shipment K also contains (2) experimental finishes. Both finishes are
rather distressed with scratches, holes, marks, and aged
characteristics. Granted, the current bars shipped have an aged
appearance, but not like this. I believe both finishes will have black
granite for the table top….because it looked the best with the stain
color. Both finishes are dark and will carry a premium up-charge of
$250. These finishes are quite unique and should be very
popular….because I was very impressed.
Bar prices are also going to rise between $75-$150 each within the
next month. Several raw product costs have risen 50-60% and this is
pushing our margins.
The first of the year we are shipping mahogany and an odd Asian walnut
wood in Shipment L.
The corner bar is temporarily on hold (expect for the four that
shipped). We’re going to redesign the aspect ratio and tweak a few
issues I don’t like.
You will be able to place orders after the first of the year.
I’m sorry for the slow responses. I was at the factory for the last
month and our email connection was the worst ever. Honestly, I just
stopped checking email and replying. I’ll post an update soon on the
new options shipping in 1-2 months. All current customers will be
receiving an email shortly relating to anything we have in queue for
you. The current shipment pictures will also be posted within a few
days. Again, sorry for the delays.
Shipment K will see the marble/granite prices rising by $150-$200 per
bar. We’ve had a 15%-25% increase in marble/granite costs over the
last 2-3 months. I’m leery of using other suppliers. I was hoping this
was going to be temporary, but it’s not looking that way.
I’m going to keep prices the same for Shipment J.
I have two SPECIAL CANOPY bars shipping. This is another good idea,
but it still needs some modifications to the size/aspect ratio.
We currently have three containers of North American wood shipping. In
late 2004, you will have the option of cherry, hard maple, oak, beech,
red maple, and some European & Russian woods. We are also expanding
our South East Asian wood line.
I am back in the states and I am available at the store to answer any
questions - (859) 255-4700.
I am at the factory at the moment. We’ve just purchased a new location
with over 25,000 sqft. This should help us logistically plan our
production strategy a bit better. Currently, we are a bit unorganized
and never meet schedule. This has been going on for the last 3 years.
I am afraid the new location issues will further delay the production
schedules before it actually gets better. We really do have some
amazing new stuff to introduce. I will say the new designs will not be
introduced until we release the new web site with all the new features
in the current bar design. There will be a lot of options available in
our current design soon.
I expect we will be fairly organized by the end of the year.
Currently, the old system we have developed is still the status quo.
To view our current inventory, click here.
At the top of the page is our current USA warehouse inventory. It is
simply labeled CURRENT INVENTORY. The current inventory is available
for immediate purchase and shipping (within 3-4 days). The other
sections below are shipping or to be shipped inventory. The
to-be-shipped bars are available for purchase with a $500 deposit. You
can only view pictures of the IN-STOCK bars or currently shipping
inventory. We only upload the pictures before they ship.
Here are a few statements to some recently asked questions. We do plan
on producing wood table top bars again (soon). No, currently, we still
are not taking custom orders. Yes, we will make slight changes. We do
not have anything over 96” in length. No, we do not have additional
pictures, other than what is provided from the site. No, we do not
have a brochure. No, we do not have stain color chips (yet).
Honestly, I’m a little more concerned about the production issues and
the quality control situation than worrying about marketing for the
moment. It is a slow process for us.
I have finally posted the marble/granite pictures. Yes, the
marble/granite system is now patent pending. We actually backed up the
concept with two patents. I am really excited about our design….and
now you get to see why. Marble/Granite slabs are not included in our
patent, of course.
The web site is coming along fine. It’s probably still another two
months from release. Honestly, there are a lot of things we need to do
at the factory before we release the design-a-bar feature.
Take a look at Bar #61….and tell me if that isn’t a gorgeous colored
We have reduced the remaining mahogany bars. We rarely discount
product. If you are interested in a mahogany version, this will be the
last of the mahogany versions for the next few shipments.
The first shipment arrives Friday (1/9/04). The first shipment in 2004
will contain a majority of mahogany versions. The pictures from the
factory are very disorganized, yet, this is the actual bar you would
receive. CURRENT INVENTORY
NEW WEB SITE
We are finally working on the design of a new dynamic web site. The
new site will provide a wealth of information, pictures, sketches, and
a design a bar feature.
MARBLE & PATENT PENDING
The marble/granite pictures will follow in a few days. The lawyer
wants all the papers filed for the non-provisional patent before they
are released. I am excited with our marble system design. If you have
ever seen this bar with a lame marble slab, you will truly realize the
beauty of our design.
The new stain colors are slightly different than before. Please base
your decisions on the pictures from the CURRENT INVENTORY
page…..because this is the actual bar you will receive.
I want to thank everyone for the emails. I also want to apologize for
the long delays.
I guess trying to do everything has taken forever to do anything. At
the beginning of the year, I had grand hopes to introduce a lot of new
changes and new designs. Along the way, things have either interfered
or problems persisted. I spent 2 months at the factory in May and
June. I got a bit hung-up when someone offered us a closeout on some
teak garden furniture (www.salvagebuildingmaterials.net).
This took a few weeks and drew attention away from our goals. We also
produce other items in the factory…although moving toward bar
production only. In June, I did see the completion of a new staining
method and new procedures to our small details. Granted, I have not
seen the fruits of our labors….only pictures.
Basically, here is where I am at:
I am tired of working on the stained glass. Nothing pleases me in the
color combinations and/or designs. I will work to fix this later. This
has been the biggest delay to the entire project. In hindsight, I made
a huge mistake waiting this long trying to fix this issue. I am taking
the stained glass out of the price.
I am shipping more marble and granite. There will probably be 4 colors
to choose from……2 black granites, 1 green marble, and 1 red/black
I am working the final months of the year to finish and ship the 50
bars produced. About 15-20 bars make a shipment. You will see the
shipments land in November through December. From our current shipping
inventory, we have (4) corner bars, (4) 96” bars, (4-5) front and back
bars only, and various sized regular English Bars.
The prices of the bars will drop. I am not posting the final prices
yet, but I expect many people will be pleased. Since I am shipping the
bulk of my inventory at once, I want to move it out quick. I will be
posting pictures of the 1st shipment when available. When the pictures
of the1st shipment are posted, you will see the actual inventory
available. You will be able to click and pick a bar. I will then take
deposits again. When the bars arrive, they will ship 1-2 weeks later.
This site will become alive with current pictures and details on the
next four shipments in October.
If you are not flexible on your timeframe, don’t plan on us. Honestly,
I haven’t met a deadline set yet.
We are still producing 7-10 bars per month. Some of the new inventory
is our future designs. This will be introduced in 2004.