Posts Tagged ‘Bali’

Practicing Compassionate Capitalism

January 26, 2011

This is old news, but I thought I would put it up on my Blog anyway.  When the Dalai Lama spoke in Hailey, ID, in 2005, I took over a truck and trailer load of Buddhas from our warehouse in Boise and set up on the side of the highway to sell them. It was a great experience! This is the week I coined the phrase, “compassionate capitalism.” My truck and trailer sales area was ‘the’ gathering place for all media and everyone visiting from out of town because, when the Dalai Lama wasn’t speaking, he was behind closed doors in private meetings and there was nothing else to do. Below are links to the AP and Tibetan News articles. I was also interviewed by TV and radio and made it on to the infamous, “Bob and Tom” show saying I was “practicing compassionate capitalism.”

Dalai Lama attracts a diverse crowd to mountain resort – www.phayul.com.

Here is a link to an Associated Press (AP) article at NWKansas.com saying telling the same story. The Sun Valley area had RECORD hotel bookings. In fact, hotels were full in Idaho Falls (115 miles away), Pocatello (104 miles away), Twin Falls (58 miles away) and some people came every day from Boise (96 miles away) to see the Dalai Lama. Or, was it to buy hand carved stone Buddhas from me? Hmmmm……

Here’s another link to the Canada Tibet committee.

Here’s another link to the website of the International Cultic Studies with the headline, “It Was A Buddhist Woodstock.” Interestingly, this headline really sums up the weekend.

And, last but not least, this was the shortened version of the AP article most newspapers printed. I ran into an aquiantance in Indonesia 3 years after this event who read the AP article in his newspaper in Honolulu. My, how news spreads…….

Making A 3,000lb Onyx Vanity / Sink & Suspending It From A Ceiling

January 4, 2011

In the spring of 2010, the owners of Barbacoa Restaurant in Boise, Idaho, came to Impact Imports to help them decorate their new restaurant with unique pieces. One of the most unique pieces is the men’s room vanity / sink. It is made from a single piece of onyx stone and has 2 sinks and a tissue holder hand cut into the surface. The goal was to install this sink suspended from the ceiling on heavy anchor chains. As you can see from the pictures, this feat was accomplished. Here is how we did it:

On a trip to Indonesia in April of 2010, I began to hunt down and find all the pieces requested by Barbacoa. The most difficult piece was the men’s room vanity / sink combination. However, we knew the perfect supplier to make this piece. So it was only a matter of getting there, finding the stone and then begin the sometimes-difficult task of explaining how we wanted it. The travel time involved to get to this supplier in East Java, Indonesia, was approximately 36 combined hours from Boise. But, it was well worth the trip.

Upon arrival, I hooked up with a friend and began the search for the perfect piece. It had to be no more than 6 feet long and the depth would eventually be cut to 24-28 inches. The first picture in the series below shows the piece I found as it sits upside down on a pile of onyx stones. My friend is negotiating the price with the owner of the stone, and she was a tough one to bargain with! I chose this piece because it was exactly 6 ft long, and the angle on the bottom of the piece made it ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Compliant, saving a tremendous amount of manufacturing time. After about 3 hours, the stone was delivered to the supplier for cutting.

The supplier has these huge wet saws that cut through this material like butter! Most of the main cuts were simply "eyeballed," as I was kind of creating this piece on the fly. I think we pushed this through the big blades about 6 or 7 times to fine tune everything. Next came the layout of the sinks, the tissue box, the cavities behind the sink to hide the plumbing, the holes for the drains and, most difficult of all, the holes for hanging the sink from the ceiling. To find the center of balance (so the sink would hang relatively flat before we tied it to the wall with bolts) I had the supplier turn the sink upside down and balance it on pieces of bamboo! Highly scientific approach!

The end result is one of the coolest vanity / sink combinations you will ever see! We hope you enjoy it! Thanks, Barbacoa! Searching, cutting, hand crafting & installing the coolest vanity / sink combo ever!  
 
 
 
 
 

An Indonesian Joglo House

July 9, 2009

One of the most beautiful and unique Indonesian style of house is called a Joglo. The Joglo was built primarily in the central area of the island of Java, but these houses have been built on almost every populated island of the 16,000+ island of the archipelago. Today, we find Joglo houses used as gazebos, meditation pavilions, etc., in some of the most beautiful hotels and villas in Jakarta, Bali, Singapore and other popular places throughout Asia.

I first found saw this Joglo (pictured below) in January 2006 in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, and its condition was really poor. However, the man I bought it from took great care in restoring it and when I saw it again in September of 2006, I bought it. I was excited because the price was good and I had wanted to buy one for several years. All of the teak was hand-sanded and re-oiled, and the roof framing was completely re-done. The terracotta roof tiles are all hand made and original. I was told this building is approximately 100 years old. As of the publication date of this blog posting, it is standing in the Impact Imports warehouse, fully assembled. It is FOR SALE and you can contact me if you have any questions. You can see more of this Joglo and other types of Indonesian houses on our web site: ImpactImportsUSA.com

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Impact Imports of Boise, Idaho USA

July 2, 2009

I own a business, along with my wife, Suzanne, called IMPACT IMPORTS USA, Inc. We started this business in 2001 and we import a mix of product from Indonesia only. These unique products include reclaimed teak furniture (old growth teak!), architectural elements (old beams from ships & houses, pillars, old doors, old windows) traditional houses / structures (Joglo & Gladak Houses), hand carved fountains and garden stone (limestone, lava stone & ‘Lombok’ stone), handmade onyx & marble vessel sinks & bathtubs, marble & onyx mosaic tile, home accessories and fabulous handmade silver jewelry made in Bali (many of them Suzanne’s designs). Impact Imports has a 10,000 square foot warehouse located in Boise Idaho and we are open by appointment, or Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 5pm. Visit our website here: impactimportsusa.com

Part of the 10,000 square foot Impact Imports warehouse in Boise, Idaho. Come Explore!

Part of the 10,000 square foot Impact Imports warehouse in Boise, Idaho. Come Explore!

My First Blog Post

June 28, 2009

This is my first blog post. I am almost certain around 99% of new bloggers post a similar statement when they execute their first blog post, so I know its not a profound or necessarily clever statement…..  Just bear with me.

I started traveling to Asia in 1986 when I was sent to Japan on a business trip to install the first pellet burning stoves in Japan. I spent 3 weeks there and was overwhelmed with the sights, sounds, smells and activity of Tokyo and the surrounding areas. Since then, I have traveled many times to Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Indonesia and have enjoyed every trip.  I have built houses and commercial buildings in Japan, China and Taiwan, and I have met the President of the largest Communist country in the world and the first democratically elected President of Taiwan, both extraordinary events to me. But currently just import great product from Indonesia and get to travel to / from Indonesia 2 to 3 times per year!

This Blog is going to highlight some of my trip experiences, landscape or architecture photos I have taken, houses and buildings I have built and unique products Impact Imports currently brings in to the USA from Indonesia.  I hope you find this blog interesting and informative.  My business homepage is:  impactimportsusa.com.  Please visit us some time.