Posts Tagged ‘garden’

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!  
 
 
 
 
 

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Reclaimed Teak Tree Trunk Furniture

November 24, 2010

Several years ago, we came across a supplier in East Java Island in Indonesia who had a huge warehouse full of reclaimed, old growth teak tree trunk furniture. This furniture is organic and rustic and modern, all at the same time.

This Furniture can be used indoor or out in any weather. Old growth teak performs really good in North America because it contains a lot of oil. Therefore, it is very stable and won’t crack much, if at all. If the furniture is used outdoors, the UV rays from the sun will ‘bleach’ the wood, turning it a nice, driftwood silver color. Each piece is unique and interesting in its own way.

By the way, this supplier pulls these old growth teak tree trunks out of the ground, reclaims the ground and replants the area using the same teak tree species, creating a new, slow growth teak forest. Beautiful business model….

Here are a few pictures of some teak tree trunk chairs.

                      Reclaimed Teak Tree Trunk Chairs  

 

 

 

 

 

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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.