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  • Writer's pictureJess Williams

"It matters not if the wine glass is half empty or half full, clearly there’s room for more!"

Hi friends! Today I want to talk about my dad. If you know anything about Clint, it’s that he loves projects. The man only sits still long enough to browse Facebook Marketplace to find a new thing to fix or renovate or refurbish. So it wasn’t much of a surprise when I told him we needed a bar for the pavilion that he was ready to jump in. He knew exactly where to start too.

For instance, take the top of the bar. This live edge slab was cut from a Red Oak tree right on our property. We estimate the tree was at least 150 years old. Honestly it was a bit heartbreaking to cut it down. Unfortunately, it was right where we put our garage and it was also starting to get sick at the top. The tree doctor estimated it would come down in a storm in 10 or so years. Check out a few pictures of when we cut it down!

I think sometimes it's easy to take for granted all of the amazing things this land has provided for us to make the venue possible. God truly has gifted us with His creation.

Clint was insistent that we have our friend with the saw mill make slabs of wood out of the fallen tree. Did he know what he'd do with them? No. Did that stop him? It never does. Folks, this man does not part with things easily- be that tools, wood, or antiques, he likes being prepared for future projects. I'm not even exaggerating when I say the only thing he bought for this project that he didn't already have was the casters to move it around.

The front of the bar is actually a recycled barn door. We had a matching set- it's possible we'll make a matching bar in the future but for now it will stay in the barn.

We love the weathered look of the wood- that's not something you can buy at Hobby Lobby.

These photos were taken on the pavilion- the perfect spot for cocktail hour. Check out some other photos of the bar- we tried to make it as versatile as possible- the ledge under the top is low enough so wine glasses can comfortably be placed and the bottom is big enough for a keg or a cooler.

The project in total took about 8 hours- the most time consuming part was sanding the top to be butter soft- my dad didn't want anyone getting a splinter! Next time, I'll be sure to take pictures of the DIY in progress.

Check out our instagram @avonleafarms for more behind the scenes content on the projects at the farm!

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