'I think a man working outdoors feels more like a man if he can have a bottle of suds. That's only my opinion.' -Shawshank Redemption (1994)
We sat under the structure for hours drinking craft beers and discussing the days events. After 14 hours of toil in the blazing sun we had created a 22' x 18' x 10' pergola at our beloved watering hole, Perry Street Brewery (PSB), and phase two was finally complete.
The first phase of the PSB project included the design and build out of the bar, bar top, backbar, lighting, and signage. The second phase was the exterior pergola.
Using reclaimed steel has always been our practice, not only for look, but also for sustainability and to create value for our clients.
On Monday, June 22, 2015, Ryan Ricard and I raised 2200 pounds of structural steel from stacks in the shop into a pergola so that patrons of PSB can now enjoy a tasty craft beer in the comfort of the shade.
As I reflect upon this project I am consumed by the fact that so much pleasure is gleaned by being artistically creative; being a craftsman. As a bonus I get to work with one of my best friends which transforms work into play, and play into satisfaction.
After the last 22' beam was placed upon the uprights and welded into position, Ryan and I immediately realized that we had once again created something special and in doing so had created value for our client and a shady place for us, our friends, and PSB patrons to drink a delicious craft beverage.
See you all under the biggest pergola in Spokane County for a beer and a game of connect four. And thanks to Perry Street Brewery for continuing to keep it real with great beers, creative events, and a dynamite staff!