A fresh oyster may surprise you with a pearl, but it’s no surprise that this gem of a medallion in an oyster bar floor came from the visionaries at Huntingdon Valley, Pa.-based Czar Floors. The company, known for crafting intricate medallions for high-end wood floors around the globe, set out to bring a map of a lake and oyster farm into the second floor of this South Kingstown, R.I., oyster bar. “They provided us with a general idea, and we developed the map,” Czar’s Edward Tsvilik says. The 16-foot medallion was made with white oak, maple and merbau. “We actually replicated the elevation around the lake with the specific boards and grain direction,” Tsvilik says. They cut small “wave”-shaped boards and used different shades of maple to depict the body of water and show oyster locations on the map. Czar created the medallion in several large 5/16-inch-thick segments on a pre-cut plywood backer to match the bar’s surrounding ¾-inch floors. The amount of time and detail that went into developing the medallion are representative of Czar’s own map to success. “It took a dozen iterations of the design work to get this right and to the customer’s satisfaction,” Tsvilik says.
Adhesive: Bostik | Big machine: Lägler | Router, Saws: Festool | Wood flooring: Czar Floors