At Maho, they look for ways to use the glass bottles that come from their restaurant. Recycling on an island is both difficult and costly, so Maho has found ways to reuse their own glass. The counter tops are just the latest product. The primary use has been in the glass-blowing program. In addition to the recycled bottles that will go into the counter top, Dan is able to use pretty glass cast-offs from the artists in the glass-blowing studio: shapes, canes and other pretty things.
Here is Ginger, from the Art Gallery, arranging the glass pieces that will become the design in her gallery's counter top. The blue mold edges are foam and the bottom of the mold is stainless, with lots of wax on top to allow the cement to release when its done.
Dan measures out the glass.
Fishstone supply. He uses loose fiberglass fibers and a fiberglass netting to lay in to the mix that offers stability for the final product without excess weight and thickness. There are pounds and pounds of crushed bottles in each piece.
When it's dry and complete, it is amazingly thin and light.
The grinding and buffing exposes all those beautiful glass shapes and colors.
The counter was installed at the Gallery the week after we were there. The folks at Maho blogged about it here. Please surf around their website to see the other ways that they reuse, recycle and upcycle their waste. See a beautiful sink that Dan made of cement and glass here.
Looking at these other table tops has my mind reeling about the bottles and glass that I might work into my counter tops at home. For now... I'll focus on the sand between my toes and the warmth of Maho. My last note has got to be a note of thanks to my pal Julie back in Maine who, with her husband Cam, made and installed their own cement counter tops with stones and glass and even trilobites, and got me dreaming about this whole mess. Here is a shot of Julie's kitchen. You should see her bathrooms! Drooool.
Please comment, friends. Anyone out there made their own? Care to share your experience?