Located near Astoria, Oregon, the “Backyard Saloon” originated when Joal needed to rebuild a dilapidated woodshed in his yard. A little weekend project turned into an elaborate, multi-year, 11 X 30 foot structure that also serves as a woodshed, garden shed, storage, workshop, and chicken coop. But mostly a saloon.
Here’s Joal relaxing in his creation with some fruit punch:
The unique thing about this backyard saloon is that it is made from all recycled wood, and ONLY from materials that existed in the late 1800s – “no plywood, particle or chip board, no sheetrock, no plastics, nothing high-tech”, says Joal.
So where did he find such old building material?
He got most of the interior wood paneling – including the bar itself – from disassembled loading dock pallets. Much of the exterior was built from “creosote-soaked river-wharf timber”.
The aged, roughed-up materials really do give the saloon that authentic old western feel.
The backyard saloon in winter:
I only got into raising chickens because my neighbor’s 30 chicken coop was massacred by a mink and the three or four survivors decided to move into my garage as a safe haven. I fell in love with them and have been a chicken (and duck) enthusiast ever since.– Joal Morris