OK, so the Spar Shop wasn't actually ON the set of 'Water for Elephants,' but we did help out by turning poles for the big top circus tent and animal menagerie tent that appears in the movie.
The Spar Shop turned out 122 Douglass-fir poles ranging from four inches to 12 inches in diameter and up to 52 feet in length in just under 28 days. We achieved the “distressed” look specified in the contract by using dull cutting tools. The Spar Shop also worked with Precision Pipe Fabricators in Aberdeen to manufacturer some of the hardware required by the production. The work was completed in April 2010.
Top photo: Steve Carr and Matt Bale install the ironwork on top of a "king pole," the center pole of the big top tent. Middle photo: Matt Bale trims the top off the king pole. Bottom photo: The poles loaded on a trailer for shipment to the producers.
Our poles also appeared on the cover of the current issue of Vogue magazine and in a video about the photo shoot for the cover. It's about as close as we'll ever get to Reese Witherspoon!