I am planning to cut the wall between my kitchen and dining room in half and create a breakfast bar. I feel comfortable with removing the wall and adding the counter. I would like the finish work to look professional and I plan to finish the opening with 1 x 6 finish wood and stain or paint.
I would like to create a barrel effect at the top and I'm not sure how to go about this. Is there a form available I can purchase or should I try to bend wood. 1 x 6 is too thick to bend, so how would I match the wood on the sides? Can I notch the back of a 1 x 6 to make it bendable?
I really could use some tips to educate myself in how this is done.

Thanks,
Sam