Oak barrels were
as far back as 2,000
wine as they moved
across the land
expanding their empire.
The Romans found an
abundance of oak trees
the wood was
and easier to
form into the traditional barrel shape. Because of
this, they were faster to make and made for waterproof storage.
There are over 130 vineyards in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. After 6-7 years the barrels used for making wine are discarded for new ones.
We decided to take a couple of barrels to see what we could create. We made a bench, stool, table, and an Adirondack chair. It all looked great, so we decided to make some accessories.
One Saturday we attended a tourist town market. We went with a truck-load and came home almost empty! People
loved our furniture and gave us many compliments on the high quality of our
finished products. We were thrilled!
Word of mouth travels fast and we are now busier than ever creating furniture and accessories from used wine barrels.
Each barrel we use is one less barrel going to waste....and that's our story.