Most people associate an oak barrel with wine making. Oak
barrels are used in the wine making process to give the wine an
added flavour of oak. Eventually the oak flavour diminishes and
after five to six years, these barrels are discarded. Some people
use them for garden planters or water
barrels. We purchase
these discarded barrels from the wineries and recycle them
turning the barrels into beautiful furniture and accessories for
people to enjoy.
The wine barrel is first pressure washed and set to dry.
dry, the barrel is carefully taken apart and the staves
are sorted. Each stave is slightly different in
shape and great care must be taken in the selection of staves
and bilge hoops (metal rings) for the making
of a particular
piece of furniture. The staves are then shaped, assembled and
sanded, after which two coats of a polyurethane clear finish is
preserve and protect the wood. This finish gives the
furniture richness and
depth, while protecting it from knocks,
scrapes, and the harshness of weather.