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 four to six years, these barrels are discarded. We purchase these discarded barrels from the wineries and upcycle them by turning the barrels into beautiful furniture and accessories for people to enjoy.
The wine barrel is first pressure washed and set to dry. Once dry, the barrel is carefully taken apart and the staves (wooden slates) are sorted. Each barrel 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 applied to preserve and protect the wood. This finish gives the furniture richness and depth, while protecting it from knocks, scrapes, and the harshness of weather. Various other finishes may be used depending on the type of furniture whether it is for indoor or outdoor use, and is dependent upon the client's preference of finish.
We take great pride in ensuring that our products are of
high quality and standards. And the best part of all,
while the barrels are upcycled into beautiful furniture,
they retain a hint of their original purpose in the
beautiful wine colour and unique shape of the oak