The natural curve of a barrel oak stave and the circular, weathered metal hoops recovered from the barrel are a continuous challenge, as well as an inspiration, for the true artisan.
It takes true creativity, craftsmanship and mad inventiveness to produce original & contemporary items able to elevate the recycled to the high-end market's quality standards.
A whole barrel offers a quite unique opportunity of recycling every bit of material, from the solid white oak of which its staves and head are made, to the metal hoops that kept it together.
Working with this material is a continuous discovery; the curve of the staves dictates the rules, and one should not only work complying to those rules, but also daring to break them whenever the design allows it..
When an artisan works on a new design, what comes to life at the end of such labor is often a gratifying surprise that surpasses even his own vision and expectations.