When its hooch-holding days are done, a barrel's prospects are pretty grim -- going over waterfalls, being filled with fish and shot at, and housing super fun monkeys, which actually aren't fun unless someone pokes you full of holes. Giving post-booze barrels another path, Barrely Made It's furniture.
Helmed by a Sweden-born San Diegan, Barrely's home goods're worked chiefly from oak barrels that formerly housed French wine (plus a few SoCal-sourced bourbon barrels), and finished with 99% recycled materials, from original metallic straps to old screws (because why waste new material on a sure thing?). Each piece is constructed from a single barrel via a four-day process that starts with cleaning & breaking them apart with special care (to maintain the wood's curvature and faint odor of its former contents); the slats are then dried, sanded, routed, cut, and reformed to suit their new purpose, which is commendable, as being filled with booze rarely leads to lasting change. Creations include an Adirondack-style chair with a single hole in the back, curved arm rests, and an accompanying planked ottoman that appears as if it flows directly from the seat; a circular end table with a barrel top for a surface; and a simple Asian-inspired bench with upwardly-curving support beams and downwardly-curving seat (even barrels know the ravages of time).
They're also expanding their repertoire to include smaller items including sushi trays, chess sets, and Pagoda-esque wine racks, accommodating both its former inhabitants, so long as they're grape apes. And not dead.