By Pasclina Comte. Barrel Chair. Published at Friday, December 22nd, 2017 - 13:59:35 PM.
The wood selected to create the barrels are often French Oak, Hungarian Oak and American Oak. The wine makers take into account not only the trees growing conditions, but the shape of the tree. Winemakers also consider the tightness of the grain of wood to ensure that the barrel provides the best conditions to cultivate the wine. The selection process to create the wood barrels helps guarantee the quality of wood used to build the furniture.
After many years in the antiques trade, I learned how to do my own reupholstery reasonably well, but sadly when it came to barrel chairs, I would usually pass on them when I saw them for sale, and I would always refuse to recover them for clients - they are just too difficult even for a reasonably experienced upholsterer. Straight back and sides I could manage, but many of the older chairs had tufted or ribbed backs, which involves an incredible amount of work, and if the fabric is patterned, they can look like a dog's dinner when you've finished.
Often, this old furniture is haggard, the barrel chair slipcover torn. The furnished things are now covered with superannuated fabrics. The wood finish also does not remain so commendable in order to for them to work well at home. One needs to amend the old with the new look. To refurnish an antique quality chair is worth the amount spent on it.
The average wine barrel effectively ages wine for about 5 years. By then, the wine barrel has imparted its flavorings of oak and is no longer aging and enhancing the wine's bouquet or flavor.
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