The winemakers of the Western Cape region of South Africa import beautifully hand crafted barrels from the famous ' Tonnelleries ' (coopers) of France. Made from 100 year old oak timber... each one is an original with its own unique oak flavour and character. Every barrel is used to mature several different wines, usually finishing off with a red wine... but they only have a limited lifespan in the winery and after a number of years have to be replaced with new.
We then purchase the old barrels directly from the wine estates and bring them to our workshops where we recycle and transform them into our beautiful products .... extending their lives for ever!
We take great pride in the exceptionally high standard and quality of our merchandise, still managing to retain the authenticity and history of where this beautiful old timber came from.... with the richness of the red wine still clearly visible throughout the grain of the French oak.
All of our unique products are hand crafted
Our Candlelight Staves are sanded back to the original wood (which shows the wonderful wood grain) then treated with a clear polywax finish. Each item is unique as no one barrel stave is the same. The underside shows the red wine previously held in the barrels. There is a beautiful arch to each stave that adds to the uniqueness!
Length: 900mm Approx - Width 6 to 11 cms
Candlelight Stave (5 Light) - £21.50 + £3.50 Postage and Packing
We have decided to expand our range to take in recycled items, all made by hand by people we know, from other materials than barrel oak. The first of which is the 'Robin' made by Arnold Tigere of Zimbabwe
Arnold Tigere - The Bird Man - Recycled Scrapped Cars
Britain's National Bird
'I was born in 1975 in a small country township in Zimbabwe.
As a child I used to herd cattle and discovered a talent for moulding figures of animals in clay: I was the best. As I grew up I was taught to carve in stone and sculpt in metal. I was inspired by Raphael Mavhudzi, a Zimbabwean stone sculptor who encouraged me to pursue my art as a career. My metal birds are made from body panels retrieved from scrapped cars.'
For online orders for our wood products
Heal's - Tottenham Court Road, London
Heal's stock our Curved Platters, Round Platters with Rope Handles, Small Round Platters, Baguette Boards and Oval Platters (Please note that the Small Round Platter does not have rope handles)
Verity Pride & Associates Ltd - VAT No. 848 832485 - Registered in England - Company No 05293206 - T/A The Old Wine Barrel Company