100y/o Redwood Wine-Barrel Bowl


I picked up an old board from a local salvage yard. It was charred black on one side (preserved a bit on the rim) and the lady gave me a good deal on it. I sat under my bench for almost a year before I decided to tackle it.

When I cut into the blank, it smelled strongly of wine. After looking at the growth rings I knew what it was. The vineyards here in wine country used local redwood in the construction of their larger capacity wine barrels. The vineyards have been moving to Stainless Steel tanks for years, and as such I guess this blank is about 100 years old depending on the vineyard it came from.

I left it intentionally large at the base to preserve as much of the wine soaked side as possible (the dark line) and even through the danish oil it has a strong smell of wine. SOLD

That dark line is where the wine stained the wood. Still smells strongly of wine after turning and finishing the bowl.

The rim still has some of the charred marks from the inside of the wine barrel. There are also parts that look like old nail holes.

Used a donut chuck to finish the bottom off.