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Here are some Candle Holders from authentic Napa Valley Wine Barrel Staves. They are for some colleagues who helped us move back into our house last month when we moved back to Napa. What was so nice about our friends helping—-is that THEY bought the pizza after unloading TWO trucks…I was so exhausted after getting up at 3am, driving the first truck for 8 hours from Southern California to Northern California (with little food because I did not want to stop)...then they helped unload my first truck…which was done before my father in law pulled up later in the second truck…which was full of my sailboatssssss, tools, and wood—-it was a super heavy load…
The candle holders each have 1-2 coats of mineral oil (which is nice to use because no smell!!). They are (moslikely) French Oak…I cant remember which winery they came from because I bought the barrels a few years ago and have slowly used the staves and barrel ends for other projects.
The cool thing about using wine staves is that they have the red wine stains from the wine making process…they constantly have to top off the barrels because there is loss of wine due to evaporation…two of the wine staves have a hole in between the middle candle spots—-this is the “bung” hole which is used to re-fill the barrels as they sit on their sides full of wine for 2-3 years (cabernet sauvignon that is). The inside of the staves are all red (underside in this case). I dont oil the underside so that the smell of cab remains.
Also these are only LIGHTLY sanded to preserve working stains of the wood. I tend to sand them a bit more because I really like the oak when it is sanded more…
-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007