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Project by Napaman posted 08-18-2013 01:06 AM 5529 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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patron

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#1 posted 08-18-2013 01:19 AM

welcome home !

i guess back to school for you now

then maybe some more boatbuilding

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Napaman

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#2 posted 08-18-2013 01:36 AM

Thank you david—-we are so glad to be home! ANd yes (especially following Mark’s boat blog) I am really anxious to get back to the boatssss.

With the move there have been LOTS of house projects…and now school has started…which is a huge part of my energy…but I have a couple of other house projects to finish and then I would really like to go aggressively to finish the pdr…I think when I am done with all the house projects I can finish up quick. LOL…nothing quick with me though!

Just glad to be back in the shop!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 08-18-2013 02:12 AM

Sweet project, Matt!

Glad you are back at home. I guess the boat building will begin in earnest, now!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Eric in central Florida

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#4 posted 08-18-2013 02:26 AM

I’m tired just thinking about your move brother. I did the same thing earlier in the year, but only one truck.

Those candle holders came out great !
I bet they were received warmly.

Hope life treats you a little easier for a while and you can get back to your boatsss !

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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#5 posted 08-18-2013 02:29 AM

Some great table decorations.

Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#6 posted 08-18-2013 03:52 AM

Napaman ; sell them at the general store, by the library. I didn’t know you left town. are you, not at vintage anymore?
well glad to hear your back in town, and in the shop making something useful.

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#7 posted 08-18-2013 07:55 AM

super idea

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#8 posted 08-18-2013 09:12 AM

I love the re-purposing of this wood and the fact that you don’t try to make changes to its shape and patina. It sounds like you have really nice colleagues and came up with a fitting gift for them. Well done Matt. (So, is “boats” spelled differently on the west coast?)

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#9 posted 08-18-2013 01:35 PM

Matt,

Great candle holders. I can see why you don’t sand to aggressively, the character of the barrel rings and staining really make these pieces.

It is good to hear that you can start settling in to your new home. I hope you have a calmer year this year.

Mark

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#10 posted 08-18-2013 04:00 PM

Congrats on a “Top 3”, Matt!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 08-18-2013 05:01 PM

Well done Matt. Need run over there and take you to lunch one of the weekends. Perhaps when my Son and I are on a rust hunt.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 08-19-2013 04:12 AM

Thanks Everyone! This is my first TOP THREE!!!

Lenny: boatssssss is because I got half way through one boat (the weekender build) and started the 2nd boat (the smaller PDR build)...and neither boat got worked on last year in Irvine…it was a sad year, lol.

Doordude—ya…we left a year ago to help take care of my mom. It was a tough year (I talked about it in my boat blogs). I am now back teaching at River Middle School—-which is where I started in Napa 15 years ago so I am happy. And after not working——I am really glad to be back at work!

Wayne—-that would be fun…that was a nice day when we all got together…

Matt

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Mark Shymanski

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#13 posted 08-19-2013 04:40 AM

Congrats on the top three Matt!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#14 posted 08-19-2013 05:32 PM

Hi Matt. Nice job!. I’ve been absent here for a long time & this notice popped up, so I had to reply. Hope all is well.
By the way, can you send your friends my way??? I’m planning a move from WI to SC as soon as my house sells. No more snow, no more cold, way lower property taxes. I’ll even buy the pizza & beer if they help me with the move. -T

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#15 posted 08-19-2013 09:20 PM

Fun project. Bet you are glad to be home…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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