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Makers and Artisans
This February, Carhartt is celebrating the makers and artisans whose work is a credit to the American
spirit of innovation
and making things with your hands.
Mr. Fix It
We asked our friend Aaron Massey, aka,
Mr. Fix-It, if
he could build something out of an old wine barrel. A seasoned craftsman and DIY master,
Aaron was happy to take on the challenge. But before you look at the finished product, take a look at
journey the wood took, all the way from France.
Wine Barrel History
Before this wine barrel became a table, it was an oak tree, harvested in 2009, aged for two years, then
crafted into a barrel
in 2012 by a master cooper in Burgundy, France.
Once purchased by the Carhartt Vineyard in Santa Ynez, California, vineyard employee Augustine
disassembled the barrel. He
then put it back together—the wine was fermented without the head, taken out, the barrel cleaned, then
with the head.
After this process, the wine is pressed, and finished wine goes back in the barrel to age for around 18
When the finished wine is removed for bottling, the barrel is cleaned of solids and sits empty until the
a barrel’s oak flavor lasts for about three years.
When the barrel is considered neutral, or done yielding any oak flavor, several things might happen. It
could be sold to
other wine makers, beer makers, whiskey makers, or even local furniture makers. This one just happened
make its way into the hands of Mr. Fix-it.
Aaron Massey, from the YouTube channel
Mr. Fix It,
shows you step-by-step how to build a coffee table out of a wine barrel. He picked up the
wine barrel from our friends at the
Carhartt Vineyard in Los Olivos, CA.