Sneak peak on a special order – Part 5
As you may recall, the product that we started with was almost unrepairable. One end of the old wine barrel had been sitting in dirt for a time and that included mud at some junctures, which in-turn started rotting the wood on the end of the staves. The owner was willing to go along with whatever was needed so we went to work.
We decided early on that the one bad head or cap would have to be the bottom of the barrel and we would add an extra layer of wood to beef up the barrel. We struggled a bit getting the old stain off because it’s a bit sticky and gooey when being sanded. Another issue with the sanding was the uneven surface caused in part by the staves being rotten, which didn’t allow each stave to have equal strength or hold together very well.
By the way, when we say ‘we’ we’re mostly talking about Ron who did a vast majority of the work on this project barrel.
We overcame the extra work and now the staining and sealing we’re next. Of course prepping is in order first and as we stated, one of the more tedious jobs to do. The owner of the barrel asked for a darker look which we’ve done before and call leather. Then it was onto the hoops, which would be painted burgundy. Everything went well until we decided there was too much pitting and redid one band.
That led us to now, where we cleaned up the barrel by giving the bands a quick buffing. We looked over the barrel and touched up anything we thought wasn’t right but the owner thought it looked great so we were done. We should add, the weather was cold and wet at the end of this project making conditions, well, let’s just say a bit of a pain.
Although this was someone else’s cask that we worked on along with being a barrel we wouldn’t normally recraft – hopefully this little five part story offers some insight into what we do to each product we work on and the lengths we will go to make it right.
In the future, Paso Wine Barrels will offer other stories of our work and business as we move along. If you ever have any questions about wine barrels whether they’re ours or not, ask us and we will try to tender an answer.
As they say in wine country, ‘Saluti’ – or as we say Salootie Patootie!
Ron and Daryle Hier
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