Our idea for Barrel-Art was originally born out of necessarity. My wife and I lost everything in a fire during our move to Europe four years ago. We needed furniture immediately so I took up woodworking to build the critical pieces. I found I really enjoyed the art of woodworking and decided to design a piece of my own. During our travels to the European wineries, I was inspired to make a bar out of a barrel. My wife loved the concept so we searched the area wineries for the perfect barrel and came across a beautiful French Oak barrel from Bordeaux. My efforts with the barrel generated a great deal of interest and, once completed, resulted in an overwhelming number of requests for additional bars and other items. From this first bar barrel and its wild popularity, the idea for Barrel-Art was born.