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Wine and Whiskey Barrel Chairs are a great hit in San Diego

Wine barrel chairs with the back fanning in.Wine Barrel Chair with the back fanning out.

The wine and whiskey barrel chairs are a great hit! I cant believe how well they are selling and I cant wait to make more. Making these chairs has been a lot fun but sometimes they can also be  a little tricky. I feel like every time I make one, I learn something new. There is so much to take in consideration, like not one barrel is same as the other, each stave can be different in shape, size and color. That is why before assembly I really have to go through and pick out the right pieces for the right spot. Buying the barrels for some can be difficult at times too, but luckily here in beautiful San Diego we have plenty of wineries near by to keep us craftsman busy. To my surprise most local lumber yards keep a few in their inventory at all time, saving me quit a bit of time and money on traveling. The barrels I picked out for these chairs were used for red wine which explains the woods amazing deep purple and burgundy patina.

I wish I could have taken some better pictures but as soon as they were done, they were sold and out the door!

I already have a few new orders and I am planing on doing an instructional video on how I build these very comfortable and durable chairs.

So be sure to come back and visit us soon!!!


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San Diego Union Tribune

UT San Diego Feature on Hungarian Workshop

UT San Diego Feature on Hungarian WorkshopTwo weeks ago I had a photographer ask me if it would be alright for him to shoot a couple photos while I was working, I of course agreed not knowing or thinking twice where this would lead me. I was so caught up in finishing my  project that I didn’t even pay much attention to him.

He followed me around the shop, taking pictures while I was using all sorts of different tools. After about 20 minutes of me feeling like a celebrity with all the pictures being taken, he walked up and asked me to spell my name for him and describe what I was working on. It was right around this point when it finally hit me, “wait a sec, this guy is from the San Diego Tribune and he is asking questions from me?!” After a brief  conversation he left and I got back to business with my new whiskey barrel chair.

Hungarian Workshop is In the papers!!!

That Sunday I received a call from my friend Pete, he was asking me if I have seen the paper because I have apparently got the cover with not only one but with two photos. I could’t believe what I was hearing, so I ran out to the nearest market to pick up a few copies. Seeing my name and those pictures has definitely boosted my morale and now I am even more eager to strive forward with my business and become successful.

To see the finished whiskey barrel chair please visit the new product section of the website or look at my previous blog posts.

Thank you and I hope you come back and visit us soon.

-Balazs Moldovan


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Whiskey Barrel Furniture?

Last week I had an opportunity to work with some used wine barrel staves which was a blast mainly because it was hard wood (white oak) that I never worked with and also because it was very different approach to furniture design. This was the first one I made. Will there be more?Usually I draw up a plan and start with brand new material that I can cut in anyway, but not this time. It was like having all the puzzle pieces but I had to create a whole new picture. Before I got started I figured it would be a piece of cake, I mean how hard is it to make a chair since all the pieces are already there, ha ha. Boy, I was wrong. I totally forgot to put in consideration that not all pieces are alike in any shape, size or color. It took a little time to sort through and find all the right pieces for the project, but once I did, I was ready to begin. Wine barrel staves chair in the front yard of a house that is over 150 years old.First I started with legs and because the design was pretty similar to my Adirondack chairs, I didn’t have a lot of trouble with the measurements.  Once I got the frame standing all the other pieces just started falling into place. The Kreg jig also gave me a helping hand, like always I don’t have any plugs or visible hardware. After a few hours and a little tinkering my first chair was done. I had multiple people all sizes test out my new creation and I received 100% positive feed back. Not one person disliked a single thing about the chair. This has definitely opened a new door for me and I am ready to create more pieces using this great material.

My First Wine Barrel Staves Chair by the blacksmith's shop

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10 More for Stone Brewery



This is the best spot in the beer garden where you can relax and drink a cold one.                                     Stone Brewery Escondido, CA     Photo: Austen MoltenWell, it looks likes Stone really liked my first 2 chairs because I just dropped off 10 more for their beer garden! Summer is definitely off to a great start for the Hungarian Workshop. It was prefect timing because the day of our delivery had happened to be their first movie night for the summer. The whole place was packed full of people having a good time enjoying their delicious food and great beer. My friends and I started bringing in the furniture before the movie even got started and to my surprise as soon as the chairs legs touched the grass, they were immediately taken over my Stone’s customers! This is definitely one of my favorite chair.             Photo: Austen MoltenThat made all my hard work feel totally worth it and it just felt great to see everyone relaxing in my chairs. We even had a chance to go around and have a little photo shoot and everyone was delighted to pose for a few pictures. Before we left, Frank Busic gave me a big barrel of used wine/whisky barrel staves to see what the Hungarian Workshop can create so be sure to visit us next week to see our new line of barrel furniture! As always, have a wonderful day and I hope to see you back here at the Hungarian Workshop.Here are some satisfied customers.  Photo: Austen Molten


Thank you,

Balazs Moldovan

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The New Chair 2012

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So for the past few months I’ve been thinking of ways to upgrade my chairs and conceal all the screws like I talked about in my previous blog. Last week I finally finished all my orders and had a few days to try out a couple new ideas. The first thing I wanted to do is make the chair even for comfortable than before. Whiskey Barrel Chair - Closed TopFirst what I did was, I raised the front end up an inch. I know it dosen’t sound much but it made a world of difference. By lifting the front end, it put the back slats at more of a slant which let you to recline further back into the chair. I then wanted to make the chairs feel a little more like they are wrapping around the person, and allowing them to just sink deep into it. That is why I cut the back support’s curves an additional 1/2 inch back creating more of a radius for better support and comfort. Now that the chair is even more relaxing I wanted to make it a little more stylish. All the edges are now rounded off with a 3/8″ router bit instead of the 1/4″, making the chair’s appearance more elegant. The legs are cut at an angle which creates a little bit of a modern and sleek look. Finally I did what I wanted to do the most: I got rid of all Continue reading The New Chair 2012

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Shipping can be a make the deal or break the deal for some people. No one wants to spend over the half cost on shipping for anything. For example  if you were to buy something for $100 the last thing you want is shipping to cost over $50. If you were to see a charge like that the first thing you’ll do is try to find a local dealer and pick it up your self.  Therefore I came up with an easy solution Continue reading Shipping

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Stone Brewery Deal

Im proud to say that these 2 chairs are sitting in the beer garden at the Stone Brewing Company in Escondido CA.Hi everyone and welcome back!

I am happy to report  that I have sold 2 chairs to one of my favorite beer brewing companies. It all started in the beginning of April when I received a message via Etsy from Frank Busic the general manager at Stone. I must have read that email a dozen times thinking it was too good to be true. I couldn’t believe what a perfect timing this was, right when I’m about to launch my site I get a huge company interested in my product. I emailed Frank back right away and invited him to check out some of my work in person. He came over on Easter Sunday Continue reading Stone Brewery Deal

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Hidden hardware?

Well, here I am again with another dilemma. I have been reading and looking at some new ways to upgrade my Adirondack patio sets because recently I have had some customers concerned about exposed screw heads. Like the ones that secure the seat slats, back rest and the ones that hold the arms together. Couple people were worried if the screws can rust but that was an easy reassurance because Continue reading Hidden hardware?