“The Hungarian Workshops handcrafts furniture from reclaimed Wine and Whiskey Barrels. The big seller are their barrel chairs built for lounging with your favorite drink.”
Yes, our Lounge barrel chairs made from Wine and Bourbon Whiskey barrels are our number one selling items. Since 2012 we have handcrafted over 639 of these style chairs and have shipped all over the world. A large quantity can be found is San Diego’s number one craft brewery, Stone. The Stone Brewing Company is our biggest clients and good friends who alone probably carry 100 of these chairs and about another 100 of our Pub Stools, Dining Chairs, Tables, Ottomans and etc.
The lounge chair’s design is made from the ever popular Adirondack Chair. A wide seat and backrest with a laid back style. Our Recurved Rockers are also based after this design and with the recurved stave, making them the best barrel rockers on the market.
The barrel chairs Back Story –
In 2011 I started my carpentry business making patio furniture from Redwood and other soft woods like pine. Even tho I enjoyed the custom work people hired me for, I still would always rather make my own creations and designs. Building something brand new every time took a lot longer and was more stressful. Product and development is something that can be overwhelming and hard. Production times can be delayed and timeframes can make you lose a lot of your ideal profits margins. So after about a year I stopped doing custom projects and I only focused on my creations. Within that year I had a whole redwood patio set line that took off fast. Adirondack chairs, end tables, ottomans and coffee tables.
After I relocated to sunny San Diego I was discovered through Etsy by one of Stone’s general managers. They bought many of the Redwood pieces and a few months later he showed me dirty broken down Scotch barrels and asked me if I could maybe make one of my chairs from this material. After a couple days I went back with my first piece and the rest is history. The best part is the San Diego Union Tribune was doing a story on the co-op workshop I started in. They took a feature photo of me while making my very first barrel chair.
The few differences between Wine and Whiskey barrels are the following :
- oak type
Wine Barrels are staines red and burgundy from the wine that was inside. They have a rounder curve and often have wider staves. The barrels also come in many different sizes that depends on what kind of wine was made in the barrel. For instance Cabernet Sauvignon would be in a shorter more round barrel. Also most of the time wine barrels will be made from French Oak. Which to me feel a bit lighter and less dense.
Bourbon Whiskey Barrels are charred on the inside that leaves the wood black. They have less curvature and often made from more smaller staves. Which leaves me with plenty of whiskey wood to use for grilling! The barrels are pretty much all the same size and are made from American White Oak that is cut from the core of the tree making the material very hard and dense.
For more questions or information please feel free to contact me through our website.