GERMAN FOLK ART
The art of retired wine barrel carvings is a German folk art carving tradition. Hundreds of years ago it was a sign of status for old world wineries to show off elaborate barrel carvings made from their retired barrels. They served as signage at winery entrances, as well as decorative displays inside, depicting a wide range of subject matter, from the owner’s favorite vintage to landscapes and wildlife scenes. This old world tradition nearly faded away until being revived by a few skilled wood carvers that are continuing the tradition of hand carving recycled wine barrels today.
Wine barrels have long been used as containers for transporting and aging wines and liquors. These wooden barrels have recently found their way into the design world. The purpose of oak wine barrels is not only limited to storage, but also extends to the decor of a living space.
On an average the life expectancy of a wine barrel is three years and once they have served their purpose the barrels are thrown into landfills, sold as firewood, or used as garden planters. Today wine cellar builders have developed a creative and eco-friendly approach to giving retired high quality oak wine barrels a new lease on life, by incorporating them into various forms of “wine art” or “wood art” after they are retired from wine making. The growing trend in collecting and displaying wines has led to a sudden interest in wine décor. Wine barrel art carvings are an excellent way to project a personalized and unique appearance to any restaurant, living space, tasting room, wine bar, home cellar or winery. These beautiful wine art carvings can be personalized with family name, the name of your winery, a sentiment or other custom ideas of your choice. http://www.winecoolersandmore.com/content-categories/cat-215/wine_barrel_art.html