While I was working on a project for a restaurant, I came across old bourbon barrel staves that were being used to smoke food. I immediately knew that I had to create a recycled/reclaimed piece with this wood. Sure, the restaurant’s food tastes good, but I knew this wood had another purpose, so I saved them from slaughter. I observed that barrel stave was perfect for the back leg of a chair, so I got to work. As luck has it, the wood itself is first grade quartersawn oak, a very sturdy and attractive wood. The problem would be taming this twisted wood and making a functional piece. After a little trial and error, I came up with a chair I can stand behind, or, rather, sit on... The black on the chair is the remnants of charcoal from the roasting of the barrel when it was first made.