New Furniture From Vintage Wood

Storage benches and coffee tables, folding chairs and kitchen islands, beds and mirror frames: If it can be made from wood, it can be made from reclaimed barrel wood. In his shop in Northern California, furnituremaker Whit McLeod designs and produces a line of Arts and Crafts-inspired pieces using salvaged oak wine casks. "The old quartersawn oak has a beautiful burnished hue and has been dried for up to a year—sometimes more—which makes it less prone to shrinkage and a lot more stable for furniture construction than most new lumber on the market," says McLeod, who hand selects and remills wood reclaimed from local wineries. The results—a collection of handmade dining tables, ottomans, and a full range of seating, including, since you asked, toilet seats—are one of kind. And because no new trees are cut down to build them, they are easy on the earth.

—Katherine Stuhler
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