We're always on the lookout for great gifts for food nerds. By that do we mean "always on the lookout for things we would like someone to give us as a gift?" Maybe. That's not the point.
The Awesomer described these chairs as "a gorgeous example of upcycling done right," and we totally agree. They manage to completely avoid the cheesiness that a lot of whiskey-barrel-novelties seem to fall prey to, and are just plain lovely chairs -- whether they used to hold whiskey or not.
Balazs Moldovan, the San Diego-based furniture maker who handcrafts these chairs, describes the process like a puzzle: "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."
It seems like it's only a matter of time before our dream of living in a cabin made from whiskey barrels comes true.