I came across an old port wine barrel from the 1920, which had seen its best of days many years ago. The wood did not have any rot and the inside was covered with dark wine and yellow sulfur stains. The outside had grey, black and old faded rust colors after a long life in humid warehouses and transportation with boat and truck. The curved wood of a wine barrel has been formed through open fire and cold water. It does not forget its shape and remains one of the most dynamic and gracious raw materials for any artisan dreaming of making his own art-deco furniture. The wood needs absolutely no paint since the colors and the worn wood shades are already there. However, a little furniture wax smooths the surface and vivid the colors.