This is your one stop shop for all things barrel, drum, and container related! These unique forms of storage go back thousands of years. The video below shows an amazing process of handmade wooden barrels. Using ancient techniques, these German barrel makers are bringing part of the past into the present. Notice the oval shape of the barrels. This is done to save valuable floor room especially in old European towns where horizontal space is very limited.
This is a craft is slowly being phased out by manufactured metal barrels. They are cheaper and more durable, so it’s no wonder the industry is shifting away from the old time tested wooden beauties. Wine and whiskey however, mature much better in wooden barrels. There’s still a demand for this type of thing even if it is becoming more specialized. That’s where masters like Ralf Mattern come in.