The idea for Barrel-Art was originally born out of necessity. Hampton, Virginia based Mike Prieto and his wife Kambra lost everything in a fire during their move to Europe several years ago. They needed new furniture immediately so Mike took up woodworking to build the critical pieces.
He enjoyed the art of woodworking so much he decided to design a piece of his own. During travels to the European wineries, inspiration struck to make a bar out of a barrel. Kambra loved the concept so they searched the area wineries for the perfect barrel and came across a beautiful French Oak barrel from Bordeaux.
Their efforts with the barrel generated a great deal of interest and he began developing other ideas for furnishings and barware that were made from barrels. Barrel-Art has since grown significantly through online purchases and wholesale orders. Barrel-Art has supplied many restaurants with furniture and flights such as Froggies (Virginia Beach), Commonwealth Brewery (Virginia Beach), Marriott’s (Worldwide), Kona Grill (Worldwide) and Outback Steakhouses (Nationally) just to name a few.
Barrel-Art takes pride in using all parts of the barrels in their work which helps minimize carbon footprints and encourages other artisans to do the same.