CUSTOM LISTING Swing made from Italian oak barrel stave
This is the most wonderful swing made from an old oak barrel stave. It’s perfectly formed as the wood naturally curves, so your bottom sits comfortably in the middle. It’s a gorgeous, thick, wide, heavy, natural piece of wood that has been repurposed to give hours of fun – two people can sit on it side by side, too four 20mm/0.78 holes have been drilled through the wood to run the rope and, included in the price, is 5 meters/16.4 feet of this soft woven rope. If you need it longer, just ask. Once upon a time this stave was part of a huge barrel. You can see on the end of the stave that there are numbers and these corresponded so they all fitted together. The notches at either end held the barrel lids in place, and then metal circles went around the whole thing to keep the barrel together. And then they would have held delicious montepulciano d’abruzzo wine. If you smell the wood you get that beautiful aroma of oak mixed with years and years of wine production that has imbibed the oak. We have decided to leave the wood completely untreated because then you really see its inherent qualities, as well as retaining the gorgeous natural smell and feel. As such though, you should take care of the swing and not leave it outside all winter, although it would be perfectly fine and would age from the weather, too. So it’s up to you how you look after it. Leave it as it is, let the weather age it or stain it to protect it. Each swing is inherently different, of course, because each piece of wood has its own character with different splits, grain lines, markings and shades, but the cut outs, holes and dimensions are the same. If you would like to see the exact piece of wood for your swing, please ask and we can send photos. 115.5cm/45.5″ x 19cm/7.5″ x 4.3cm/1 6/8. This item is made of wood and oak, rope. The style is mediterranean and rustic.