As 2018 draws to a close, we thought we'd take a look back at some of our favourite products created this year.
As you may know, all our products are individually designed and made by master craftsman, Ali Fakourpoor in our woodworking studio in East Dunbartonhire just outside Glasgow. Every barrel is different which makes each piece created one of a kind.
We love a challenge at Reza Wood Designs so when we have the chance to work on a special project or a new design we can get very excited about it! Whisky Barrels are so great to work with and as far as product creation goes, this may have been our most innovative year so far. I hope you enjoy this look back over 2018.
Whisky Barrel Bar Stool
These lovely bar stools were first created for one of our customers who wanted to create a Jamaican rum bar in their kitchen. Making these is a bit like doing a jigsaw puzzle, trying to find pieces with the same curve that will fit together. We were so pleased with the final result though and these are Ali's personal favourite products this year.
Whisky Barrel World Time Wall Clock
My own personal favourite this year. Ever since I was a small child I have loved to travel. I originally asked Ali to create this world time clock for me, as a reminder of some of my favourite places in the world. I lived in both Canada and Japan when I was in my 20's and they are still special places for me. The clock is created entirely from whisky barrel lids and could be horizontal as well as the vertical version you see here. Each clock is made to order with your own choice of 4 places in the world that mean something to you.
Whisky Barrel Bow Tie
We are very proud of our bowties. There are lots of bowties on the market but none made from Scotch whisky barrels. We wanted to combine these with Harris Tweed and so a search began for someone who could do the textile work for us. Eventually we found Moaning Minnie, a maker of contemporary designer accessories who has created the stunning straps in a variety of Harris Tweed colours. The little pot still motif has been laser engraved and if you wear one of these whisky barrel bowties you will definitely stand out from the crowd. The most surprising thing for me is how light they are.
Whisky Barrel Whisky and Chocolate Flight Tray
We were delighted to be asked to create the flight trays for the Clydeside Distillery's brand new Whisky and Chocolate tasting tour. Each tray comes with numbered inserts where the glasses sit so customers can easily identify the whisky they are tasting as well as 5 small holes where the chocolates specially chosen to match each whisky sit. We can't wait to try these out on our next visit to Clydeside.
Whisky Barrel Table with Scotland Map
Finally, one of Ali's experimental designs this year. A very special table for Scotland and whisky lovers! With a Scotland whisky region map engraved on the top. We've used epoxy resin to create the blue outline. In creating this, Ali has used all parts of the barrel including the barrel hoop and I'm sure you'll agree the result is stunning.
If you would like something special, created just for you then we welcome commissions. You can find out more about the process here.
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I hope you've enjoyed this quick review of 2018, we can't wait to get stuck into our 2019 projects and look forward to bringing you lots more innovative whisky barrel gifts and furniture in the very near future- watch this space.
The Christmas shopping season is upon us, a fabulous excuse to hit the shops if shopping’s your thing and a very stressful time of year for those of us who find choosing for ourselves difficult enough never mind someone else!
If you are feeling under pressure, relax, we’ve pulled this gift guide together to help you find the perfect Christmas present for anyone that’s difficult to buy for. We’ve all got tricky people on our list, maybe they’ve got everything, maybe they don’t want anything or possibly they just don’t like anything- no specific hobbies or interests to tap into – in other words, hard to buy for!
Grab yourself a coffee and peruse our list. You are sure to find at least one perfect present here and what’s more, it’ll be something they don’t have, something handcrafted and unique that shows you care, a total win-win.
Gift for the style conscious
Whisky Barrel Bowtie
These stunning Whisky Barrel bowties are sure to make the wearer stand out at any event. Each bowtie is made from a piece of recycled oak scotch whisky barrel and comes with Harris Tweed straps available in a range of colours as well as a little whisky pot still engraved in the corner. There's also a gift box and certificate stating the whisky region the barrel comes from. Very comfortable to wear with adjustable straps, it's sure to be a winner.
Gift for the unorganised
Docking station bedside personal organiser
If you know someone who can never find their phone, keys, or wallet then this is a great gift for them. Made entirely from whisky barrel lids with space to hang your keys, store your glasses and wallet, charge your phone and it even has a small tray to hold cufflinks, coins or rings. It not only looks great, it's extremely useful too.
Gift for your boss or co worker
Whisky Barrel Pen
We all know those we work with can be very tricky to buy for indeed, almost everyone however needs a pen and what could be better than one recycled from whisky barrels. You just can’t go wrong here. Comes with a certificate stating the whisky region the barrel comes from and a velvet pouch.
Gift for a couple
Whisky Barrel Tabletop Clock
Our colourful clocks make a great Scottish gift for that special couple. Each clock has a Harris Tweed insert and choice of clock hands. Designed to sit on the mantelpiece but can also be displayed on the wall, each one is individually crafted so no one will have one exactly like it.
Gift for a whisky lover who's got everything
Scotland Whisky region map whisky barrel spinner with Glencairn Glassware
What can we say? Our laser engraved whisky spinners are adored by whisky lovers everywhere, perfect for whisky party with friends or just yourself this is sure to be a talking point in any home. Each one is individually made from oak scotch whisky barrels and comes with Harris Tweed inserts and glassware.
Gift for beer lovers
Whisky Barrel bottle opener
Useful, practical and goes great with a six pack, that’s our wee bottle openers which come with magnets for securing to the fridge and a stylish leather strap.
Gift for someone who deserves to take it easy
Whisky Tasting Tray with Glencairn Glassware
It’s good to relax at Christmas time and what better way to do it than with a good dram and a seat by the fire? Help your someone special put their feet up this holiday season with our whisky tasting trays, each one comes with Glencairn glassware, the recognised whisky glass and Harris Tweed inserts for that touch of luxury. All you need to go with it is a bottle of something special and job’s done.
Need more help?
Why not browse our most popular Christmas Gifts for more inspiration.
Let us take the stress out of Christmas with our gift wrapping service. we can gift wrap almost all our products and can even send directly to the recipient if you prefer with a special message from you. All you need to do is add the gift wrapping product to your order and we'll take care of the rest.
I hope this guide has given you a few ideas but feel free to browse our full range of products in our online shop. We also have some products available on Amazon and Etsy.
Happy shopping and if there's anything we can do to help please let us know, we love making our customers dreams come true.
We wish you all a very happy festive season!