Though it began as a hobby, upcycling used wine barrels has become a business for artist Jim Daut. The owner and sole designer of JSD Barrel and Wood Creations in Chandler, Daut has been creating home decorations out of wine barrels for eight years. It all began when he visited Napa Valley and discovered a market for home goods made out of recycled wine barrels. When he got home, he ordered some barrels and turned them into useful tchotchkes for friends. When he lost his job in 2012, he turned his hobby into his main gig.
Daut’s most popular products include Lazy Susans, wine racks and cheese trays, which he makes out of staves from the middles of barrels, still stained with wine. “At first it took me a while to kind of get a pattern or routine down, but now that I have, I enjoy making them.”
Daut sells his wares at art walks and festivals, but you can also find them at Practical Art, a Phoenix art and home goods boutique. “[Looking to local artists and businesses for new products] is definitely a good way to keep this alive, keep art alive. It helps when people come out and support it.”