All Winestains’ designs originate from one main item: aged wine barrels sourced from wineries around the Barossa and Adelaide. “Wine barrels have such great character,’’ Kristal Ruchs says. “There are slight differences in the wine barrels created by the different levels of toasting. The fine and medium grain oaks differ slightly in colour and grain. “The really fine grains usually house better quality wines. Most oak is reasonably similar, though. “You can definitely tell if our designs originally housed red wine due to the beautiful, natural red wine stains on them. “Products begin with an initial concept and sketch before the barrels are broken with a hammer and a special tool to remove the metal hoops. Dowels and nails are all re-used in the designs, Kristal says. “We then cut, plane, screw and glue as required,” she says. “The designs are then branded with our traditional branding iron (heated on an open flame). The product is then further sanded with final touches before being oiled and left to dry. Each design varies in terms of production time, from a couple of hours to days. “I don’t think you could ever call our products mass produced ... each differs in size, shape, colour and markings due to the nature of the aged wine barrels,” Kristal says.