From his small backyard shop on a half-acre nestled in rural Graham, WA, craftsman Paul Jones transforms wood into works of art.
You may have seen Paul, and his many creations at the Puyallup Farmers Market. That's where I met him when I was looking for a woodworker interested in making unique pieces from our oak whiskey barrels. The name of Paul's business is Palates to Patio, and indeed he was selling pieces made from recycled palates, so I knew he already had the recycle/repurpose/reuse mentality we are focused on at Lucille's Gourmet Honey.
Paul is meticulous in his design details, incorporating dado joints to give the furniture more stability. Most of his pieces are for outdoor, backyard use. Moving them around takes a toll on the legs, so Paul incorporates pieces of hardwood on the feet to keep the legs from splitting. All of his pieces are held together with sturdy deck screws for a secure fit and to weather the outdoors.
As our process goes along, we'll be getting more barrels to Paul. If you'd like to have him tailor a set of whiskey barrel furniture to your custom needs, get in touch with him and let him know what you're looking for. This is what he created with the barrel from Batch One - a table and two bar stools. He was putting the bracing on the legs of the second stool when I visited his shop. If you're interested in this set, you can contact Paul via email - firstname.lastname@example.org.