Friday, January 18, 2013

Saturday Spotlight – Wine Country Craftsman

logo of furniture maker
recycled wine barrels repurposed into wall hanging fixtures
Wine Barrel Wall Flower/Candle Holders





Today, I wanted to shine a spotlight on another master craftsman. This time, a man who has honed his skill in woodworking to an extraordinary level. Michael Weisse, from Wine Country Craftsman, is a crafter, woodworker, tinkerer, and artist. He creates furniture and art pieces that are both beautiful and functional with a rustic charm. 

In his words:
"I specialize in creating tables and other furniture out of 60-100 year old retired grape vines from California's premiere wine growing region.

Also, I design and create fun and wonderful pieces art from recycled and salvaged items. With over 80 copyrights and a dozen patents, I have a very active mind that loves to come up with innovative and creative designs."

For a bit of a bio, I found this summation while browsing his shop:

large 100% recycled wine rack made from old Napa barrels
Large Wine Barrel Wine Rack
Eco friendly lighting fixture
Wine Barrel Hanging Sconce Lighting
"Michael Weiss developed his unique functional artistic design skills over his lifetime. His mother, a professional woodworker, fostered his interest in both woodworking and art and taught him the basics of functional design. 

After finishing his Masters degree, Michael’s expertise with designing functional pieces of art was further refined while working for the Walt Disney Company. He started his own company and began designing custom wine cellars and themed rooms using a variety of different mediums which enabled him to further develop his exemplary skills. 

He has traveled the world extensively, studying culture, architecture and design and in so doing has developed a deep sense of stewardship toward the Earth. Michael has maintained his commitment to the environment by using solar power in his workshop and warehouses, building with 100% recycled materials, and donating all wood scraps (even the sawdust) to local charities for their gardens."


100% recycled L O V E wall hanging sign made from old wine barrels
Wine Barrel Love Sign
rare wood bottle corks made with reclaimed olive wood
Olive Wood Bottle Stoppers

I just love his commitment to being eco-friendly! Makes his products even more beautiful to me! 



To visit more of his unique creations, click here.


art furniture handmade from ancient grapevine wood
Grapevine Coffee Table

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64 comments:

  1. Beautiful table! I love that the wood has been kept natural looking. Very pretty.

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    1. Isn't that interesting?! I really liked that one!

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  2. Wow, I agree, VERY CREATIVE! I love Wine Barrel Hanging Scounce Lighting! it's very pretty!! =)

    Ergo-Blog

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    1. He has soooo many great pieces in his shop!

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  3. Thanks sweety for stopping by and following! Definitely following you now (: Lovely post!xx
    http://fashionholicsparkle.blogspot.com ♥

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    1. Right?! That would be such a great focal point in a room!

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  5. Beautiul and amazing creations! Defonately a rare one for me!

    Aree With Umbrella

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  6. Loved those candle holders ..truly inspiring creations!
    My First Evening Gown!!

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    1. Wouldn't those be so pretty in your home?!

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  7. Thanks for comment in my Blog! :) I follow you!

    http://snb-me.blogspot.com.es/

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    1. Aren't they?! I really love his light fixtures!

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  9. Always so many interesting things to see on your blog!!
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark
    http://margaretcruzemark.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you Margaret! Glad you like it! ;-)

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  10. What a great shop! Today is my lucky day. I'm finding some of the coolest shop during my blog visits!

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    1. Oh good!!! Glad you came by to see this one! ;-)

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  11. Wow, he does make gorgeous stuff! Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

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  12. Oh my, these are so unique! I just love the one of a kind type of things you feature on your blog. Always something interesting. I love stopping by!
    Katie~

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    1. Thank you Katie! Glad you like it here! ;-)

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  13. So stunning!

    Why don't we follow each other? :)

    XOXO,
    Monika

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  14. That table is so spectacular! People with this kind of talent are just amazing.
    xo
    girlintheyellowdress.com

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    1. I know! Crazy what people are capable of huh?!

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  15. that table is Divine!! I can picture that in my big open kitchen. the kids would probably try to crawl all in the legs, but still....it would look great.

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    1. Oooh, a big open kitchen with lots of sunlight would be a wonderful spot for that beauty!

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  16. I just adore that table at the end!:)

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    1. That seems to be the favorite! I really like the wall fixtures. I love hanging flowers and candles!

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  17. I really love that table.

    I'm a new follower from Thumping Thursdays. Have a good week!

    xo,
    Gwen
    http://junior-executive.blogspot.com
    http://green-bellpepper.blogspot.com/

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  18. ive already commented on this post but i just wanted to say thanks for your comment!

    x

    ♥ Ellen
    SHOPSTYLECONQUER.COM
    Facebook + Instagram

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  19. OH WOW! That hanging sconce and the table have me mesmerized!!! Great feature!
    I'm here to also invite you to the Meet & Greet blog hop, and I hope you'll come by and link up. =0)
    ~Kim
    http://2justByou.blogspot.com

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    1. Yep, that hanging sconce may be my favorite! Hard to tell!

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  20. I love anything wine related! What an awesome artist/craftsman! The table is amazing!
    Sandy

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    1. Me too! Wouldn't that be an amazing wine rack?!

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  21. Wow, these pieces are truly amazing!!

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  22. Amazing pieces. Haven´t seen anything like that before. I bet it´s pricey <3
    xo

    glamDevils

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  23. Stacy from Stacyuncorked.com would LOVE this stuff, wine is right up her alley!

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    1. Haha! You're right! I'll have to head over there now! ;-)

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  24. This is very unique stuff. I love the wine rack. My father in law just built his entire wine cellar and it's beautiful.
    Woodworking is such a cool trade!

    xoxo
    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

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    1. It really is a neat craft! I can only imagine being able to do something this masterful!

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  25. Wow! His crafts are really amazing and one of a kind. Definitely word-class at that!

    Arra
    http://arraabella.blogspot.com

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  26. Oh my goodness, thank you so much for featuring our shop on your blog!!

    --Jen
    Office Manager @ Wine Country Craftsman

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    1. Absolutely!! This craftsmanship deserves to be showcased! ;-)

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  27. That table is soooo beautiful!
    xoxo

    novelstyle.blogspot.com

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