Wood Floors from Whiskey Barrels
Reclaimed and salvaged wood can often be cherished for their aesthetic value and historical association as much as they are their practicality, but lovers of wooden floors would certainly get a kick out of a new line in flooring from the United Kingdom that uses reclaimed wood from old whiskey barrels.
It was the Scotch whiskey industry that came up with the idea while trying to think of a rather more eco-friendly way of disposing of old whiskey barrels than just dumping them in the nearest landfill, and once a particularly canny engineer figured out how to make it happen, it was only a matter of time before whiskey barrel wood flooring hit the shops – once they had undergone some floor sanding first, of course.
The wood featured in the barrels is oak, with the barrel’s original print now scattered across the flooring. Barrel type tends to determine both the length and the width of the planks, while glue is the only way to install it. The company that makes the barrel flooring, United Kingdom-based manufacturer McKay Flooring Ltd, will be able to provide specific prices based on specifications, though at the moment the price is around £199 per square metre.
As to whether the barrel flooring will smell of whiskey, McKay claims that if you get close enough, you will whiff “the very pleasant smell of oak and whiskey,” though you might just want to take such a claim with a pinch of salt.