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The Definition of the Barrel

A barrel or cask is a hollow cylindrical container, traditionally made of wood staves and bound with iron hoops. The term "barrel" typically refers to wooden vessels that are small enough to be moved by hand, up to puncheon size.

 

The Shape of the Barrel

Barrels often have a convex shape, bulging at the middle. This constant bulge makes it easier to roll a well-built wooden barrel on its side, changing directions with little friction. It also helps to distribute stress evenly in the material by making the container more spherical.

 

History of the Barrel

The barrel is in fact very old technology, originating with Celtic tribes living in the wild forests of France and Germany. Julius Caesar first recorded the use of barrels by Gaulish Celts in 50 BC. The Romans eventually adopted the barrel as the container of choice for transporting wine, replacing the amphora, a pottery vessel.


Texas, the Chuck Wagon and the Barrel

Many a white oak barrels went up the trail from Texas, mounted on the side of a chuck wagon and following a herd of Longhorn cattle, as it was for the infamous Texan Charles Goodnight. Mr. Goodnight became involved in the herding of feral Texas Longhorn cattle northward from West Texas to railroads. In 1866, he and Oliver Loving drove their first herd of cattle northward along what would become known as the Goodnight-Loving Trail. Goodnight invented the chuck wagon, requiring barrels for sustenance and survival, which was first used on the initial cattle drive. Upon arriving in New Mexico, they formed a partnership with New Mexico cattleman John Chisum for future contracts to supply the United States Army with cattle.

 

The Tahoe Seating Barrel Chaise

Embracing our historic Texan history, made of kiln-dried hard woods, our Barrel Chaise distributes the stress evenly with its convex and cylindrical shape. The artistic structure and form of "bulging at the middle", baffles upholstered with 4" soft foam and blown fiber are filled with painstaking detail; to replicate the essence of the barrel and the Texas cattle drives.

  Barrel Chaise
Barrel Chaise Full Leather Deck
Barrel Chaise Full Leather Deck
$4,295.00
Center Rail Barrel Chaise
Center Rail Barrel Chaise
$4,295.00
Platinum Series Barrel Chaise
Platinum Series Barrel Chaise
$5,295.00
Single Rail Barrel Chaise
Single Rail Barrel Chaise
$4,295.00