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Adam and Tim Radtke make stools, tables and chairs from old wine barrels at their company, Patton Valley Wood Craft, in Gaston.

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Adam Radtke has worked in Oregon vineyards for five years and has done woodcraft since he was a kid in his dad’s workshop, so combining the two was natural. He makes beautiful stools, tables, chairs, easels and racks from old wine barrels at his company, Patton Valley Wood Craft, in Gaston. “It’s really high-quality, knot-free white French oak,” he says. “And it’s really pretty, too.” He mostly uses the 60-gallon burgundy barrels that wineries replace about every five years, “when the flavor goes away.” The curved-stave wood pieces are held in place by metal rings. “Over time they leave distinct marks on the wood that I really like,” he says. Customers often spot his work at vineyard tasting rooms and coffee shops around Oregon and buy them off the floor. He and brother Tim also sell at seasonal outdoor markets and are developing more retail outlets and custom clients. He’s shipped his work from New York to Japan and everywhere in between. He hadn’t realized he’d developed his own style until customers told him they liked the “artsy” look of his designs. “And the structure is strong and durable,” he says. “They’re built to last.” 

Tiny fireside stool, $125; sofa table, $225; artist table/easel, $99; pieces at Oblique in Portland, Alloro Vineyard near Newberg, and Adea Wine Company in Gaston;