As someone who enjoys all things viticulture, when I saw the folks at Vintage French Linens had wine crate ends from various Bordeaux wineries for sale, I knew I needed to buy some. Each crate end is a piece of art in its own right but my challenge was to see how I could transform them into something interesting while also maintaining their artistic integrity.
At first, I had visions of complicated mosaic work using fused wine bottles to create mosaic tiles and including wine labels, corks, anything to do with wine. Someday I may give that a try but this was not the time. I decided to combine hand raked glass in colors reminiscent of a vineyard in the fall with a wine crate end to create a unique wine serving platter.
Though I cut into the crate end to create the space for the wine coaster, the winery logo is in tact flowing from the raked glass. A bottle of wine nestles in the wine coaster while up to 6 wine glasses can be served on the crate end which is sealed to prevent drips from staining the wood. The piece is framed in mahogany and has rubbed bronze handles on either end. A votre santé!