The Eight Ships has been made from a batch of reclaimed English oak timbers. Rescued by Sticks & Stone the timbers previously were a part of the Royal Naval Dockyard in Portsmouth. These timbers date back to the late 19th century.
Shipbuilding required oversized timbers to be used as chocks. These huge sections of oak were perfect for the job! The piece of timber used to create this wine rack was an original chock.
Years of hard use, combined with numerous immersion into the water have given these timbers a truly unique appearance & surface colourings. The dockyard formed part of the much larger Royal Naval base. For 500 years this was a key asset of the Royal Navy, producing countless fighting vessels.
Production was scaled down & over time the site became the centre of British Naval Heritage charities. Change of use for the site meant that items were sold off to make room for new buildings. We were able to obtain a number of disused building chocks.
The Eight Ships is an 8 bottle wine rack bursting with character. Due to the timbers’ heritage the figuring of the wood has an amazing colour from golden wheats’ through to dark chocolates.