Kodak company repurposes whiskey barrels for gardens

Kodak company repurposes whiskey barrels for gardens

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Reel Barrels is based out of Kodak, Tennessee and owned by Jackie and Mick Steele. Reel Barrels is based out of Kodak, Tennessee and owned by Jackie and Mick Steele.
This full sized barrel holds more than 200 feet of garden hose complete with a heavy duty handle, making it easy to operate. This full sized barrel holds more than 200 feet of garden hose complete with a heavy duty handle, making it easy to operate.

By KRISTIN FARLEY
6 News Anchor/Reporter

Jackie and Mick Steele are the faces behind the Kodak company, Reel Barrels. It was a business born out of, what these gardeners call, a basic necessity.

Jackie told us, "Every time you use a garden hose you get frustrated." The couple was already using half barrels as planters, and that's when they got the idea that these heavy, sturdy barrels would be a great solution to flimsy hose reels.

The reel barrel was the company's first product. This full sized barrel holds more than 200 feet of garden hose complete with a heavy duty handle, making it easy to operate. The couple also makes rain barrels, trash cans, a pub table set and even a few decorative items.

6 News checked out the local plant where the whiskey barrels are cleaned, prepped and sorted before they decide the best use for each barrel.

Each one is authentic, "We do go to Jack Daniel's and pick up their barrels directly from them." Jackie told us. "Those are branded with Jack Daniel's on the front and Jack Daniel's on the top. The other distilleries are typically Kentucky based."

A Reel Barrel in the couple's front yard is more than 11 years old. It clearly shows how a high grade varnish and painted rings, help keep their products looking good through any weather.

Jackie and Mick will take custom orders, including painting or finishing pieces to match your house color or decor. Right now they sell most of their inventory at lawn and garden shows, but you can also find their work at "All Tucked In" quilt shop on highway 66.

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