My home brewing buddy Albert handed me a new whiskey barrel and told me "Do something with it", I did.
I didn't like the new look and decided the barrel needed some character and forced aged the barrel before I fill it.
To keep Albert from killing me I decided to put his and the beer name on it.
The aging took three days to get it to the correct darkness and old used look.
I soaked the barrel for 24 hours in hot water to loosen the clear coat and sandpaper for removal.
The aging was done with common household items, vinegar, steel wool and black tea.
The first picture after soaking for 24 hours in hot water.
The other pictures show the darkening process.