At my grandparents farm, there is an old oak barrel that's been sitting around for who knows how long. When my dad was a kid, his mom made wine in it, then eventually it turned sour and then to vinegar. After that, they stopped using it, and it's been sitting in one of the outbuildings since (empyty, and out of the elements besides heat/cold).
Would it be feasible to take the barrel home and re-cooper it (if that's even a term)? If I take it apart and scrape the staves and heads down, re-band it and more-or-less overhaul it, is there a chance that it's usable? The last time I looked at it, it didn't appear badly warped or anything.
I'll be going up there for Thanksgiving as usual, so I'll need to decide to take it home or not then.
I don't have a barrel, but would love one, and if I could turn this into a bit of an heirloom project -- WAY better than buying one in my mind.