We started this business 3 years ago and there were only a handful of people making art out of barrels. Now there are bunches of people making things left and right. A few of them even dog us on their websites and pages. That's fine with us. The quality of our work, attention to detail and passion for bourbon, barrels, art and integrity is what matters.
We use each and every part of the barrel down to the sawdust. We make each and every piece by hand. Design, hand sanding, nailing, wood burning, everything. That is what sets us apart. No one does what we do, how we do it.
It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. We are flattered to death. Thank you to all of our loyal customers for standing behind us.
We just sent 20 barrels to a distillery in Sweden! Thank you Tommy! We are starting to get inquiries from all over the world! Couldn't be happier about going global!
Functional Art. These Bourbon Barrel Head Guest Books will eventually hang on the wall of the couples who got married last weekend!
We had the great luck to be called by our friend Stephanie at Green Lady Studio in Louisville to help out with the decor for the Kentucky Bourbon Lodge at The Forecastle Festival this year. Kathy Schmitt at Crescent Hill Trading Company provided many of the interesting decor items too! My Morning Jacket was the headliner on Saturday night and Wilco ended the weekend with an amazing light show. Lucky to live and work in this great town!
We've gotten some calls asking about custom barrel heads and a few of the people are upset over pricing. I guarantee that our products are all 100% real bourbon barrel heads taken from bourbon barrels emptied right here in Kentucky.
Once the head is taken off the barrel it practically falls apart because they are individual pieces held together with wood pegs and the pressure of the staves and hoops. For wedding guest books and signs we take the time to clean them, sand, clamp and glue them, and reinforce them so they won't fall apart. We also back them with black felt so they won't scratch your walls or whatever surface you put them on. All of our work (wood craft and wood burning) is meticulously done by hand and we are very proud of that fact.
If you do buy from someone else because they are cheaper, make sure before you hit the 'buy' button that you are getting the real thing and not a 'faux' barrel head! Just because it comes from a name you may know doesn't mean it's real.