What sets us apart

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. 

Bourbon Festival 2013


Bardstown, Kentucky is invaded by 50,000+ every September by people from all over the world to celebrate our native spirit.  Throughout the week we had a barrel head with our new logo sitting on a table and asked that people sign it with their name and where they were from. 

Our week started on Thursday at the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History.  Mary Ellyn Hamilton, curator, has graciously hosted us for two years.  We, in turn, donate items for the Master Distiller’s Auction which is the museum’s major fundraiser for the year.  While we were setting up a rather famous Kentuckian came by to say hello.  Col. Michael Masters, aka “The Kentucky Bourbon Master” who has written several books on Kentucky hospitality, heritage and history.  We also got to meet his beautiful wife, Margaret Sue.  For more information on the Michael and Margaret Sue, visit www.kentuckybourbonhouse.com.

Another highlight from Thursday was a 20 minute visit with Jimmy Russell and his wife.  Jimmy is the Master Distiller at Wild Turkey. I can’t tell you what a thrill it was hearing some of the old stories.  One of the most interesting was that his wife worked at the distillery before he did and encouraged him to get a job there.  

Friday, Adam Harris, North American Brand Ambassador for Jim Beam stopped by and Friday night we went by the Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace that just opened on West Flaget downtown Bardstown.  DeeDee and Howard are fabulous hosts and it seems everyone loves the bar Jeff made for the tasting room.  The bar top was made from wood planks recovered from the floor of the kitchen of the building built in the 1820’s and wood flooring found in the attic.  It is truly a piece of art complete with wormholes.

Saturday was the Master Distiller’s Auction and the black tie event, The Great Kentucky Bourbon Tasting and Gala where we got to chat with Bernie Lubbers, Brand Ambassador for Heaven Hill, Representative Rob Taylor of Iowa, Willie Pratt of Michter’s, and Harlen Wheatley of Buffalo Trace, just to name a few.

Sunday went by in a blur but the bloody mary’s from Bloody Kentucky helped get us through the day.  We also had a drawing for one of our Garden Benches made from authentic bourbon barrel staves. The winner is Stacie M. from Ft. Knox, Kentucky.

We are blessed beyond words to be doing what we love.  Can’t wait until next year!


Example of the Garden Bench for the Giveaway.

Frosted Pink Weddings by Kelly Blog Post

Rocky Mountain wedding planner, Kelly Karli – Frosted Pink Weddings, has a blog and she featured Bourbon Barrel Rehab! Check it out here. 


Louisville Palace Wedding Show 


Thank you so much to Sydney O’Bryan for all the work to put together the Louisville Palace Wedding Show!  We had a great time and there were TONS of brides and reluctant grooms.  It’s so funny to watch the guys hang back, standing a half step behind their bride-to-be.

Here are a few photos.  It was an amazing show in such a beautiful, historic place.  Lucky to have been asked to join in.

Louisville Palace Wedding Show


We are participating in our first Bridal Show at the historic Louisville Palace on Friday, January 11, 2013!  If you haven’t ever been inside the Palace you will be in awe!!  It’s gorgeous and such a fun place for a bridal event.  This show is not the typical show either.  The tag line on the website says, “This is not your mother’s wedding show…it’s YOUR wedding show!”  There is going to be a “groom’s” section at the show too.  Can’t wait!!

Please stop by to see us and some of the new things we’ve got just for brides (and grooms)!

Here’s the link to Pre-Register so you can get in for FREE!  http://www.palaceweddingshow.com/#/brought-to-you-by-boudoir-louisville/

B & R’s Wedding


We were lucky enough to be invited to a wedding this weekend out in the beautiful Kentucky countryside.  Beth & Ryan did it up right!  Terrific weather (although a little cold at night), great people and lots of bourbon!  Ryan works with Angel’s Envy and I think at last count we went through 8 cases!  Here are a few photos of the happy couple and the barrel head guest book we did for them!


Mr & Mrs


Shout out to Kyle Henderson and Angel’s Envy Bourbon for helping make the day warmer! The 23 year old Pappy helped too!


The Groom’s Cake! One of his favorite places is the now abandoned Old Taylor Distillery. One of the prettiest places on the Kentucky River.

Bourbon Barrel Art?  Why, yes!  We think so!


Functional Art.  These Bourbon Barrel Head Guest Books will eventually hang on the wall of the couples who got married last weekend!  

Re-Made in Kentucky!

It seems that everyone is looking for a unique spin on wedding guest books.  Whether it be photo montages or photo booths or fingerprint trees, there are a thousand ways to have your guests express their love to you on your special day.  Our Bourbon Barrel Head Guest Books are uniquely Kentucky and are Re-Made in Kentucky from used bourbon barrels.  Or do you want a special cake platter?  How about your names and date on a bourbon barrel cake platter?  We can personalize and customize the barrel head, staves or the whole barrel itself for you to treasure all the days of your marriage!  Here are a few examples.

Instructions for Guest Books


Instructions for Guest Books.  

Your unique Bourbon Barrel Rehab Bourbon Barrel Head Guest Book needs a little special attention.  It is best for your guests to use extra fine point permanent markers to write on the surface of the barrel head to avoid bleeding and smearing.  Once you have all your signatures and salutations use four or five coats of a SPRAY polyurethane to coat and protect the surface.  DO NOT brush on a sealant as the marker will smear!  We have also included a hanger and screws in case you would like to hang your barrel head and the back of the barrel head is felted so it won’t scratch your walls.

 May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace. May your troubles grow few as your blessings increase.  May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
                                                                                                                                                                              Old Irish Wedding Blessing

The Real Deal ~ Re-Made in Kentucky

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.