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.