Wedding Guestbook Bourbon Barrel Head (Advanced)

Wedding Guestbook Bourbon Barrel Head (Advanced)

$169.00

(17 customer reviews)

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Each of our American white oak barrel heads has lived a previous life aging Kentucky bourbon and is now completing its journey in the most beautiful, meaningful way possible – as your wedding guestbook.  A true American classic, as unique as you are.

  • Made from real whiskey barrels – We have a contract with a major cooperage that supplies new white oak barrels to distilleries all over Kentucky. Once they’ve aged bourbon in the rickhouse, they are sent back to the cooperage, who then makes sure the barrels are once again put to good use as re-purposed bourbon wood.
  • Carefully processed and assembled by hand – The bourbon barrel heads (lids) come to us as loosely assembled slats, since pressure and good craftsmanship hold the barrels together (and never glue). In order to make sure they stay together, we’ve created our own process of fitting a piece to the back to hold the slats together, and adding hardware to make sure it hangs safely on the wall.
  • Authentic and unique – Each barrel head shows distinct signs of its history in the famous rickhouses of Kentucky. Depending on which product you order, you may see the whiskey mark (stamp) or the charred wood through a viewing hole we add to our backing boards.
    Like every batch of whiskey, every barrel head tells its own story. We don’t manufacture these – the cooperage does with a little help from some of America’s best bourbons and whiskeys, so no barrel head we send out is ever perfect. You may see slats that don’t line up perfectly, or there may be gaps where the wood has swollen and contracted over the years, but to us, that imperfection is beautiful.
  • Laser Engraved, not Printed – You can see and feel the difference.  Designs are laser burned in, giving depth and a contrast to the wood while also maintaining a rustic and natural look.
  • Not just a wedding piece – After the wedding, and after this bad boy is signed, hang it up on the wall for all to see with our included wall hanging hardware.  It will be a beautiful centerpiece for years to come.
  • Designs Galore – With our builder, your options are endless.  And if you have something special in mind, email us and we will make it for you.
  • A solid piece of American craftsmanship – Weighs 12lbs and measures 21-22″ in diameter and around 1.5″ thick.  This baby was rolled around in rackhouses and used to store 50+ gallons of bourbon at a time.  It is solid as a rock and will stand the test of time.
  • Perfect for signatures – We make sure to include enough blank space for signing.  Includes a sharpie for signatures and fixative coating to prevent smears.

When the barrel heads arrive in our studio they are charred and bourbon soaked – which means you can still smell smokey whiskey notes when you open your package.  We prepare them for their journey by tightening the loose slats, adding a solid wood backing board to hold them firmly in place, then sanding and refinishing the top down so that it is clean, flat, and perfect for signatures. Once you give us the go-ahead, we engrave your design into the wood with our 150w laser and finish it off with a clear fixative that will make sure your guests’ messages don’t smear.

The laser will give your design varying depth and the contrast of the burned/sanded wood will give it a dynamic look perfect for your wedding, and later, your home.

Our production process usually takes 2-3 business days from when you place your order.  In cases of high demand, it could be as many as 7-10 business days.  If you are on a tight deadline, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.  Shipping will vary depending on location and service level selected at checkout.  Here’s how it works:

  • We reclaim a prime barrel head from a genuine, distillery used bourbon barrel.
  • We clean, dry, and sand it down until it’s bright and smooth – perfect for signatures.
  • We laser engrave your custom design – permanently burning in all the details.
  • A clear fixative is added that “holds” your signatures in place – your guests can write on the wood without worrying about the ink bleeding, running, or fading.
  • We pack it up and ship it to you via your preferred shipping method.

 

Upgrade your Barrel

Clock Add-On

Turn your barrel head into a clock! Includes machining to the barrel to accept clock components, hands, movement, and all hardware.

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Lazy Susan Add-On

Make your Barrelhead a centerpiece!  Display it on a countertop or table with this lazy susan turntable.  We add a 1000lb turntable and mount it to the underside.

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Description

Comes with:

  • Custom Engraved Barrel Head – designed by you!
  • Hanging hardware to display it on your wall.
  • A Sharpie for signatures!
  • Any optional upgrades you selected – lazy susan, clock kit, or serving tray

Here’s how it works:

  • We reclaim a prime barrel head from a genuine, distillery used bourbon barrel.
  • We clean, dry, and sand it down until it’s bright and smooth – perfect for signatures.
  • We laser engrave your custom design – permanently burning in all the details.
  • A clear fixative is added that “holds” your signatures in place – your guests can write on the wood without worrying about the ink bleeding, running, or fading.
  • We pack it up and ship it to you via the fastest premium shipping method

Additional information

Weight11.5 lbs
Dimensions22 × 22 × 1.5 in

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4.93 out of 5 stars

17 reviews

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14 reviews with a 5-star rating

  1. Josh G

    Josh G

    Whiskey Made is amazing. I’m not only saying it because of the quality of their product; I’m mainly saying it because of their level of customer service. Companies just don’t offer high level service anymore but Whiskey Made does.

    When we first ordered our guestbook, we designed it and submitted it. We received an email a couple of days later from Greg asking use about the design because something felt off to him. He wanted to ensure we were getting exactly what we wanted. After we made sure the design was correct the guestbook was made, shipped and delivered quickly. (Their packaging is minimalist but perfect too!)

    When we opened our guestbook we were so excited! It looked awesome! But then we noticed one of our letters was printed inside a crack on the barrel head making it difficult to read. I emailed Greg about my concern and he offered me three options; partial refund on the order, discount on next order, or..to my surprise..a complete reprint!

    The difficulty of ensuring a perfect print every time was explained by Greg due to the difference of every barrel head but he stressed they do check all before making. I requested the reprint and received it a short while later. No questions asked. It was perfect.

    I can’t express enough how great this company was to work with. They were definitely the easiest to work with in the wedding planning arena which is always forgiving or understanding. I would recommend ordering from this company 100,000 times over.

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  2. Tami S

    Tami S (verified owner)

    I am very pleased with the barrelhead that I ordered. The craftsmanship is excellent and I am very pleased with the color and the charring that was not present. This is exactly what I had hoped for. Delivery was very quick. I definitely would recommend your company!

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  3. Samantha M

    Samantha M

    Oh my goshIt is absolutely perfect! We love it!

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  4. Deb

    Deb (verified owner)

    The one I ordered on 11/24 was received by the recipient today 11/26!!! And they love it!! I am very impressed with your customer service!!

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  5. pschell

    pschell (verified owner)

    Everyone who has seen it, loves it!

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  6. Rory Coughlin

    Rory Coughlin (verified owner)

    My fiancée and I were super last minute ordering our guest book and Whiskey Made was absolutely incredible with expediting our order! We ordered only about 10 days before our wedding and they were able to have it made and delivered to us pretty much immediately and it looked PERFECT! It is very rare to come across companies that have such excellent customer service. We are more than happy with our purchase and would recommend this company to ANYONE! Exceptional customer service and product! Thank you Whiskey Made!

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  7. MM

    MM (verified owner)

    Way prettier in person (not that the website doesn’t look good…but wow)….. I’m SO PLEASED and cannot wait for my fiancé to see it! Thank you for making such a quality product and the packaging is phenomenal.

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  8. beck

    beck

    We fell in love the moment we opened it. It came out more perfect than we could have hoped for!!

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  9. mikesz

    mikesz

    It’s truly a unique piece that we will treasure forever! It never ceases to get compliments on how cool it is… 🙂

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  10. katpetr

    katpetr

    We just received the barrel head and wanted to let you know how much we love it. We can’t wait to get it up on the wall! It looks stunning. We were wondering if you knew which distillery the head is from? The back is a bit obscured by the mounting piece so we can’t quite tell. If you happen to know we’d love to find out.

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  11. V Kelt

    V Kelt

    It’s gorgeous!!!

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  12. Katie

    Katie

    I had such a great experience using you guys! I ordered my guestbook Monday and already received it! (Today is Wednesday) and it looks so cool in person! I can’t wait for everyone at our wedding to see it. I will definitely be recommending you guys to others! Thank you!

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  13. rjniewola

    rjniewola

    It’s GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it. It’s amazing.

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  14. kortney

    kortney

    I have to tell you that this has been one of, if not the best customer service experience I’ve ever had. Thank you guys for being so quick to respond and quick to follow through with what you say will be done. I will definitely recommend Whiskey Made to other people.

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