When Kentuckians build furniture...
Dissatisfied with a growing collection of wine and spirit bottles squirreled away in one of our kitchen cabinets, we decided to build a dedicated shelf that could store these in an interesting way.
Having grown up in Kentucky, we have no small affinity for bourbon. We drew inspiration from the rickhouses of some of Kentucky’s oldest bourbon distilleries; massive warehouses used to age barrels of bourbon. Barrels in these rickhouses are repositioned periodically by way of long timber rails that the barrels can roll along.
To be called bourbon, distilled corn mash must be aged for no less than 6 years in freshly-charred American White Oak barrels. We thought it appropriate, then, that the ‘rails’ of our rickhouse shelf be made of the same. Before mounting them to the welded-steel frame, we charred each shelf with a torch to raise a cracked, ‘crocodile skin’-like texture.