While tinkering in his home workshop in Charlotte, North Carolina, James Thomas Broyhill II started removing the years worth of sawdust and other personal items that camouflaged some old Jack Daniel's barrels. He began removing the galvanized iron hoops from around the belly of the well aged barrels. Inspiration guided him to create something aesthetically pleasing from something with true character. His only goal was to create something he could display in his house as a badge of honor to his creativity and craftsmanship.
"I had no idea what would come of it" - James Thomas Broyhill II
What came out of it was Broyhill's company Heritage Handcrafted. Now working with Jack Daniels', Woodford Reserve and Old Rip Van Winkle (Pappy Van Winkle) distilleries, they manufactures artisan furniture and accessories from reclaimed bourbon/whiskey barrels.
The Broyhill family has a long history of furniture making. Three generations before James, his great grandfather James Edger Broyhill started a chair manufacturing company in the small town of Lenoir, North Carolina. Starting in 1926, it is now one of the largest furniture brands in the industry.
Ranging from uniquely designed bar stools to personalized whiskey/humidor gift-sets, the products are all “guy-esque.” They are rustically sophisticated and can appeal to all walks of life.
“While I am proud to carry the Broyhill name, I am even more proud to carry on the tradition of creating unique furniture pieces out of wood,” James said.
In an age of mass-production and assembly line construction, James Broyhill is finding his place in a growing artisan movement. While his craft pays homage to his bloodline, his authenticity and ingenuity are the soul of Heritage Handcrafted.
For more information on Heritage Handcrafted please visit: https://www.heritagehandcrafted.com/