Our Story

Our company was born from a passion that founder Ricky Plowman, a finish carpenter with over 30 years of experience, has always had to transform reclaimed bourbon barrels into furniture that anyone would be proud to have in their home and to establish a family business. Ricky literally started out making the furniture in his garage and sold the furniture out of a booth in the local peddler’s mall. The success of that booth prompted him to find a workshop, move out of his garage, and form Bourbon Barrel Furniture of the Bluegrass.

Soon after forming Bourbon Barrel Furniture of the Bluegrass Ricky’s wife and eldest son joined the team. Cindy is the Office Manager. Calip builds the furniture with Ricky and helps Cindy maintain the website and other technical aspects of the business.  

Our goal is to make furniture of the highest quality of craftsmanship and to sell the furniture at reasonable prices.  

We feel like that is working pretty well since many customers return to buy additional pieces from us and will often send Ricky or Cindy pictures of the furniture they purchased after they get it on display in their homes. To have our customers include us in their excitement by sharing these pictures of their furniture is very humbling and is what encourages us to keep doing what we are doing. Customers who have driven from Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio, and Indiana to purchase our bourbon barrel furniture, tell us that our craftsmanship and prices combined are why it is worth the drive for them to buy from us. One customer from Indiana, who has purchased many pieces from us, placed an order for a custom bar. This customer had recently bought a house in Alabama and upon delivery of the custom bar, he loaded the bar into a trailer for transportation directly to his new home in Alabama! This is just one of the stories that we love to hear about and enjoy sharing in with our customers. We strive to make beautiful, quality pieces that will be enjoyed by our customers for years to come! Bourbon Barrel Furniture of the Bluegrass is also happy to fill custom furniture requests if possible. Please contact us to discuss your requests and for a free quote. Thank you for taking the time to look at our website!