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July 19, 2012

Jason Cohen, of Jason Cohen Wood Artisan, takes old Kentucky bourbon barrels and creates art — art that is also furniture.

His unique furniture also made the Louisville craftsman a 2011 winner in Garden & Gun magazine’s “Made in the South” awards.

The simple design, combined with the use of authentic bourbon barrel parts, creates a perfect union of patina and strength.

It is the type of stool equally at home in your grandfather’s barn or in the portfolio of some top-drawer decorator.

According to Cohen, some people are concerned that the wood legs will break because of the angle. But the legs have been molded for years to that form and are strong. The wood is green when cut, and after liquor has been poured into it, the wood is nearly petrified.

Since these pieces are handmade, no two are exactly alike.

The Bourbon Barrel Bar Stool measures 31 inches high, 17 inches wide,and 15″ deep. The table measures 21 inches wide and  3 inches tall. Right now, a table and two stools are $789 at
P.S. Learn more about Cohen and his work at Also check Louisville-based Bourbon Barrel, which also sells Cohen’s stools and tables made from reclaimed oak bourbon barrels.


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