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February 9, 2015




An old Jack Daniel’s barrel in his sawdust-filled workshop inspired North Carolina’s James Broyhill to create his first piece of furniture. Then a company.
The company: Founded in 2012 in Charlotte, Heritage Handcrafted designs and makes furniture, accessories and gifts from reclaimed whiskey, wine and scotch barrels.

The founders: James Broyhill and Robert Grajewski were childhood best friends. Broyhill, the company designer and lead craftsman, is a Winston-Salem native and graduate of Appalachian State University. He is the great-grandson of the founders of Broyhill Furniture Industries, which started in Lenior, NC, in 1926. Grajewski, who holds two advanced degrees from The Wharton School (UPenn) and Harvard, directs the company’s business side.

The goods: Adirondack-style chair with ottoman ($650); bench ($475); chandelier ($1,395); celebrations box ($299); and whiskey and wine barrel cuff links ($85).

What’s popular: Adirondack-style chair and ottoman ($650, pictured below) and the Celebration Box ($299, pictured above). The handcrafted box features a cedar-lined humidor, a four-shot glass insert (and four shot glasses, plus room for your celebratory libation (not included). Personalize the box top with initials and or the event date.

Big break: Products featured as “Top Gifts” and “Best American Made Products” in various national blogs and magazines, including Town & Country, Southern Living, Robb Report and Cigar Aficionado.

Claim to fame: Asked to join in a collaboration with the Kentucky-based Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery and Pappy & Company to create a unique gift set and presentation box made from reclaimed Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve bourbon barrel wood. The first ever collaboration of its kind.

Where to buy: But looking in the Atlanta area for the right shop to carry its products. Please contact:


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