|Project by Marc82Much||posted 01-11-2013 09:40 AM||1237 views||3 times favorited||6 comments|
It was a lot of work to make this…and took a long time. The longest part was the research phase. My wife and I had to head south travel the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. That was Jim Beam, Four Roses, Makers Mark, Woodford Reserve, Wild Turkey and Heaven Hill. For good measure we headed to Fremont to tour Buffalo Trace before we left. Town Branch Bourbon was not part of the Bourbon Trail when we went, and we did not go there. Obviously, gotta go back!
The two “slats” you see in the pics are from Makers Mark. When their barrel is almost ready, they open it up and drop in 10 of these slats…American White Oak charred to level 4. They then seal it up and let it age for 90 more days before dumping it. When they do, they put these pieces of Bourbon soaked, sweet smelling oak in packages for tourists like us to buy. We got 5.
The little guys sitting in the holes are the bottle tops from Blanton’s Single Barrel. This fine Bourbon is made at Buffalo Trace and always comes from Warehouse H, and always from the “center cut”. The barrels are stacked 21 high in the warehouses and those in the center third are for Blanton’s.
The jockey on the horse represents a striding position of a racehorse on a racetrack. There are 8 letters in the word “BLANTONS” and each one of the 8 positions makes a total set. If you look at the close up of the cap, you can see a little “L”. That would be the second position.
I cut a groove in one of the slats and then put the other one in at a 90. I put 8 holes in the horizontal slat for the 8 bottle caps that I must get. As you can see, I only have three. Obviously there is much work left to do on this project. I think I will start on it again the Saturday night just as the Packers and 49ers begin.
Ah, so much work to be done!!!
-- Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?