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bRICK & MORTAR

ONE BLOCK FROM MAGNOLIA MARKET “THE SILOS”

300 s. 6th street

DOWNTOWN WACO

corner of 6th & Mary ave


our business is personal

I think we are all familiar with the old saying, “It’s not personal. It’s business.” I’m no genius, but I’d be shocked if not all business owners agree that that statement is totally laughable. Being a small business owner is VERY personal! Your business requires ALL your hope, ALL your energy, ALL your ambition. It is EVERYTHING that represents you, personally, wrapped up in one big entrepreneurial bow to be shipped to admirers perhaps you’ve never met. I admittedly did not truly know the meaning of sacrifice until Chris and I embarked on our small business journey together all those years ago. But two things I did know then, that I still know now, is that there is absolutely no substitute for hard work and our company is very personal to us.

So, what exactly do we do?? Simple. Chris and I are a husband-wife team who believe in hardwork, family centered living, kindness and integrity who handcraft furnishings for your home. Yes, that’s right…we are truly the two people who craft our (your) pieces. We have a woodshop about 15 minutes away from downtown Waco where we spend A LOT of time together. Our two boys love to help. Some our pieces are handcrafted from retired wine or whiskey barrels, others from reclaimed lumber, others from custom milled lumber from various US locations. We have one brick and mortar location in Waco, TX just one block from the Magnolia Market (The Silos) where we retail all of our pieces along with some other sourced décor.

We opened our doors August 2017 and have loved meeting and visiting with everyone who comes to town. Waco is such a fun place and we are loving it. We still attend several trade shows each year including the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. But during the in between times, you can come visit us in Waco!

 

barrel warehouse

9823 Harlem Road

Richmond, TX 77407

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - BARRELS ONLY

We sell retired wine barrels and whiskey barrels in BOTH Waco and Richmond, TX. We keep the store front well stocked and have large quantities available from our woodshop in Waco. The location in Richmond is by appointment only as it is not regularly staffed.

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backstory

How did we get started? Good question. I guess this all started with my Chris. He grew up in the country-side of Flagstaff, AZ. His construction education began when he and his dad literally built their family’s home. From there he began leading framing crews and home renovation projects around town. After we met and married, we started our own remodel business where Chris even crafted all the cabinetry and performed all the finish work. He is just SO talented and was truly meant to be a woodworker. After moving the business to Houston, we began thinking more about retail & farmhouse tables and less about tearing down walls and moving electrical. We had so many plans, dreams and ideas. Literally, in the blink of an eye, Chris had arranged a tractor trailer load of wine barrels to arrive from Napa Valley to our woodshop. I would say that was the moment, Katy Barrel Company, was born. Within 10 days we attended our first trade show with a short product line. We spent the next 3 years learning, designing, improving and fine tuning our craft of wine barrel furnishings. But something just seemed to be missing.

 

It just wasn’t personal enough. We were not just barrel people and we did not want to be just a barrel company.

We just felt a little disconnected. We heard a line from the poem, Good Timber, and it struck a chord. Chris and I quickly looked it up and read the entire thing. We were taken immediately.

That poem changed us. It represented all that we are, all that we want to become, and all that we want to share. It has been incredible to see the transformation take place since our change in name a focus. We opened our retail location in Waco, TX in August of 2017 and love being a part of the Waco community and growth.

The tree that never had to fight, For sun and sky and air and light,
But stood out in the open plain, And always got its share of rain,
Never became a forest king, But lived and died a scrubby thing.

The man who never had to toil to gain and farm his patch of soil,
Who never had to win his share of sun and sky and light and air,
Never became a manly man, but lived and died as he began.

Good timber does not grow with ease:
The stronger wind, the stronger trees; The further sky, the greater length;
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow, in trees and men good timbers grow.

Where thickest lies the forest growth, we find the patriarchs of both.
And they hold counsel with the stars whose broken branches show the scars
Of many winds and much of strife.
This is the common law of life.
— Douglas Malloch, 1873

This leads me to WHY we do what we do. Well..life is hard. Really, really hard. For everyone. I cannot think of one soul who doesn’t anguish or ache for one reason or another, at one point or many points in their life. We want to provide you with encouraging words for your walls – with products built by two people who love and value family and idea of a beautiful home – physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. We are passionate about creating pieces for homes where families sit, share, laugh, encourage and embrace the happiest and the hardest of times. Creating beauty is a joy. Watching others appreciate that beauty is a privilege and honor. The power of home and the peace therein is priceless and its own kind of beauty.

With one spin of our Barrel Lazy Susan, one feel of our stunning Stainless Table Top, you’ll know just how much we care about what goes in your home. Every ounce of quality and craftsmanship, every second of attention we spend on each piece paints a portrait of who we really are. This is why we do what we do and what we want to share with those how discover our little store.

 

#buildthingsthatarebeautiful