Personalized Tap Handle

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Project by BGW posted 05-26-2015 12:44 PM 772 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Awhile back, I had a new brew pub in Indianapolis reach out to me to come up with a custom tap for their house brew. The owner (pictured above, in the orange shirt), named the brew after his father who passed away in 2011. He and I bounced ideas back and forth, and I suggested that I just make a handle that looked like his dad.

He asked if I’d ever done something like that before, “No. But I think I can make it happen. Give me a few weeks.” I had him send me some pictures of his father, and sent them to my buddy who’s a great portrait artist for some tattoo studios here in town. I then turned Dustin’s drawing into a 3D image. After some trial and error, I came up with the above handle.

The unveiling was an emotional night. Brent (owner of D’s Taps) had many family members and his father’s best friend there to see the new handle. They had no idea what to expect. There wasn’t a dry eye in the joint…

I’ll tell you what, there’s nothing better than when your work touches someone. We all love woodworking, and that’s why we do it…but it’s rare that our love translates emotionally to a customer or other human being. This was a great project…hopefully not a once in a lifetime feeling.

Here’s a video I made of the cut (the song was Dennis’s favorite song):

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 05-26-2015 02:25 PM

Very cool. A keepsake for sure.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 05-26-2015 06:14 PM

The similar. On the copy machine it was possible to make in full size. On the computer increased and turn on the car.

-- Ganchik Sasha

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#3 posted 05-26-2015 06:28 PM


I have no idea what you just said. ;-)

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin

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#4 posted 05-27-2015 12:49 AM

Good work. You have every right to be pleased and proud.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 05-27-2015 01:38 AM

I bet there wasnt a dry mouth eirher !!

Sasha I think he said (my thoughts anyway) The similar. refering to Monte’s comment
On the copy machine it was possible to make in full size On the copy machine was it possible to make it full size?
On the computer increased and turn on the car. Possibly did you increase the size on the PC first.

The car refrence no idea, lets hope he sees the question and responds,

-- Regards Robert

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#6 posted 05-27-2015 02:03 AM

Very unique and an extremely nice job too! It will be commented on for years! You may even get other unique jobs because of it!

Raise your prices!

-- just rjR

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#7 posted 05-27-2015 02:35 AM

Nice handle, great story.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#8 posted 05-27-2015 08:31 AM

i like it very nice

-- Refael,

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