|Project by Tim_CPWD||posted 01-18-2016 05:45 AM||719 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
I was recently contacted by one of the owners of a company called Julian Hard Cider (sold nationwide) and asked to help design and manufacture tap handles for them. After about 3 weeks and many different renditions, the VP of Operations and I came up with a design he was happy with. The goal was to make something that had an antique look and feel but be different than what you normally see in a row of tap handles at a bar or restaurant. It also needed to be easily read from across a dimly lit bar so the customer could see that it was Hard Cider not beer. After many different renditions we came up with what you see in the pictures. The tap handles are made from solid hardwood Cherry and stained Dark Walnut. The letters and stars are cut on my CNC machine and painted with white acrylic paint. The shape of the handle is also cut with the CNC. Each handle is made of two separate pieces and then glued together. This insures both sides of the handle are exactly the same allowing it to be read from the front or the back. Finally a metal insert is installed in the bottom to allow it to screw onto a tap. I deliver the handles without the stickers you see in the first picture. They sell 5 different flavors so the stickers are applied based on the flavor being delivered. If a new flavor is delivered to the bar they can simply change the sticker instead of having to change the handle.
-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca. http://www.facebook.com/commandperformancewooddesigns