Kegerator -- Additions

Just because the kegerator works, doesn't mean it's done. I'm an avid woodcarver, and I've spent some time thinking of things I can do to the kegerator with wood. One day I may implement some more grandiose plans, but for now...

Tap Handles!

The tap tower comes with puny black plastic handles. How can you pull a satisfying beer with a puny black plastic handle? I carve my own.

The process is simple (no doubt there's a better way to do it). I start with a big ol' piece of wood, and I attack it with my dremel until it looks nice. Then:

Egyptian Block Statue This one's patterned after a typical ancient Egyptian design. The idea of the design is to get a lot of bang for the buck -- by making relatively few cuts in a block of stone (or, in this case, walnut), you can describe the form of a seated person, arms folded. Below the little guy is a cartouche, which will eventually hold the label of the current beer.

Below THAT is kind of a silly empty space. I got lazy, and I didn't have a lathe or anything else to take away wood easily, so it looks a little too chunky. I'll have to try to address that issue next time around....

I finished this guy, like I finish most of my carvings, with linseed oil. It darkened him up a little and helped somewhat to tone down the heavy grain of the walnut.

First Nations-style Feather Plaque This design is pretty much lifted from a First Nations (Pacific Northwest Native American) traditional feather plaque design, with slight modifications to allow space for a label.

The only special feature of this one is the end of the quill, at the bottom. It extends down in front of the shank and the base of the tap, which I think looks rather nice.

Port Orford Cedar, worked mostly with a knife, beeswax/tung-oil/linseed-oil finish.