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We get a lot of questions about how we get the unique look of our multi coloured carvings. I thought I’d show a few photos of our process. This past week we’ve been working on a special project for Rogue Arts Festival. It’s a great local festival that is holding an upcoming online auction fundraiser and we get to be part of it! We’ve made a Rogue Beach Beer Box that holds 4 bombers and includes a bottle opener and a removable divider for extra versatility.
…are what we specialize in! I think that’s going to be our new motto. Learning to do something well requires about 95% failure for 5% success. Good thing I’m so dang good at effing-up! There’s no better way to find out what works best than to find all the ways that don’t work. Let’s all just be glad I do pub furnishings and not brain surgery. Along with building up our workshop and equipment, the past year has been spent on making and testing prototype after prototype.
We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend for the Sunshine Coast Mini Maker Faire. It was inspiring to see all the creativity and innovation on the coast and we were glad to be a part of it. The most amazing thing I found was how many people we met with a sense of humor as warped as ours. It was heartening to see and gives me hope for humanity. (although, despite my bent towards the catastrophic, my hope for humanity has always been quite high) And also, the number of you that love beer and believe that every new home should come equipped with a home pub.
May long weekend signals the start of the summer season, beach fires, backyard parties & beers on the patio. It’s my favorite time of year. It’s one of the best times of year to have a home pub or tiki bar with cold beer on tap! This long weekend did not disappoint. I got to play bartender at the Rogue Festival Human Foosball Tournament fundraiser. If you missed it, be sure not to miss out on the Rogue Festival this August.
After our exuberant flurry of activity many months ago with all sorts of promises about neato things we’re about to launch like shopping carts, and home pub furnishings, you may have noticed the recent lack of activity, perhaps a few chirping crickets. Well rest assured we’re still here, hard at work! It turns out I just grossly underestimated the amount of work required to get this new venture up and running.
When I go to a gallery exhibition, I love to see the artist’s earlier works or practice sketches. It reminds me of the amount of work and practice that goes in before you make something you’re happy with. It also reminds me that,unless you’re some kind of super human freak, most artists generally don’t start out creating great works, they create a lot of crap before it starts to get any good.
We’re only about 2 weeks behind schedule so far, which is actually about 2 weeks less behind schedule than I thought we’d be at this point. So we’re actually ahead of schedule. Work on the taps is going swimmingly. I’ve got 16 tap designs that we’ll be launching at the end of the month. We’ve been testing finishes and getting the process down, faster and faster. Derek will be doing some big upgrades to the CNC in the next couple of months.
Thanks everyone for voting on your favorite East Creek Session Ale tap handle! The Narwhals were the clear winner and not just because my Dad voted 50 times. Below are a few photos of the taps I’ve been working on this morning. We’ll be working on lots of new designs in the coming weeks as well as a few jigs and racks that will make the process much faster. We’re hoping to have a shop set up in the next few months with tap handles to start and cooled beer towers, stools, bar tops, signs etc.
At long last! Not just one, but two East Creek Session Ale logos!!! I’ve been promising an East Creek Ale logo ever since we made the West Creek Homebrew beer box a year or so ago, causing feelings of alienation, tension and jealousy. Creating a rift between East and West Creek, a rift that can only be healed with narwhals and submarines. Time for all the East Creekers to weigh in on what your ale logo will look like.