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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.

The key thing is, they don’t give up.

I find this even more inspiring than seeing the finished pieces.
Over the past few months we’ve been cutting prototype after prototype, trying out different finishing techniques and materials, creating a lot of crap and some good things. I’ve also been tweaking and improving all the tap designs and I thought I’d show an example of a first attempt alongside the latest version of same.
Keep in mind this “First” edition is still the one that made it to production. My actual first sketch of Krampus looked like something a talentless, drunk chimpanzee might draw.
Incase there’s ever a burgeoning market for talentless, drunk chimpanzee art, I’ll hang on to it.
For now, here are the first and last edition Krampus Winter Ale taps:

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On Schedule

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. We’ll post a video once it’s done. A shopping cart will follow in fall with more products coming in spring (bar stools, pub signs etc).
Here are a couple of new taps freshly engraved on the CNC ready to be cut out and filled with epoxy.

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Our latest taps including this one, as well as our bar stools are currently at the GPAG till the end of the month.

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Narwhals!

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. down the road.

We believe any home that doesn’t have its own private pub is just uncivilized; (background music swelling) an oversight by home builders causing needless deprivation and suffering. We want to change that. You can call us heroes, but we’re just regular people that want to change the world…(camera pans out, background music crescendo!) one home pub at a time!

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VOTING TIME!

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. Well, actually everyone is welcome to weigh in. Everyone has an equal vote, but the East Creeker’s votes will be a bit more equal than the others. Give your two cents on Facebook or here in the comments. Which ever one gets the most votes will be the new beer tap, and beer box…and …well whatever the heck we feel like making! So what’ll it be people? narwhals or submarines?

OPTION #1:

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OPTION #2

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Beer Tap Handles!

It’s no fun pouring a pint from your own built in beer tower in your own custom pub when you’re still using the original crappy plastic tap handles.
Okay, yes it is. It’s always fun. However, it’s even better with custom tap handles.
That was our project this weekend.
The beer tower is a dual tap so we have a beer keg on one and a keg of fizzy water on the other.
The first tap is a pretty simple one for the fizzy water:

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The beer taps are going to be a bit more interesting. I’ve been working on designs for every beer style. We cut our West Creek Homebrew tap this weekend and I thought I’d take a few photos of the process.

Here’s Derek lining up the CNC to 0,0,0:

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A shot of Big Ben (the CNC) doing all the work as usual:

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Then comes the cutout, the clean up, sanding and finishing with tinted epoxy:

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This is my initial drawing of the next tap. I’ll post a photo once it’s cut and finished:

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My Monster Easel

Some of my most treasured possessions are things that people have made me. A scarf from my niece, a quilt from my Mom, paintings from my Mother-in-law, an intricately wood burned Ouija from a friend, a drawing from my nephew…the list goes on. I’m lucky to have family and friends that love to make things, and better yet, love to give them away.
One of these treasured possessions is my monster easel. It was built for me by my father-in-law Alvin. In true Al “Go big or Go Home” style, it’s a monster. Over 9ft tall, it holds multiple canvasses up to 8ft tall on both sides. Today, I wheeled the big boy out to work on a few drawings.

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Speaking of things I treasure, finally finished Emma’s bench this weekend. It wasn’t up ten minutes before Scrappy the crow crapped on her face. Thanks Scrappy. Asshole. Scrappy is the crow that I nursed back to health a couple years back. He used to fly in the house to steal Emma’s food from her bowl. He still comes to hang out every summer, now with his mate. I’ll post a photo of him one of these days. Probably a photo of him being an asshole.

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It was a perfect weekend to work outside in the sun. Millie found a sweet shady spot to cool down.
Hmm seems to be a dog theme today.

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