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    Custom Beer Tap Handle

    Hi Everyone
    This is a Custom Beer Tap Handle of the Hamilton Crest I just completed.
    Overall dimensions are 8 1/2" tall x 3.75" wide. Walnut Stem and Head. The Intarsia consists of 60 pieces from 9 different woods. The biggest challenge on this project (besides working with lots of little pieces) was bending the 2 ebony bands. I cut the ebony into 3/16" x 1/16" strips then using a woodburning iron heated the strips on the shaft of the iron and formed the circular shapes until they fit. Great trick if you need to make curved shapes. The dime shows the scale of the pieces.
    Challenging little project
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    Mike
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    great work as usual mike!!! that has some great detail..
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    Beautiful work as always Mike!
    Darren

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    Amazed at the small pieces...intact!!! Nice work

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    Amazing! Is that about the limit on small size, or have you done smaller work?

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    Thanks for the comments guys.
    To Ted--60 Pieces in a 3" circle is just about my limit, unless of course someone wants something with more detail -I do like a challenge.
    Mike
    "why buy it if you can build it"
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    Wow! That's amazing!
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    Over the top Mike...very classy!
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    Your work continues to amaze me, Mike.
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    Amazing work Mike! Basically jaw dropping.

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