StickmanHardware

Customized Tap Handles Handcrafted in The Bluegrass

Lexington, Kentucky · 824 Sales

StickmanHardware

Customized Tap Handles Handcrafted in The Bluegrass

Lexington, Kentucky 824 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars
(212)

Announcement   Welcome to the Stickman Hardware Etsy store!

Stickman Hardware designs and builds customized hardwood tap handles for homebrewers and beer lovers, using hardwoods such as walnut, cherry, padauk and bubinga and inset chalkboards to create tap handles which are both aesthetically pleasing as well as functional.

I offer a 10% discount to current or former US Military members. Contact me through Etsy Conversations for details!

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 31, 2017

Welcome to the Stickman Hardware Etsy store!

Stickman Hardware designs and builds customized hardwood tap handles for homebrewers and beer lovers, using hardwoods such as walnut, cherry, padauk and bubinga and inset chalkboards to create tap handles which are both aesthetically pleasing as well as functional.

I offer a 10% discount to current or former US Military members. Contact me through Etsy Conversations for details!

John Spicer

Contact shop owner

John Spicer

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(212)
Kia Crane

Kia Crane on Jun 20, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Got this as a Fathers Day gift for my husband and he loves it! It's very well made and looks great!

westowell

westowell on Jun 19, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Seller helped me to create taps that my husband LOVES! Fast shipping, quick responses, so happy!

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About

A love of design (and home brewing) leads to a fascination for custom woodworking

Following in my father's footsteps, I earned a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1997. Shortly thereafter I moved to Lexington Kentucky, in the heart of the Bluegrass.

I love cooking, and I love to design, so when I started homebrewing back in 2001 it opened up a world of gadgets and opportunities to create new things. A couple years later, when I started kegging, I realized that one of the creative outlets I would miss was making labels for all of the bottles.

So I started making wood tap handles for each beer that I brewed; beers like "Mango Unchained", a mango wheat beer, or "Hostile Witness", a Belgian Wit. Eventually I realized that I was enjoying making the tap handles more than the beer itself! But I could only make so much beer.

At that time I started selling tap handles to other homebrewers in Lexington. I found that I loved the creative process and working with others to make something that was special to them. Something that was smooth and robust, and gives them a showcase to display their creations and brand. The more handles I made, the more I branched out into different hardwoods. I found that I enjoyed the different grain patterns and the wood color coming alive when applying that first coat of finish.

In 2014 I opened a shop on Etsy to bring my designs and products to a wider audience. I use 10 different species of hardwoods, and the only wood I stain is Walnut. Otherwise, the color you see in the pictures is the natural color of the finished wood.

I enjoy working with my customers on something that will be special to them and their loved ones. Every custom graphic design is prototyped digitally and verified with the customer. Once the customer is happy with the design, I begin the process of engraving and hand painting the design into the tap handle.

I look forward to working with you!

John Spicer
Owner, Stickman Hardware

Shop members

  • John Spicer

    Owner, Designer, Customer Service

    I am a Mechanical Engineer, woodworker, and long time homebrewer who lives in Lexington, Kentucky with my wife, Merinda, and our 2 Cardigan Welsh Corgis (Porter and Stout). I love custom work, and I'd love to work with you!

  • Stout

    Assistant, Duck Herder

    Stout is a 6 year old Cardigan Welsh Corgi from Waddy, Kentucky. He keeps my feet warm in the winter while I'm designing new products. His specialty is herding sheep and ducks, which will come in handy if we ever get sheep or ducks.

  • Porter

    Assistant, Agility Master (ret.)

    Porter is a 12 year old Cardigan Welsh Corgi from Waddy, Kentucky. He is a former AKC Preferred National Agility Champion. Now he makes sure I get up bright and early every day and guards the house from squirrels and opossums.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 25, 2017

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
I understand that sometimes what looks good in a photograph might not live up to expectations when in hand. If you wish to return an item you may do so as long as you contact me within 1 month from the date received. I will refund your payment (minus shipping charges) as long as the item is returned in the same condition it was shipped.

Returns on customized products are subject to a $15 restocking fee per item.
Payment
Payment via Paypal, credit card, or Etsy Gift Card is accepted.

I offer a 10% discount to current or former US Military members. Contact me through Etsy Conversations for details!
Shipping
Default shipping is USPS First Class Mail. Customers in the United States have the option to upgrade to USPS Priority Mail.

To minimize shipping costs, when possible I use bubble mailer packaging. All items are shipped via the shipping method chosen at checkout.
International customers will be responsible for any customs charges.
Additional policies and FAQs
I love custom orders! Please send custom order requests through Etsy Conversations. I will send a digital prototype of each custom design through Etsy Conversations for your approval prior to making the parts.