RavenBeer partners with internationally acclaimed, wood carver and fellow Baltimorean, Mark Supik to design its tap handles. Mark first encountered studio woodturning as an undergraduate at the Maryland Institute College of Art studying sculpture. While in school, Mark attended one of Albert LeCoff’s first woodturning conferences in 1976. After graduating, he worked for several woodworking businesses before starting his own shop in one of Baltimore’s old industrial neighborhoods.
Our tap handles have won gold medals and awarded best of show in international packaging competitions put on by Tastings.com. Daily Meal voted them in the top 25 in the world and Thrillist rated them in the top 23 in the US.
The shop produces architectural millwork for historic restorations, custom turnings for furniture makers, and beer taps for microbreweries. Turning a few wooden beer tap handles for a local microbrewery in 1991, led to what is now 50% of Mark’s business, producing over 10,000 beer tap handles last year for microbreweries all over the country. The explosion in the microbrew industry has created an increased demand for unique handles. With many handle mass produced, overseas, the company has found a market by specializing in solid wood handles, mostly turned, and often made from reclaimed materials.
For more about Mark’s shop and business, see American Woodturner, Oct. 2011, by David Fry or visit www.marksupikco.com.
To purchase our RavenBeer Poe tap handles, visit our online store