Kevin Kallaugher (KAL), RavenBeer's artist responsible for our award winning packaging on front cover of a Swiss media magazine
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.
Today, Mark Supik & Co. Woodturning employs Mark’s wife, son, nephew, and niece as well as 3 other woodturners and finishers. The shop produces architectural millwork for historic restorations, custom turnings for furniture makers, and beer taps for microbreweries.
In 1981, Mark began buying old woodworking machines and modifying them for production use. His current collection of lathes (mostly rescued from the scrap piles of local schools and industries) includes 7 vintage Olivers, one with a 96” swing and a 1927 American that will turn a 14’ column.
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.
Mark’s shop becomes a woodturning school on weekends, offering workshops for beginners and more experienced turners. Classes include traditional beginning spindle and bowl technique, advanced spindle and bowls classes and specialty classes for making your own beer tap handle or fiber arts tools.
For more about Mark’s shop and business, see American Woodturner, Oct. 2011, by David Fry or visit www.marksupikco.com.
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