I carved this tap handle from a very-old piece of quarter-sawn pine I found in the basement (beautiful grain). It's a relief of the top of a stalk of two-row barley. I mostly picked this subject because it was within my skill level (as opposed to trying to carve a relief of a hop cone or buxom bar maid), but I also liked staggered-yet-flowing pattern. I left it with a pretty rustic/whittled look and finished it with several coats of clear varnish.
Searching didn't reveal that there was a thread for custom tap handles, so unless I missed it I suppose this could be the start of one (though I do recall seeing one for thrifty DIY tap handles at one point).
I bet others on here have done similar projects. Care to share them?