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Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Pipe for the Pops

A quick video for my youtube friends featuring the second pipe I have made. Pipes 3 and 4 are in the works so stay tuned!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Two Down and ..... Hopefully Many More to Go.

Well I just completed my second pipe and feel that it is a great improvement over the first one, this being said there is still much room for improvement but I'm picking up new techniques each time. One side of the bowl has really nice flamed grain and the other lots of tight birds-eye. This pipe has a lucite stem where as on the first one I used vulcanite. Both stems can be worked fairly easily though the vulcanite is more forgiving. There is a slight flaw in the briar near the top edge of the bowl but I felt that its was not significant enough to deal with directly. Over all I am very pleased with this one and am ready to start the next.

Vid of First Pipe I Made

Saturday, December 10, 2011

It Was Bound to Happen

So after much contemplation and dreaming it has finally happened, I have finished making my first pipe. I have long considered the idea of trying to craft my own pipe, to bring it to form with only my hands and imagination. Fortunately I am no stranger to fabricating things from wood for I have a small, well equipped shop and have for a long time built furniture but never such a noble endeavor as a pipe. Well in short I finally ordered some briar and supplies and went to it. I had envisioned a small robust little nose warmer billiard sort of pipe with a fat stubby stem and that's what I set out to do. After a few hours of work I can call my first attempt done and I find myself quite pleased with the result, a small humble billiard. Tomorrow I will begin my second pipe, this one being a bent stem of some fashion which will present a whole new set of challenges. The first inaugural smoke planed for tomorrow with a bowl of Mac Barens Plum Cake. And oh yes, more briar is on the way lol!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

First Meerschaum

Yes, yes I have already blogged on this pipe but here is a quick video I did about it for my youtube friends, so enjoy it once again! By the way I am about to leave work and go home to crack open my first tin of Mac Barens Plum Cake then let you all know My opinion on it. Oh and possibly review some seasonal beer offerings. Cheers!