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!