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1. The Calabash Project
703TM -NFS
704TM: -NFS
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C 07270
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Pipe 10: NOV06 -SOLD-
Pipe 11: DEC06 -NFS
Pipe 12: DEC06
Pipe 4: OCT06 -SOLD-
Pipe 5: NOV06 -SOLD-
Pipe 6: NOV06 -NFS
Pipe 7: NOV06 -SOLD-
Pipe 8: NOV06 -NFS
Pipe 9: NOV06 -SOLD-
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TM Pipes, The Shop
Thos. Martin
Shaping The Stummels
Tuesday, 23 January 2007
Floor Model
Topic: 703TM -NFS

Posted by thos.martin at 8:19 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 25 January 2007 8:21 PM EST
Sunday, 21 January 2007
all dressed up with no place to go
Topic: 703TM -NFS

Although finshed, this pipe will become mine because it is unacceptable for sale. My third (but not final attempt) at a dress black pipe, although "ok" is not great. I will enjoy this pipe greatly, but could not sell it to you. I will try again at an all black, smooth pipe, but I gotta say, it aint easy.

Time to watch the Patriots play the colts on their march to the Superbowl!

Posted by thos.martin at 4:57 PM EST
Updated: Sunday, 21 January 2007 5:04 PM EST
Thursday, 18 January 2007
Topic: 704TM: -NFS

I had to get this pipe "along" enough for me to bring it North Snowboarding this weekend. All that is left is to sand, stamp and dress. I can finish sanding it in NH next to the wood stove.

Here it is unfinished. The blemishes are what they are.  .   .    .

 but, what could be better than a bottle of Merlot (Ca.), a bottle of VT maple syrup, and an Italian briar? The clear stem looks better than in photographs.

Posted by thos.martin at 8:32 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 19 January 2007 2:22 PM EST
Shine on, Roman Lighthouse
Topic: 704TM: -NFS

This wood from Michael Parks is very nice Italian Briar. Very nice. This will be a large pipe, sort of fluted with nice grain. (This isn't even the best side.)

The other side has awesome flamegrain with what looks like a seam down the middle. Have you seen the top of a nice guitar,or table. It appears bookmatched but is completely natural.


The stem is clear acrylic and is taped for protection. It just needed to be on the stummel during shaping so I could sense the overall proportions and line. I did unfortuneately drill the tobacco chamber a bit too deep, so I filled the bottom with "pipemud" which I believe will actually afford a drier smoke as it absorbs moisture at the heel, like having a built in charcoal filter.

Posted by thos.martin at 5:57 PM EST
Wednesday, 17 January 2007
What Goes under a black dress?
Topic: 703TM -NFS

Not a black slip, an undercoat. This is one option I was told to try in order to achieve a nice black dress finish on a smooth pipe; a black under coat. This is it; can't tell you what it is because it is actually someone elses trade secret told to me in confidence.

This pipe, dubbed "the tophat," will be classy with its shiny black finish, black carbonised bowl (inside), and black lucite stem from

Posted by thos.martin at 5:51 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 18 January 2007 8:45 AM EST
"A Pipe"
Topic: Other News

From Weber's Guide to Pipes and Pipe Smoking by Carl Weber:

"A Pipe is nothing more than a bowl to hold burning tobacco, and a tube through which the smoke may be drawn into the mouth. But this seemingly simple device is the reulst of a suprising amount of skill, industry, and science."


Posted by thos.martin at 11:39 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 17 January 2007 11:42 AM EST
Tuesday, 16 January 2007
More important than pipes
Topic: Other News

... visted my friend at Mass General after work tonight. Its hard to get on in the shop when there are so many more important things in life. That said, I have spent more time sanding the two pipes in progress and good things are happening in the shop or elsewhere. I've been doing the sanding upstairs with family.

To summarize lessons learned lately:

  • Its only wood!
  • Good sandpaper with cloth backing is worth its weight in gold
  • Buy good briar. Buy the best you can afford. If you wreck it,
  • Its only wood!

And I almost forgot; I've seen this in two pipemaking forums relative to the briar. (Simply) take away, what's not the pipe. Easy. . .

Posted by thos.martin at 11:34 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 17 January 2007 11:39 AM EST
Monday, 15 January 2007
What do you call...
  • Q:  What do you call toilet paper and Duct tape wrapped around a bloody finger?

A:   A man-daid

Posted by thos.martin at 6:18 AM EST
Sunday, 14 January 2007
Roman Lighthouse
Topic: 704TM: -NFS


Posted by thos.martin at 11:13 AM EST
Saturday, 13 January 2007
More important things in life
Topic: 703TM -NFS

There are obviously more important things in life than pipes, jobs, or money. Of course. Take a minute to call a friend who has slipped away, or if your estranged from your family, for God's sake don't be. . .

What remains to be done on this pipe:

  1. Fix registration of stem to shank
  2. sand
  3. stain
  4. polish
  5. Sell!



Posted by thos.martin at 11:06 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, 18 January 2007 9:26 PM EST
Friday, 12 January 2007
briar received
Topic: Other News

Today after much "ado," I recieved the most beautiful Italian briar from Michael Parks. There are pieces that I'll need to set aside for a while until I am worthy. Seriously!

 Also, spent the night updating the website rather than sanding in the shop.

Posted by thos.martin at 8:49 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 12 January 2007 9:01 PM EST
Wednesday, 10 January 2007
These Are The Pieces
Topic: 703TM -NFS

     These are the pieces that make up a memory-  Adam Duritz















Posted by thos.martin at 7:45 PM EST
Tuesday, 9 January 2007
The Cutaways
Topic: 703TM -NFS

Still a little miffed in regards to staining pipes (that haven't been rusticated) black. 702 didn't come out as expected. I expected it black. I ran it by the guys in the pipemakers forum @ christian pipesmokers and learned that it can be a problem for everyone and that it isn't easy. Anyway i got a few more tricks up my sleeve, and am pleased with the way 703 is progressing. And I am still in search of my briar which is sort of lost in Canada since the 4th, thats 11 days! Anyway, it'll get here. Here is where 703 is at:



Posted by thos.martin at 8:19 PM EST
Last pipe of 1940's Briar
Topic: 703TM -NFS


Posted by thos.martin at 8:01 PM EST
Monday, 8 January 2007

Gifted to my Brother in-law:

Posted by thos.martin at 8:13 PM EST
Topic: Other News
  • For all intents and purposes, the shop was closed Sunday.


  • Briar shipment is here:
    2007/01/04 20:53MISSISSAUGA, ON

Posted by thos.martin at 9:39 AM EST
Friday, 5 January 2007
Flame Grain?
Topic: 702TM -GIFTED

No, just staining PIPE 702TM as described yesterday or the day
before (6 coats, 6 days, dress black, burning off the alchohol etc.)


Posted by thos.martin at 5:34 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 5 January 2007 5:38 PM EST
Cost of Doing Business
Topic: 701TM -PITCHED

Pipe 701TM dies while stamping it after
15-20 hours of work was put into it. . .



Posted by thos.martin at 5:27 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 5 January 2007 6:19 PM EST
Thursday, 4 January 2007
I Didn't Forget Aboutcha!
Topic: 702TM -GIFTED
Pipe 702TM, of the Raven Series, is about shaped, and almost ready for staining! Pics coming soon. This pipe will before sale in the shop upon completion (1 week.) If interested, feel free to e-mail me at It will be in the fifty dollar range including shipping!

Posted by thos.martin at 8:41 PM EST
Wednesday, 3 January 2007
Dress Black Pipes
Topic: 701TM -PITCHED

'Dress Black Pipes," a phrase I believe coined by Dunhill, refers to a deeply black pipe, or in there case with reddish undertones. It is also considered more formal a pipe for "dressier" occasions.

Unfortuneatley in more recent years it has been negatively associated with pipes made of lessor qualtiy briar. Not always true. I like Black pipes which is why I started the Raven Series, and made the "Blackfriar" for myself.

 True the briar wasn't of the finest quality, but is in now way inferior. and, neither would I be crazy enough to stain a straight grain black, but please enjoy them for there awesom finish. The "Blackfriar" didn't end up as deeply black as I wanted so I researched staining on and learned the following about stains:

  • Typically used leather dyes (alcohol based) do not raise the grain.
  • Plan on using 6 coats with a day between each coat.
  • After applying the coat, set it o fire to burn off the alchohol to set the stain. (Buffs off less, and is fun to do!)

These facts will be put into practice on this pipe (701TM) and 702TM, and everyother black pipe hereafter.

I finished coat one on 01TM today. Remeber, this pipe is spoken for and will not be offered for sale.

Posted by thos.martin at 8:06 PM EST

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