Topic: 701TM -PITCHED
Pipe 701TM dies while stamping it after
15-20 hours of work was put into it. . .
'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 pipemakersforum.com and learned the following about stains:
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.
This pipe is not finished but is already "spoken for." It was carved, by hand on the only marble bridge in North America. It is 15 feet thick and spans a distance of 30 feet across the chasm. The marble in the bridge was formed when limestone, a rock made of ocean sediments, was subjected to tremendous pressure and high temperatures during mountain building. The heat and pressure transformed the limestone into marble.
This is a favorite spot of mine. Romantic writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne, visited here in 1838 and recorded his experience about Hudson's Cave (or Falls) in An American Notebook "The cave makes a fresh impression on me every time I visit it ... so deep, so irregular, so gloomy, so stern."
Note: pipe 701TM is already "spoken for." I am smoking a 19th century boxwood pipe from China. It is carved with a dragon and sports a wooden stem. It seemed fitting to smoke it here... My dog was very scared, she doesn't like stairs let alone rocky gorges!
Pipe 701TM (and 702TM) are part of the "Raven" series sometimes refered to as the Blackfriar. Thse pipes will have the Blackrock finish: handcarved with knife, and stained balck; Raven black. You'll see I start the pipe on the drill press which my wife bought for me for Christmas.
Its hard getting used to new equpiment which mandates a new process, but its "all good." It already has made the two holes (chamber and draft) easier to drill. I decided to try a third hole whic will serve as a "stop cut" for where I believe to be the hardest joint on the pipe, because its a blind cut. You can not see the intersection until you remove the wood. I noticed on other forums, tha many new makers struggle with. This method helps, but of course you'll need to make sure the stop-hole is where you approxiamtely want the intersect to be.
Also something unique to me, is using the hole saw to shape the outside of the bowl, where the majority of makers use a lathe. I do own an antique treadle lathe not disimilar to what was used in Merrschuam Pipemaking. Mine is retrofitted with a motor, and I just dont like using it. Maybe someday. In the meantime My method is a more than adequate work around, sepecially for billiard variations. It serves well, also, in drilling a pilot hole for the tobacco chamber.
Please consider buying this pipe. It will be posted for sale at the TM Pipe Shop once complete. It will sell for $50 USD or less.
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