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Shaping The Stummels
Sunday, 4 March 2007
708 Finished!
Topic: 708 -NFS
 Part of the Van Gogh series of peasant pipes!
As you can see, it is a pic Axe with what I call cuffs & collars. The collar is the top rim and is the outer edge of the burl, what Michael parks calls "burl top." The cuff if where the shank meets the stem, and in this case the stem is set into the shank.. the shank becomes a sleeve for the stem, hence the name cuff. I do not know of other designs like this except for pipes with "fancy" stems but, the mortise is flush to the outer edge.
The finish was inspired by the smokey looking stem, kind of "where form meets fashion."  I decided to stain the pipe almos like the sunburst finish on an electric guitar except the them of this pipe being smoke and fire... flame.. grain.. From bottom to top, this pipes looks like a burning ember: flame red to black smoke.
Looks Hot, Smokes Cool!

Posted by thos.martin at 1:45 PM EST
Updated: Monday, 5 March 2007 12:14 PM EST
Wednesday, 28 February 2007
Pipe 708 doesn't make it past QC
Topic: 708 -NFS

I thought I was nearing completion with Pipe 708 but my wife told me what I alredy knew but didn't want to admit. It needs to be either carved or smoothe. I had sanded down some of the carving trying to tone it done a little and it just looked a little crappy so I need to continue sanding and make it smooth. IT will be nice.

My brother once told me, while fishing with a rubber worm, "if you think your reeling it in too slow, your not reeling it in slow enough." This translates to piemaking as well:

 "When you think your done sanding, you need to sand some more."

Posted by thos.martin at 12:08 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 4 March 2007 1:05 PM EST
Monday, 26 February 2007
Pipe proletarienne
Topic: 708 -NFS


In continuation of the Van Gogh peasant pipe inspiration, 708 or pipe proletarienne, I hand carved with a knife, complete with cuts and divots.

Unique to this pipe are the matt black cuffs: the rim of the bowl and the end of the shank. (see pics above) These are in response to the four "dress black" pipes I tried so earnestly to make, never satisfied with the black. Short of soaking the briar, I tried everything. Anyway Cuffs; you saw them here first.

Other pipes in the series:




Also important to note, growing up, this (Artco) planter sat on the windowsill, above the sink. I own the house now, and it still sits thereabouts reminding me of my childhood and forcasting the pipemaker I came to be!





Posted by thos.martin at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 27 February 2007 6:37 AM EST

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