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Thos. Martin
Shaping The Stummels
Tuesday, 17 April 2007
auto-seams
Topic: 715TM

Auto-seams; like where the hood meets the qtr panel, or where the door meets the rocker panel. Etc Cetera. It was intentional. Its my pipe, I can do what I want, for example:

The draft hole is drilled as per sketch such that the bowl becomes more like the meerschaum cup in a calabash which draws from dead-center. This pipe smoked great, burbed perfectly even despite my sloppy packing technique, and stayed lit even when it seemed like all was lost. Just a gentle draw and presto, smoke.

I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel here but its all about learning, what works and doesn't work, and why. I also used this pipe to experiment with the black dress finish (try no. 5) and am satisfied with the results but not finished finishing this one yet. I am going to finish when (and if) my shop ever warms up. The carnuba wax should be easier to apply.

Goodnight Mr.s Calabash, where ever you are!


Posted by thos.martin at 5:57 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 17 April 2007 6:17 PM EDT
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Monday, 16 April 2007
Almost Finished
Topic: 715TM

PIPE 715TM, is just waiting to be finished. It is experimental and look it: angular if not art deco with a hint to modern automobile design, joinery obvious, shiny and black... decidedly industrial.

Pics to be posted later today...


Posted by thos.martin at 8:34 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 11 April 2007
Briar Rose
Topic: 715TM

aka: Little Brier-Rose, 1812 (Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm), now commonly known as Sleeping Beauty...

"Briar Rose"
by Tristan Elwell

Jane Yolan (Tor/Starscape Editions, March '02)
  The 18th Annual Chesley Awards
Winner, Best Cover Illustrations, Paperback Books


OK, so I've lost days to a Bulging Disc/Occipatal Neuralgia either in pain, or asleep, or both. I miss the shop but mostly I just want to be a DAD again. I feel like I haven't "been there" for my son because I've beenmiserable, cranky, in pain, or asleep for hours and hours and hours... I want to make pipes!!!!

I've spent a little time in the shop, and apparently too much time based on the pain I'm in today. I am working on a symmetrical pipe and also my FITH try at a dress black finish.

I've learned: that eubachon blocks are harder to work with than plateaux because they lack grain and are more brittle. But, they are "pithy" and there fore more absorbent.

I am learning that smaller blocks aren't necceasirly easier too work with simply because there is less wood to remove. There is also less room for error which takes me to the pont of sanding (and shaping) with intention. Be mindful and your pipe will thank you for it.


Posted by thos.martin at 8:14 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 11 April 2007 8:33 AM EDT
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