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Blog entry by mafe posted 01-30-2017 12:39 AM 3221 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Pipes get new life
in memory of Madts’ father

I had the pleasure to meet up with our LJ friend Madts a few times when he visited Copenhagen, last time he was there the occasion was one of the tough facts of life, his father had left us and he came to say goodbye.
Madts was so kind to think of me and one of the things he thought I should have was a handful of his fathers old pipes, pipe tools and some good tobacco. I am and was touched by this gesture, thanks Madts.


The pipes were of all kinds and conditions.


All of them needed a good clean up, Madts’ father was one of the real old school pipe smokers, who really smoked a pipe and build up coke in the chamber until it could not be stuffed no more.


This is a way of protecting the pipes wood from getting too hot.
(I am cleaning my pipes often and then smoking them gentle and use whiskey on the pipe cleaner to add flavour).


So chambers and stems cleaned.


I also cleaned the outside.


That left the pipes with no gloss.


So a little oil.


And you can see the life comes back.


Next was a polish to recover the shine.


Stems also.
The one on the left were the test stem.
The one on right how they looked.


Repeat a lot and I end up with a bunch of pipes that can be smoked from now.


Some were not to save, so a few got different new life’s.
Here one gets drilled out…


Neck cut of, cleaned and shaped a wee.


Dye brings out the contrasts.
A lid formed from a piece of buffalo horn.


Here one that had to give in, as you can see it was really smoked to it’s final.
I really respected this and had a feel I got a wee closer to the father of Madts for a second.


I attached the lid with a brass rod and like this it got a new life and form.


A small box for tobacco on the go.
I use it when taking a walk in the forest or going for a visit where I need a extra smoke or two.


The hole was closed by a contrasting wood.


Also made this foolish little fellow, just for the fun of it.


It is a grease pot.


Like this I got wax for the pipes.


A broken pocket knife provided the blade for this little pipe knife.


It also got a lid and a wood sheath for the blade.


New purposeses.


Storage in different forms.


Like this I can bring a pocket knife and tobacco in a elegant way.


With this last picture I will send a thank you to Madts and a warm thought to his dad, hope he is at peace and with a good pipe of tobacco.

Perhaps this can inspire to bring new life, to send love to those who are no longer here and to appreciate friendships.

Best thoughts,

Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.



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madts

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#1 posted 01-30-2017 12:57 AM

Pretty cool Mads. I am so glade that you bring them back to life in whatever form.

—Madts.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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mafe

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#2 posted 01-30-2017 01:16 AM

A friend asked me once, if I was not worried what happened to all my tools when I pass away, I answered from my heart; no, as long as I made them a little better while they were in my hands. My grandfather learned me: if we borrow something, we should always deliver it back a little better, than when we got it. As I see it we don’t own anything we borrow it for a while and the only thing that is really ours is our life, so we need to be grateful and fill it up with joy, looking at your fathers pipes, I can see he had a sense of that and I feel proud to get to borrow them for a while.
As said, I am the one who says thanks.
Best of my thoughts to you and the family,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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madts

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#3 posted 01-30-2017 01:44 AM

Duplicate.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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kiefer

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#4 posted 01-30-2017 01:50 AM

Well said and done Mads
You are so right in your thinking and appreciating these lovely pipes giving them more time with some careful restoration . I am sure Madts fully appreciates this and is grateful for you honoring his Father .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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lew

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#5 posted 01-30-2017 02:12 AM

I can smell the wonderful, soft aroma of the tobacco from here.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#6 posted 01-30-2017 10:17 AM

Looks like there are many fine hours of life enjoyed in those old pipes. And many more during and after the restoration as well.
Of course the pipe-pocket knife and pipe-greasepot had to be invented by you! While reading i almost expected to find that you had also made a pipe-firesteel with flint and mushroom-boiled-in-horse-pee inside..

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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shipwright

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#7 posted 01-30-2017 02:12 PM

Well done my friend.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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Bricofleur

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#8 posted 01-30-2017 02:59 PM

Clever reuse my friend ! To be remembered.

Best,
Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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tyvekboy

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#9 posted 01-30-2017 05:08 PM

Nice job of restoring the pipes and repurposing the others.

What is your method of finishing off the bowls? Stain? Wax? Buffing? Some of my pipes need some TLC.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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Druid

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#10 posted 02-02-2017 05:39 AM

Really interesting blog Mads. I like the beauty of your craftsmanship, and also the beauty in your comment to Madts.
Well done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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mafe

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#11 posted 02-03-2017 01:57 AM

Hi guys,
Thank you all for the fine words, always warms my heart and trust me it is cold now in Copenhagen.
Druid, a pipe smoke must have the right eye for making stuff from pipes, or at least he knows how to hold one, thanks.
tyvekboy, all of them… When tired they get sanding up to grid 1200 then, stain 1-3 colors, oil, polish, wax. If they are fair, I just buff them with a polish and wax.
Brico, thanks, long time, lovely to see you here, guess life have wings there also.
Ship, smiles my dear Paul, smiles.
Kærlighedsbamsen, laughing big time here, yes that could be me! No I think the pipe have got a new sound now…
Lew, here also, smiles.
Kiefer, I think Mads know me by now. ;-)
Madts, hug you back.
Best thoughts to all of you,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Roger

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#12 posted 02-18-2017 05:41 PM

You’re the pipe master Mads. Very well done.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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mafe

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#13 posted 02-19-2017 11:04 PM

Smoking Roger! Peace and thanks. ;-)
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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CFrye

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#14 posted 02-26-2017 12:22 AM

You learned well from your Grandfather, Mads, and teach us as you share. I love all the re-purposing you’ve done with these pipes. I smiled when I saw the grease box :-)

-- God bless, Candy

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mafe

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#15 posted 02-27-2017 12:15 AM

Smiles Candy, yes he was wise at times. He was a former navy Commander and retired early, then bought a farm and became self-sufficient there, even grew from seeds a whole forest and planted every tree with his own hands.
Yes I had to make a grease box… could not help my self. Laugh.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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