Carving a pipe
Some time ago I had visitor in my shop, Eric the artist and traveler.
You can read about that here: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/47622 .
Just before his visit I had bought some vintage pipes and found out both Eric and I have a love for beautiful things.
So I ordered two predrilled pipe heads and two mouthpieces, it was the idea that we should have worked on them in my shop, but time was short, so it became a farvel gift, one for Eric and one for me.
Then we agreed, that we would finish them and hopefully one day, to meet Again to smoke them.
Last month Eric send me a mail with this Photo attached.
He finished his pipe.
Beautiful I think, really elegant and in balance with the mouthpiece.
Before starting I made a Little cutting with the drawknife, a hold for the cutting.
So it was time for me to get started, a beautiful day, sun and a smile on my lip.
I cut the first rough out on the band saw (even I felt like cheating).
From here it was just to start cutting.
And carving on the bench in the sun outside the shop.
Few hours later I was ready to test smoke it.
It has a wonderful draft.
Here it is resting on my wonderful new plane, ash on ash…
I made cutting into the mouthpiece also, to make the rustic surface match.
Added my burn mark.
Oil and Wax finish.
Might get some more coats once in a while.
Only rubbed by hand, since I wanted the carving marks to be clear and crisp and the Wear to become visible in time.
This might become a new favorite.
Thank you for watching my pipe adventure.
Hope this can bring some inspiration, perhaps some smoke rings.
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.