The Pipes, the pipes are calling...

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Project by HandsOgold posted 06-15-2007 07:31 PM 2365 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

from glenn to glenn….......damn Im getting carried away. Anywho these are the other kinda pipe. The first two I carved a generation ago and have enjoyed time and time again. The last was made this year and has just commenced service. Perhaps carved is too strong. Sanded and shaped more accurate. I did the first after seeing a “Kaywoodie” handmade that was retailing in the “old” days for FIFTY bucks.Today the price on that baby would be sky high. I was very lucky in mine in that the grain is impeccable. For those not familiar with briar graining. The front is refered to as “flamegrain” the most desireable of outcomes. The side is “birdseye” the next level of serendipities. (When one picks up a chunk of briar burl, the grain is never apparent, like in trees, lol) But lumber grain is visible when sawn and you can select your boards. Briar must be worked to see what’s inside. Many times a great piece of wood has a pit inside that wont sand away and has to be sandblasted for a different effect. (thats why you only see the LEFT side of the last pipe) One might go thru 500-1000 blocks to locate the material in pipe one. (Boy was I LUCKY). I sanded to shape, bored the smoke channels, finished in spar varnish and sent to a professional stem fitter for mouthpiece. The second is similar in grain and construction, only I left it to absorb hand oils to finish naturally. The last pipe shows flame grain in perfection, a “sunburst” vertical pattern. The top is natural briar burl, the NEW look in handmade pipes. Without the pit on the other side, this could have been a $1000 pipe. (ive seen them selling for that and you can imagine my dismay as the pit spec only got LARGER the more i attempted to sand out. ) Pipes make a great gift (for pipe smokers, of course.) Pipe making materials are available online and at ebay. Again please enlarge photos to see the details ive mentioned

-- Dan

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#1 posted 06-15-2007 07:41 PM

These are beautiful pipes, it’s been a long time but I used to smoke a bowl occationally. Jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Joel Tille

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#2 posted 06-15-2007 07:54 PM

Fabulous, absolutely fabulous. It is not always easy to get that kind of grain to show up well in a photo, but you captured it nicely. Joel

-- Joel Tille

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#3 posted 06-15-2007 08:20 PM

Wonderful pipes!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 06-15-2007 09:25 PM

Well in the last one, at least you got a smoker.

Great looking pipes.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#5 posted 06-15-2007 11:03 PM

I quit last year (Pressure from she who must be obeyed), but I still have all my pipes – Just in case I start again. Fantastic looking pipes – I’d be proud to have one of those in my collection.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#6 posted 06-15-2007 11:21 PM

you don’t have to be a smoker to enjoy one of these!! Beautiful piece of art.
I’d love to see the top as well as “go over to the other side” to check out what all the talk is about :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 06-15-2007 11:24 PM

Awesome! Congratulations, you win
some ebony! See pic:
Hopefully you’ll choose to make another pipe.

I like good Tobbacco, think I’ll start puffin after I retire on my own hand made pipe. Thanks for the inspiration.

Hey amigo, I came accross some ebony pieces while trying to mill a rootball. To claim winnings just pay shipping.

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#8 posted 06-16-2007 12:00 AM

Very pretty. I’ve never smoked, but they look great.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 06-16-2007 12:06 AM

Wow! Those are just great! Thanks for showing us!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 06-16-2007 06:08 AM

very cool pipes…..they would be an addition to a pipe collection

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#11 posted 06-16-2007 06:12 AM

Great work. I guess mostly smokere make pipes? Thanks for the heads up on imported wood, I intend to get some soon.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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Bob Babcock

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#12 posted 06-16-2007 06:33 AM

Very nice….

-- Bob

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#13 posted 06-16-2007 08:29 AM

Not sure which is best – the pipes or the photography, o.k., the pipes win – excellent pieces. How do you bore the main chamber? Do you use a Forestner bit, or a router bit (for the rounded effect in the bowl?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#14 posted 06-16-2007 12:56 PM

Brings back good memories of my granddads wonderful smelling pipe tobacco, while he was watching a baseball game on tv and listenening to another on the radio at the same time.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#15 posted 06-17-2007 01:49 PM


-- Jesus is Lord!

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