|Project by Pooka||posted 04-30-2009 04:59 AM||1588 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
This is a briar pipe I made. The color is a turquoise aniline dye. Complicated project because it’s construction is comprise of three mortise-and-tenon joints on the stem. You can see the ebonite ring in the first picture, which has a tenon on each end, inserted into the briar both directions. The bit end also has a tenon inserted into the wood (called a shank-extension). The top is the outside of the briar burl (plateaux). Finally, the little foot on there is set up so that the whole pipe balances on it.
The cool thing I learned about this pipe (in addition to figuring out how to get these mortise-tenon sets straight along with the required air-hole running clean through) is that briar can be wire brushed as if it was sand-blasted to relieve the grain. So there’s a subtle texture to the wood.
-- Slice, whack, smack, bang bang, sploosh, scrape, done.