Jolly Green Giant

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Project by alaskadiver posted 12-23-2009 12:23 AM 1993 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a large bent freehand briar pipe that is resting on a similar size piece of raw briar. I use alcohol based stains for the color, this one has 4 layers of stain and a final polishing with carnuba wax.

-- "Nothing is worse than a brilliant picture of a fuzzy concept"--Ansel Adams

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#1 posted 12-23-2009 01:28 AM

Beautiful piece! That grain is wild!

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#2 posted 12-23-2009 01:35 AM

Very nice. I hadn’t heard of Briar before. Looked it up though:
Almost looks like patinated bronze.

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#3 posted 12-23-2009 01:42 AM

niiice look like it deserve a smoker who presiat good handwork


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#4 posted 12-23-2009 01:49 AM

Interesting piece well done.

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#5 posted 08-06-2010 10:10 PM

Nice work and burl!

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#6 posted 09-14-2010 05:29 PM

I was wondering if you could describe the contrast staining process. I have been trying to find a good procedure so I can add a nice finish to my 1st pipe. :)

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#7 posted 09-14-2010 08:28 PM

@groy87, I hope you like hand sanding! How I got the contrasting tone was to use a black alcohol based stain first at the 400 grit level of sanding. Then sand down till just the grain is dark. Then I did green stain and sanded 600, green again 800, green again 1000, gold stain and 0000 steel wool. Then polish with white rougue and seal with carnuba wax. The hard park is getting the stain even then sanding evenly each time. It took a long time to get the layers to look good. I’m not an expert but starting dark and working light is how I got this look. Clean the pipe after you sand with a soft shop rag and wait a few minutes before switching grits as it may darken slightly once cleaned. I use a denatured alcohol leather stain and a cotton ball applicator that comes with the stain and also q-tips work great. Just go slow or you may have to start over. Pimo Pipe Craft out of vermont is a great resource and supply outlet. Let me know if you have any further questions, good luck!

-- "Nothing is worse than a brilliant picture of a fuzzy concept"--Ansel Adams

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#8 posted 09-15-2010 01:43 AM

THANKS! The one question that I have is that I was thinking about trying to dye mine blue and should I be worried about turning the entire piece green when I apply the final coat of yellow?? The reason I ask is because I wasn’t sure if the previous coats are somewhat sealed from the additional coats..

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