Learning Curve Lovat with Hand Turned Black Ebonite Stem

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shikano53

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May 26, 2015
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This is just a shop pipe. Has several flaws. I did this as a learning pipe and with a lot of comments and tips from the Pipe Makers Forum this is the result. It's not as perfectly round as I would like it. I'm going to break it in with some Balkan Sobranie. Lots of lessons learned on this one. Hopefully the next iteration will be better.












 

saltedplug

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Jul 24, 2016
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You can't be a master until you master the lessons? Hope it smokes well for you!

 

alan73

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Apr 26, 2017
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I'm impressed. I like lovats. How much time invested in making that ?

 

mso489

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Feb 21, 2013
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The shank narrows a bit toward the bowl, but Brebbia went through a whole "thing" marketing similar slightly off proportions. It's a handsome pipe with a lot of dignity, and if it's a good smoker, I think it could be a favorite. I like the finish. I'm not a perfectionist on that score, and generally this looks fine. As a pipe carver, you may have various criticisms, but I think most would like this one. I have a slightly different sense of the Lovat shape, but I'll look that one up. I have what Johs calls a lovat, and it isn't long-shanked, just has the saddle stem, and has the billiard bowl, straight of course.

 

shikano53

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May 26, 2015
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Thanks folks

Alan, it took about 3 12 hour days more or less not counting the time I was watching and reading responses from folks on the PMF.

MSO, yeah, I'm hoping on the next one to show some improvements from lessons learned.

 

newbroom

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Jul 11, 2014
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Chris, the final results are really nice!

Hand turned ebonite stem!

Beautiful finish!

Heck of a shank on that pipe! Nice and long. You tuned the shape nicely too.

I'm sure that would sell for ya, and it should bring enough to more than replace materials.

At this point, you are probably not charging for your labor, or getting paid for it via auctions.

Time for a minimum price point so that you can continue!

By George, I think you're gettin the hang of this pipe making thing!

I await your reception of a really special piece of briar to see it bring out even more of your talent and showcase it

the way it should be, with a spectacular grain and no pits.

 

shikano53

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May 26, 2015
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Hey Mike, all I can say is some days it's one step forward and two steps backwards.

But it's all part of the process.

A little bit of 'pipe making' gallows humor.

Like Halley's comet; 'good' briar only shows up once every 75 years or so.

Like my granddaughter says when I ask her how she did on her math test and her response is, 'major fail' my website is a chronological representation of my 'major fail' projects.

As SWMBO points out when I show her briar flaws, if I charged for labor, I would be making 0.03 cents an hour.

Anyway thanks all for the comments. Onward and sideways! Ooh Raah! :nana:

 

rx2man

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May 25, 2012
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Looks pretty good but I get it. I made my 1st Canadian and its just not perfect. So as you said "shop pipe". I will not put my name on something that is not quite right nor put it up for sale. Smokes good though lol...