Volcano Off The Bench Today - Nice Birdseye

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shikano53

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May 26, 2015
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Just a few pics of this volcano off the bench today. The tiny pits on the bottom are no where near as bad as they appear in the photos.























 

agnosticpipe

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Wow, beauty Chris! Almost a volcano/skater, if volcanos could skate! Very different style, I like it! :clap:

 

newbroom

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Jul 11, 2014
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Immediately eye catching in a pleasant way. A kind of hybrid volcano. Looks like it would be a fun pipe to smoke. Positive tactile feedback looks like a sure thing.

 

mso489

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Gorgeous. What grain, what shaping, what tradition and yet originality, what flow. An A-plus quintile star pipe.

 

shikano53

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Thanks all. I should have taken a bit more off on the left side at the bowl/shank junction chasing the symmetry. I purposely let the shank sides flare a bit toward the bowl instead of keeping it parallel because my reasoning was it fit the aesthetics of what I was trying to accomplish and that's also why I also tried to bring the flared edges as far toward the stem as I could. If I had thought about it more I would have conserved a bit more briar so that I could have taken that flared edge all the way to the stem; but as it is, I'm happy with it. And of course this time around the briar gods were kind to me with the birds-eye and just the tiny pits on the bottom. I don't fill, and those pits are a lot worse looking in the pictures than they are holding the pipe.

A side note about this piece of briar. After I had drilled both the airway and the chamber, I was kinda stumped what to make with it. Usually going in to a block I have an idea but after I put the Rhodesian/bulldog ring around it I thought, OK, now what? My original sketch was billiard but the briar said no.

Then the briar started to sing and what it sang was, "I'm a modified volcano/skater, dumb-ass!"

 

mso489

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Finding the shape in the material. I think some of the Renaissance sculptors were big on that.

 

cosmicfolklore

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Beautiful grain patterns. What did you use for the little design on the stem? Is that an inlaid piece of metal?

 

shikano53

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Thank you all.

Madox07, I think about 14 hours start to finish spread over several days in and out of the shop.

Cosmic; I use a piece of 3/32" brass rod.

 

jeffro

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Jul 18, 2017
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shikano53, your posted photos are gone already. I am curious what the one looks like :?