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Just Finished My Second Pipe

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  1. halfy

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    I started making pipes last October... working on it a few hours per week. So, here they are ...

    It's such a looooooot of fun and a huuuuuge amount of happiness to smoke a pipe made by myself!

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  2. cortezattic

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    Those are amazing! Excellent in both taste and execution. Looks like you've been doing this for years!

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    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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    What kind of wood did you use ?

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  4. halfy

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    @jnielson the first one was made from a Mimmo block aged over 10 years, the second was a Makis old block from Greece (the bottom block in the pic).....

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    Beautiful!

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    An acorn and an egg, and you even manage to play with proportions a bit, in a pleasing way. Impressive.

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    I think you're off to an impressive start. I'm not just saying that to blow smoke up your arse either I think they are genuinely good. They are not my type of pipes but it's clear you have a knack for this if they are your first two. I'd like to see that stem work a little closer.

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    What jazz wrote. Very nice indeed!

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    nice job. hard to believe those are your first and second pipes you ever made

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    Great looking pipes for your first attempts. How do they smoke? Do they smoke cool and dry?

    Harris
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    Thanks for the input @jazz, but I like the stem more old school. I really don't appreciate the close stem work nowadays very much, I enjoy the way Bo and JM put the stem a bit distance from the shank ... the problem I found afterwards was about the interlace of aesthetic lines ... powerful Teddy style stem connected to a soft JM-ish stummel, a bit wired.

    @cigrmaster, well, cool and dry should be the bottom line right? My Ivarssons stayed in rack and I smoked the two pipes all these days I used very small drill size (3.5 and 3.3 mm), but with the proper bowl profile and bowl/air way connection it's more flavorful and never get any issue of tight draw, over heat or gurgle. I'll start another thread addressing the aerodynamics in smoking pipes in a couple of days.

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    Thanks for the input @jazz, but I like the stem more old school. I really don't appreciate the close stem work nowadays very much, I enjoy the way Bo and JM put the stem a bit distance from the shank ... the problem I found afterwards was about the interlace of aesthetic lines ... powerful Teddy style stem connected to a soft JM-ish stummel, a bit wired.

    Hmm, I think you may have misunderstood what I was saying. I was simply saying I would like to have a closer look at your stem work. As in button and hole. I believe you can learn a lot about a pipe and its maker from the details in these areas.

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    @jazz, roger 5am here, gonna take a few closer shots tomorrow...

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    Those are both amazing. The second one really speaks to me, I love how the grain transitions from flame on the side to birdseye on the top of the stummel. Masterfully carved. Kudos!

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    They look great. Nice work.

    Make aromatics great again.
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    I took the 2nd pipe with me today, just took a few shots...it's not buffed yet.

    Some shots during the finish.

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    These pipes just blow me away. Your first two? Really?
    I'd very much like to read your thoughts on the aerodynamics.

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    Amazing. You must be some kind of talented artist.

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    They're fabulous. Birdseye, anyone?

    Well done.

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    Well, I'm certainly no expert, respected critic or pipe maker but I can say I'm really impressed with these as first attempts. I was expecting your stem work to be messier than that. I am looking forward to seeing your future work.

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    That birdseye is crazy beautiful!! Congrats, you've done great work, bringing out those eyes.

    Michael
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    That is some beautiful work indeed...hard to believe you've only made two !!

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  23. halfy

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    Thanks fellas for the encouraging words! Constantly when I was carving I got immediately clear that something could have been better done. It was great fun to make something from scratch and I am scratching

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    Considering that these pipes are first and second attempts, they are super impressive! Well freakin' done, halfy!

    RESPECT THE PIPE!
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    Your style is awesome ...I think you need to re-think your job and make pipes your life

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    That birdseye is killer, great piece of wood you got, and a nice job in bringing it out. The stem work also looks really well done. You could have a career seeing these two are just your first attempts.

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    Good stuff for sure, these may be your first pipes but you obviously have some kind of background it turning or some kind of woodwork right? To do an inlay in the mortise like that isn’t just a happy accident, that takes some knowledge and skill to even know how to attempt something like that plus you need to have quite the work shop as I don’t think you could do that with just a dremal tool and a hack saw.... at least, I couldn’t. And if those are truly hand cut stems than another bravo!

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    Thanks guys! Actually I didn't have any background other than collecting and smoking pipes. Though I have been thinking of making pipes for a few years. But I am a lazy guy..... It did not come true until a few months ago, a good friend who loves woodwork reallocated to Luxembourg and he left me all his tools. So all I needed was just ordering some customized drill bits and stuff to get started. Quite a few pipe maker friends helped me and gave me advices on setting up my own workflow, such as but not limited to, Li Bing and John He (he is Toku san's latest pupil and just started his career.).I also benefited from the talks with many carver friends like Zhan Ping, Li Zhesong and Toku san. I enjoy the time shaping the briar and the stem quite much. I did get the feeling in my head that I could see the pipe in the briar and I just followed my guts. And I immediately would know the mistakes I had just made. I had been thinking of making pipes as a career, but I would keep it as a hobby for the moment.

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    Halfy, you have quite a natural talent, and I'm happy for you that you have this opportunity to begin your hobby. You're gifted with an eye for pipe shapes and woodworking! Can't wait to see your next creation!

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    That acorn looks awesome.

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  31. halfy

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    Have a smoke!

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    I've always thought that anyone can do anything that they put their mind to. But, some people just naturally understand the world well enough to figure out how something can be made. Some people just put their minds to something and absorb as much as possible and regurgitate magic. We may ask a few questions, clarify something, or want to watch something being done to see if we have the correct order of something in my mind. But, for the most part, there are just people who come easily to "making."

    Congrats once again!!!

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    Oh very nice indeed!

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    The second pipe is gorgeous!

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    Modified the second pipe ... lowered the bowl, tilted and opened the chamber opening a bit, removed the fin-like part of the shank, thinnered the tenon to eliminate the gap in the mortise, and reshaped the stem ...

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    Wow, beautiful pipe!

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    Very interesting...........

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    There are pipe makers who've been at it a few years who don't have your touch for the craft. Well done, and I too look forward to seeing more from you.

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    Why is it stamped China ?

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    That is amazing work for someone starting out. I think you must be a savant. Good luck with your future pipe carving endeavors, I think you'll do well.

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    Very well done. I will give you your first commission. Could you please make me one of these?

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  42. jazz

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    Harris, you seem to be besotted with that pipe. Honestly, I can see why. I vow, should I become wealthy beyond the dreams of avarice, I shall either commision another or track and buy that exact pipe and just to give to you.

    But... You can only smoke non-cube-cut red Virginia's and rocking horse s**t in it

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    These are truly gorgeous! The second one even more so (though, for my taste, I preferred it with the more asymmetrical bowl it had at first). Beautiful work, I hope you start selling them one day - I'll be in line

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    Great work! Fantastic work considering they are number 1 & 2!

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