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My Scottie Piersel Commission

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  • Started 2 years ago by bluegrassbrian
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  1. bluegrassbrian

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    A recent interest in pencil shanks coupled with posts showing off other members Piersel pipes lead me to a search for one of my own. There was one at Smokers Haven I liked and I sent Scottie an email with a question.

    It didn't take long for her to make it abundantly clear the timing was right for a commission..so who am I to disagree?
    Why not get exactly what I want for essentially the same price?

    So, a dozen or so emails later we have an almost finished pipe.
    Here's some of the many work in progress pics she was gracious enough to send me (so as to keep me salivating, I'm sure).

    The details are: Scottie series. 7" oal. 1.5" x .75" Chamber. Dark, dark sandblast/yellow swirl Bakelite ring/denim blue ebonite stem.
    The shape I wanted was a minimally tapered brandy or like..a billiard/egg hybrid. Luckily, Ladybriar knew where I was going and did a helluva job rendering what I was trying to communicate.









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  2. bluegrassbrian

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    Only a few finishing touches left.
    I should be puffing along merrily by the end of the week.

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  3. texmexpipe

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    Beautiful pipe. I love seeing the pics of the process.

    Procrastinate Later. - I'll say this one day!
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  4. bluegrassbrian

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    I've been an ardent knife collector for many years, so custom knife commissions are nothing new to me.
    Pipe-wise, this is my first. Very similar procedures. Worrisome too, because I know this won't be my last. I already have another idea planned for Scottie to bring to life.

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  5. lohengrin

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    Wow!

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  6. fitzy

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    Wow congrats. That's a beautiful pipe.

    "These are ghosts that are more at home in a girdle-filled drawer than one of my pipes." Quote by Neil Archer Roan on lakeland ghosts
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  7. beefeater33

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    Fantastic Pipe! I like that color combo too......... What will be the inaugural smoke?........

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  8. skraps

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    Scottie never disappoints. Gorgeous pipe.

    I can assure you the bug will bite you again... I know from experience.

    "People are not made better by a briar. An idiot before smoking a pipe is still an idiot after smoking a pipe, they're just more likely to speak less drivel with something in their mouth. For that, all society should be grateful."

    - Bob Runowski
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  9. chasingembers

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    Looks to be a great hand filler, and a wonderful texture. Have never seen blue ebonite before, and it compliments the yellow Bakelite very well. Next year will be my seventh Bruce Weaver commission, so from experience, you're screwed. Once that bug bites, it don't let go.

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  10. kcghost

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    Very nice pipe. Scottie can really carve.

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  11. bluegrassbrian

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    Inaugural smoke will definitely be from another Kansas City Pipe Club member..
    Either McClelland St James Woods or Blackwoods. Both are staples in my tobacco rotation, and both are "oily" flakes that make tremendous cakes.

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    Oh, my that's one gorgeous piece! I got a Scottie at the LV show, and will post pix when I get a chance. I am still in LV, home tomorrow.

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  13. sablebrush52

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    Scottie DOES know how to carve a great pipe! Congratulations!

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  14. pipesmokingtom

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    No kidding.

    And by handling one in person, you understand that photos don't do justice to her work. Delicate, elegant, wonderful stuff. A bucket lister, for sure.

    Congrats on the pipe!

    "We have an unspoken, mutual understanding to ignore the things we hate about each other so we can continue to enjoy the things we love about each other."
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    Beautiful work.

    Jason
    Posted 2 years ago #
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    Man that has my PAD itching!

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    All finished!

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    That is a winner.

    Congrats, again!

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    And one more highlighting the lovely chamfered rim.

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    Beautiful.

    Dave "Black Frigate Stowaway"
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    Very nice.

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    I just love a woman who knows how to use a vernier caliper - and who creates beautiful pipes!

    Love Me, Love My Pipe
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    There's a lot to like there! The stem work/color and that beveled bowl top are really great details that make it sing.

    Al

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    Yes, that's a splendid piece!

    I snagged one of hers at the WCPS, and it's pictured near the top of the thread for photos of the show. Only a slight initial hiccup: the stem is very tight in the mortise. Premal warned me about not holding the bowl while twisting, lest it snap at the juncture of stem and bowl. So, no dissembling for a while. Could be a function of adjusting to the weather here. (?)

    LINK is HERE.

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  25. bluegrassbrian

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    Scottie has a video clip on her instagram and fb where she shows how to hold her pipes to remove the stem, fyi.
    Nice, jpmcwjr!

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    I would also add that the stainless steel tenon will get dirty over time. To keep the fit of the stem as it should be just give the tenon a bit of a buff when you clean the pipe.
    @jpmcwjr- I sent you a pm regarding your pipe.

    Scottie

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    Thanks, Scottie. A quick perusal didn't reveal a video for the how to correctly remove the stem. Have you a direct link, please? I don't really need to take her apart for sometime, just wanted to see the excellent construction!

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    Nice !! I love that pencil shank and that stem !!

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    Hey jpmcwjr, go to the "Piersel Pipes" fb page. The video is on there.

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    It has arrived!

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    Congrats man. Enjoy it!

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    Thanks, Brian. Did hit the FB page, just didn't look long enough.

    And nice photos of a fine pipe! Scottie does very nice work. One day I'll get my pencil shank photographed and posted. (No jibes, fellas, I am not a Weiner!)

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    Hey Brian, thanks for posting the photo of the pipe in your mug. It really helps with perspective. I thought the pipe looked well made but was kinda meh until this photo. Now I think it makes sense and looks great. I've often felt pipes should be photographed in a dummy's mouth...so...

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    Well bigpond, there are few dummies as big as me.

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    Oops! I just reread what I wrote and I think it's easy to misconstrue. Just to clarify I meant a mannequin head.

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    Scotties Pipes give me brain boners !!

    Albert Einstein was once quoted as saying, “I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs.” One of the reasons behind this statement is that pipe smoking is meant to be a slow leisurely activity. It takes patience to smoke a pipe. Unlike cigarettes and cigars, there is a certain amount of technique to smoking a pipe. Where cigars and cigarettes can just be picked up, lit and puffed on, pipes require the development of a technique in order to get the best smoking experience.
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