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  1. winton

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    I would like to organize another tamper exchange. Yes, it was 13 degrees this morning, but yesterday was 45! I turned a tamper out of dogwood branch. Pictures are below.

    The rules are few, but simple. You have to have been on the forum for a month and have at least 50 posts to take part. You have to make the tamper yourself out of any material and in any style. You have to post a picture of the tamper on this thread and send it to another carver at the end of the exchange.

    This is open to all skill levels. It does not matter if you have a shop full of tools, or simply a knife in your pocket. I picked up my branch while trimming a tree. Also, I am sure that no one will complain if you include a small sample of tobacco with your tamper.

    The exchange will close on Saturday 2/23, when I return home from the last class of my MBA program.

    Winton

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    looks Like I'll have to clean one up and get some pictures

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    Looking like there's not as much interest this time. If it gets off the ground I'll join in.

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    I'll join too. I'm done with school, so I'll have more free time. Just as a suggestion, I wouldn't set up a day for the exchange to close until we have people more signed up. Just food for thought.

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    Winton:

    I almost missed this in your post.

    Congratulations on finishing up your Masters degree.

    Well done, Sir.

    Fnord

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    Im in

    I know what I need, smoke, I can't recall the last time I tasted it....Gandalf in the mines of Moria.

    "we shall have to share pipes, as good friends must at a pinch'....'I keep a treasure or two near my skin, as precious as rings to me. Here's one: my old wooden pipe. And here's another an unused one...He held up a small pipe with a wide flattened bowl, and handed it to Gimli. 'Does that settle the score between us', said Merry. 'Most noble hobbit, it leaves me deep in your debt."
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    I am in. I have passed on the previous one.

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    I don't wanna trade but here is my first tamper i got kinda rowdy with a fork....


    ok well the image isnt showing up..... um check my album i uploaded it there
    EDIT: Fixed the picture for you- Uber

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  9. winton

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    I suspect that more people will be interested, once we have some pictures posted. We had some really amazing tampers last time. The exchange date is certainly movable if that is what people want. Perhaps the bitter cold is scaring people from going out to their shops.

    Winton

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    I think I'm going to make this one from a nice twig instead of a wood blank. Gonna have to start practicing.

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    Once Lonestar and Smokingdragon see this, I'm sure They will join up as well.

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    I'm bumping this. I don't want it to fall off the homepage

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    I'll throw in a tamper.

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  14. gmwolford

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    I'm in too.

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    Gonna give this another bump.

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    Greg,what kind of wood is your tamper made of?

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    Another question about the materials I am seeing: Are those bullet casings I am seeing? I would be interested, but I am not there with the posts yet.

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    If we can't trade pipes or even tobacco on here, how is this still alright?

    "So it goes." - K.V.
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  19. gmwolford

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    Ed, that one is walnut. But I goofed and its not the right photo of what I'll be trading; that's a "collaboration" my son and I did and I doubt he'll want to let it go. I'll get the right photo posted as soon as I can, which may be a bit lol

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  20. winton

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    Seaninkitale, Yes, those are bullet casings. This is not required, but lots of guys use them. Some make their own ends from other metals. It depends on what tools and materials you have available. Unless you are using an extremely soft wood, like balsa, tamping a pipe won't hurt the tamper.

    Philobeddoe, I don't know what Kevin thinks of the tamper exchanges that happen around here a couple times a year. I suspect he appreciates the way it builds community on the forums. Anyway Uberam can vouch for us.

    Greg, I like the walnut. Your picture really captures the grain. I wish I could figure out how to make my pictures show the wood like yours does.

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  21. uberam3rica

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    Kevin hasn't said anything about the exchange, so assume its alright.

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  22. gmwolford

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    Winton, it takes "playing" with the exposure and sometimes tweaking the image a bit. Most of my posts for her are done with iPhone 4S camera and sometimes edited with Snapseed I don't think I did any tweaking on that photo, other than the collage I made in Diptic.

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  23. gmwolford

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    Okay, here is the tamper I made for the trade:

    It is "Tennessee Trail Wood", a piece of root we picked up somewhere I'm the Smoky Mountains last fall. I carved it with a Dremel sanding drum and sandpaper. It's waxed, left natural, with no stain/oils. I like the natural look of this piece so I decided not to stain it as I'd originally planned.

    My son did mount the .45 ACP casing on the base for me while he was working on some others for himself. The primer in this one is "live" but he's assured me it won't go off while using it. :crazy:.

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  24. winton

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    I love wood that has cool grain. This tamper has an interesting shape also. Tennessee Trail? Is that related to mystery wood, or is it in the FOG (found on ground) family of trees?

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  25. gmwolford

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    I do, too, Winton. I went with the general shape the wood wanted to be: Meaning it was kind of this shape and I adjusted it!

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  26. ejames

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    Cool tamper Greg! Nice color and grain. I sometimes use a similar wood,'cept it's called "Ozark Trail".

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    Heres mine. I'm done sanding, I got to shine them up.


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    I'm in, sorry about the terrible camera quality it doesn't show off the tampers beautiful grain, .410 brass shell / cherry wood tamper.

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  29. winton

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    Interesting shape Uber. Sometimes the fun of a tamper is how it feels in the hand. At the last pipe show, someone gave me a metal tamper. It feels awesome in the hand, but has such a small head, it does a lousy job of tamping.

    Pipe8, Cherry has great coloring. Alas, I also have trouble with photography.

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  30. gmwolford

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    Thanks, Ed. I forgot to mention when I was using the Dremel it smelled mind of fruity, maybe almost like pears or apples, not sure.

    I love seeing all the different styles we each come up with. And am glad to see more folks jumping on board!

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    Thanks Winton, yours too is a thing of beauty! I want to get a lathe to do wood work, but I know nothing about them (mine was done with a Steven Wade Cox Bush craft knife and sand paper)
    The brass actually has quite a lot of sentimental value to me, I shot my first clay many moons ago with a .410 and this cartridge I needed some way to remember it and this seemed fitting!

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  32. gmwolford

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    I'd love to have a lathe, too. But like you, pipe8, know nothing about them. I thought about trying to get a mini lathe to start with, figuring I could do tampers, stems and maybe pens, among other small things. I don't have a lot of money or room to throw into it so it all may remain a wish… for some time at least.

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    I guess I may be out looking for something to carve up

    “I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgement in all human affairs.”
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    Bump

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    OK im on the hunt for the right material today . I will join in and post pics when done , great idea

    "A pipe is the fountain of contemplation, the source of pleasure, the companion of the wise; and the man who smokes, thinks like a philosopher and acts like a Samaritan."
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    I am working on mine. Will post some before and after pictures once I am done. In my mind I see something that is of the steampunk genre, lol but in front of me is something completely different. Always happens. O well.

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    I made this one today with a stainless 30-06 casing , and a piece of ash . All that's left is a coat of wax .

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    @Greg , love the shape and grain of your tamper .

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    @canundad Thank you. I just, more or less, followed the natural shape of the wood. Or as an artist would say "I let the wood take the form it desired to be"

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    With a week and a half left to go, we have five tampers with pictures. Feel free to jump into the fun. The exchange will end on Saturday pm 2/23.

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  41. shaintiques

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    Hey I'm gonna have to step out of this one, had some things come up that are going to keep me out of the shop for awhile, I'll get in on the next one.

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  42. winton

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    Shaintiques, I know the feeling. I made my tamper and then started the exchange. I have been working about 72 hours per day since then. Slight exaggeration of course. Nice paycheck, but I really miss sleep.

    Winton

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    With a week and a half left to go, we have five tampers with pictures. Feel free to jump into the fun. The exchange will end on Saturday pm 2/23.

    Guess I better get my butt in gear! Haven't made one yet for the swap.Maybe the one I have on Briarbid won't sell and I can use that.

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    mirain, to respond to your PM, feel free to join in to the exchange. You might not have 50 posts, but you have been around for over two years. I liked the metal tampers you showed on another thread.

    Winton

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    This is my first exchange, so how does it all work? All the best.

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    Here is a couple of tampers I'm working on. I'd like to be involved in the exchange.

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    What pipe8 said.

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    Right now we have 6 people that have posted pictures of their tampers. The exchange will end on Saturday afternoon. Thus, there are a few days left. On Saturday I will post a list of everyone who is taking part. Each will send their tamper to the person below them on the list. The bottom person will send his tamper to the top person. You will be responsible to contact the person you will send the tamper to.

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  49. ejames

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    Here's mine--

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    I really like that one, Ed.

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    @EJames that is an awesome tamper! I love the built in "pick".

    My only tamper at the moment is a keeper for me, it was made by another forum member and thrown in as a surprise bonus with a trade in my early days on the forum. I'll take some pictures when I get home!

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    I wanna play too!!!

    I guess I meet the requirements. I just finished mine today. It is lightly sandblasted mahogony with a full length .44 mag shell. I used the whole casing instead of cutting it down because it seems to work better for deeper bowls.

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  53. gmwolford

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    Sebastian, that's pretty cool. I dig the "hole" in it. Very unique overall shape!

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    Sure Sebastian, you can join in. That is a very cool tamper. I have never seen one like it.

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    Thanks guys! There are a bunch of cool tampers here. Glad to be a part of the fun.

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    Alright. I finally got a pic of mine. I got pissed when I put some adhesive inside and put the screw back in the bottom split. Hope its okay for you guys. After I calmed down I felt it wasn't too bad. No idea what kind of wood it is. Picked it up in the park next door.

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  57. winton

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    OK, the exchange is now finished. Below is the list of the people who have posted pictures of tampers. Each person is to contact the person below them and ask for address, then send their tamper to them. The bottom person on the list will send their tamper to the top person. I sorted the list by when each person joined PM.com. If two people joined in the same month, I used alphabetical order.

    ejames 10/2009
    Winton 10/2010
    eaglerico 1/2011
    Uberam3rica 9/2011
    swipple 11/2011
    Greg 7/2012
    cajundad 11/2012
    Pipe8 1/2013
    Sebastian 1/2013

    Be sure to send out the tamper in a timely manner and let the giver know when it is arrived.

    Eaglerico, please PM me with your address.

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    Pm sent, ejames.

    Thanks for letting me play along guys!

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  59. gmwolford

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    PM sent to Cajundad

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    I replied to Winston and pmed uber.

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    I'm having difficulty finding swipple

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    That's cause it's Swhipple

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    That might be why. PM sent

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    Not sure how I missed out on this one. Been in every one until now. Oh well, such is life. Not having Internet at home can be a major pain.

    Steve: Pipemaker in Training!
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    Here's the tamper for the exchange. I made it with Fimo and used a brass fitting for the business end.

    It's hard to soar like an eagle when you work with pigeons.
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    Mirain,

    Sorry, I ended the exchange this morning, before you posted your picture. If you want to exchange with me, PM me your address and I will send you another tamper I have made.

    Winton

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    HI HI sorry been away for a course will send out asap!

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    sebastian, send me your email in a pm buddy! I don't know how to send messages

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    Mailed cajundad's package this afternoon.

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    My wife will mail out my packages tomorrow. Not the most reliable helper, but she sure can cook! Blueberry pancakes coming to the table soon.

    Winton

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