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The Birth Of An Author- In Twenty Pictures

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  1. zack24

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    Thought I'd take some time to show a few of the steps involved in making a Morta Author. This one had some exceptionally nice grain, a trim ring of Ooosik, and a B&W Cumberland stem...Came in at 4.75" and 59 grams...




















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  2. tbradsim1

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    That's so damn good, I really enjoyed those pics.

    The Old Cajun
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  3. chasingembers

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    Ooosik

    That poor walrus.

    Love that pipe!

    I like coffee exceedingly.
    - H. P. Lovecraft
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  4. philobeddoe

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    That's a real beauty Zack.

    "So it goes." - K.V.
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    AND IT'S ALL MIIIIIIIINE!!!!!!!!

    Muhuhuhuhahahaha!!!!!

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    Ok, mania aside, I couldn't be happier. It is so gorgeous!!

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    Just don't smoke it around a walrus.

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    wyfbane, if that's true you are one lucky dude, enjoy the hell outta it! Beautiful Author Zack.
    banjo

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  9. wyfbane

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    High praise, Banjo. Thank you!!

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  10. ssjones

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    That has some great details, you are owning that shape! Love the button work. The closeup shots with pointy tools looks scary! Excellent work.

    Al

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    Holy Cow! I love it!

    Arrrrr, shiver me timbers! International Talk Like a Pirate Day is September the 19th!!!
    Brothers Of The Black Frigate
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  12. mso489

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    Sweet. The texture on the bowl is like lace, really amazing, and the stem is a real work of art. I guess I'd just pack and enjoy it, but I'd dive right in so I didn't think about holding a match to a work of art.

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  13. weezell

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    Beautiful pipe and workmanship...

    "the weez"...
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  14. saltedplug

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    Very, very nice! Candy in hand.

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    Very nice, thanks for taking the time to post this.

    If you don't mind, how do you make the texture pattern?

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    Ken
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  16. didimauw

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    Amazing pipe! Great work friend! Where do you get custom stamps at?

    "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
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  17. tozert

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    Great to see those photos...I liked seeing the stem take shape.

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    Spectacular! Thanks, Zak, for sharing the steps and the wonderful outcome of your artistry.
    Under 2 oz. for such a beefy, manly, piece is surprisingly lightweight, and the woven basket affect in conjunction with a dazzlingly striated stem and of course that adornment, are all together very special.

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    Simply stunning.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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  20. zack24

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    Thanks Guys! That was a fun one...and Mike was very patient- it took me forever to get some spare time to make this one...

    A couple of questions on the lace effect- that's the end grain on the Morta. I try to pick blocks where the grain runs horizontally- they're hard to find- only about 5% have that grain direction- in most Morta blocks the grain is angled in one direction or another...

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    WIP threads never get old.

    Tobacco's a help because it clears the mind
    But like all your friends it is vilified
    They always say, the right amount's fine
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    I could not be more proud of my first ever commission. Zack knocked this one out of the park.

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  23. shikano53

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    Beautiful craftsmanship and a gorgeous pipe, Zack. If you don't mind me asking, what size bit do you use to drill the airhole at the button? Or put another way, what size bit are you using shown in the picture where you are working on the slot?
    Again, gorgeous pipe.

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  24. zack24

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    what size bit do you use to drill the airhole at the button? Or put another way, what size bit are you using shown in the picture where you are working on the slot?

    Shikano53- That's a 5/64" bit...I use it and the file to funnel the slot at least 1.25" deep. The other side is drilled to within .75" of the button with a taper bit. Tends to be a very open draw...

    Where do you get custom stamps at?

    There are a few- I use Buckeye Engraving- http://www.buckeyeengraving.com/

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  25. shikano53

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    Thanks Zack, I really appreciate the information and the video(s) you have done in the past.

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  26. chasingembers

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    I really need to take the time to start carving again.

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  27. shikano53

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    Hi Zack, sorry for bothering you with what is probably a foolish clarification question. You answered my question:

    Shikano53- That's a 5/64" bit...I use it and the file to funnel the slot at least 1.25" deep.

    I'm probably misunderstanding something here; but did you mean 0.125" not 1.25" for the slot depth? I'm just thinking a slot depth of an inch and a quarter sounds odd to me whereas 0.125" is an 1/8" and seems in the ball park more or less.
    Again, I'm probably misunderstanding something.
    Kindly

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  28. paddypiper

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    Very nice work. It's always cool to see the process that goes into making something.

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  29. zack24

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    I'm probably misunderstanding something here; but did you mean 0.125" not 1.25" for the slot depth?

    Imagine the slot tapering into a funnel shape- that's the part that is 1.25" deep. I think you are thinking about the height of the slot..

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  30. shikano53

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    Thanks Zack. Got it now.
    I knew I was misunderstanding something.

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  31. aquadoc

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    That is a beautiful pipe. Is the Author usually of these dimensions? And how did it get this name? Preferred as a clencher by writers?

    "If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and sex, you don't actually live longer; it just seems that way."
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  32. buckaroo

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    Thx for taking the time to post. Always interesting to see. Great author!

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