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Whose Got a Nice Sandblast?

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  1. augaug

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    Out of the major manufacturers, or bang for your buck artisan guys, whose got the best sandblast technique/finish?

    If I could I would buy a JT Cooke, but you know there's the problem of money and all... Thanks!

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  2. bigvan

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    Bruce Weaver
    Lee Von Erck
    Brian Ruthenberg
    Rad Davis
    Scott Thile
    Charles Cole
    Abe Herbaugh
    Wayne Teipen

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    Here's my favorite. Snagged this from SPC for $195.

    http://www.smokingpipes.com/pipes/new/randy-wiley/moreinfo.cfm?product_id=60152

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    I was going to suggest Larry Roush but he is pretty close in price to Cooke. Rad Davis, Brian Ruthenerg and Michael Parks are also fantastic. There are others that I am sure will pop into mind soon as well.

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    Ok, I realize all those guys have great blasts, I was thinking more like "Radice vs. Peterson vs. Savinelli" or something from a carver for under 250...or maybe I should've titled it "budget blasts"...lol

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    Hey Roth that is sweet. Not sure why it says Randy Wiley! Clearly a computer glitch. Love those early year Taylor Ashton's.

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    Hey Roth that is sweet. Not sure why it says Randy Wiley! Clearly a computer glitch. Love those early year Taylor Ashton's.

    Thanks. I've found that Smoking Pipes "classifies" brands in some odd ways. Yep, it's a Bill Taylor Ashton. In my view Bill was a master at selecting the right blocks, curing, steaming and sandblasting to perfection and his early pipes are some of his best.

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    Here's my favorite. Snagged this from SPC for $195.

    Gorgeous - that's a great looking pipe Rothnh.

    "Be seeing you"


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    American Smoking Pipe Company (Tinsky) has some blasts that I sort of like for under $200. Like this one for $170.

    I really don't like sandblast so I may not be the one to recommend one but I'll try.

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    Mario Grandi I makes some nice looking pipes for pretty cheap. I've got a couple really nice ones for less than 100$. Check him out on eBay.

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    Regarding the Mark Tinskys, I think "Coral" is one of his rusticated finishes, not a blast.

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    Mark's sandblast are some on the best I've seen. They are under the sandblast tab on his site.

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    That Coral looks blased to me.

    My buddy is selling a JT Cooke with an AMAZING blast. It's a cutty, probably in the $300 range.

    My Taylor Ashtons are probably my best blasted pipes but my lone Tinsk isn't bad either.



    Jimmy Craig Ashtons are bad either, this one a $125 estate.

    Al

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    Al, I just checked Mark's web site and he has one page for "Coral Carves" and another page for "Sandblasts".

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    Interesting Bigvan, thanks for clarifying. My Ferndown Bark look less like a blast than the Tinsky Coral but are detailed as 90% blasted.

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    I know what you mean, Al.

    LOVE the Ferndown Bark finish.

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    A normal and a close up shot of a couple of BST's.

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  18. numbersix

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    All these sandblasts are making me very jealous. I have several rusticated ones, but only have one real sandblast, my Dunhill. I really want more - no, I need more, I must have more!

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    Try are own Todd Bannard (aka Sasquatch).

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    My Ferndown Bark look less like a blast than the Tinsky Coral but are detailed as 90% blasted.

    My take on Les Wood's Bark pipes (I have my Ferndown Bark pot in my hand now) is that Les eases up on the blaster to better create the special "bark" finish he is seeking, so his Bark pipes are rather evenly sculpted over the entire stummel (except the smooth strip with the stamping) with no deeply blasted areas at all.

    His Bark is my favorite. His smooth finishes are usually too dark and shiny for my taste.

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    Those are some great ideas, I will have to look at the Tinskys, I didn't realize they were that affordable...thanks everybody.

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    Mark makes amazing pipes at very good prices -- but seems to have an affinity for plastic (Lucite) stems now. I suppose he might be accept a commission for a pipe with a rubber stem though.

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    @bigvan The pic would only copy as one big picture. If I had been less lazy, I would have cropped it first to get rid of the coral section, re-uploaded it and then posted it. I just figured everybody would look where it said "blast".

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    Try are own Todd Bannard (aka Sasquatch).

    See my post.

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    Like JP, Harris just picked up two BST blasts that I was very impressed with.

    Here's that Cooke my buddy is looking to sell, the blast is incredible.

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    Sorry guys. I didn't realize BST and Sasquatch were one and the same.

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    I think Luciano has some good affordable blasts.

    Mine for $108 (smoking black house in it right now!)


    Also, Radice's silk cut are good ones too. (I just bought a silk cut apple)

    All of the above are awesome as well

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    What most people do not realize is that Mark Tinsky has his pipes blasted by Rad Davis and Mike Linder. The one posted by Dochudson, looks like a Rad blast.

    I am of course partial to Rad Davis, but also like Ruthenberg, Weaver, Thile and Butera. I am on the fence about Cooke's, to me they look almost too severe and kind of manipulated not really following the grain. I also like the looks of Michael Parks and of course our own Sasquatch for our brothers to the north.

    Al, that Cooke is not as severe as many I have seen, I like that one.

    Here is my favorite Rad Blast.


    Harris
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    What most people do not realize is that Mark Tinsky has his pipes blasted by Rad Davis and Mike Linder. The one posted by Dochudson, looks like a Rad blast.

    Wow, I didn't realize that. I wonder who did my Apple? It's pretty deep.

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    Al, not sure. If I had to guess it would be Linder.

    Gray, that is a great looking blast especially for what you paid.

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    A crazy blast from Bannard, guess what the grain must have looked like to get a vertical line like this?

    A couple of Twin Bore Radices

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    Some of you may know my quirky love for the zulu shape. My most recent acquisition was a zulu by Rad, and I love the blast:

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    Peck, that one is cool, I still need to add a Rad Zulu to the collection.

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    That's a terrific pipe.

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    I love that Rad zulu. I was thiiiis close to buying a black Rad zulu on SmokingPipes, but it was gone next morning.

    Next time I see a Rad like that, I'm all over t!

    @Cigarmaster, I was pretty impressed with that Luciano too! Especially at that price. Very fun to hold

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    Uh, Gray, please forgive me, but I think I got that Rad zulu as well. I have a black one, a dark brown/red one and this caramel one. The only one I didnt get from Rad directly was the black one (a month or so before Christmas).

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    Jberg that Bannard or the first pipe in your pics is one handsome pipe, I have a couple of Twin Bore Radices that have a nice blast like yours. The old cajun

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    Also consider Perry White. Most of his pipes are blasted.

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    I just want you all to know that I hate you all. Carry on.

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    Uh, Gray, please forgive me, but I think I got that Rad zulu as well. I have a black one, a dark brown/red one and this caramel one. The only one I didnt get from Rad directly was the black one (a month or so before Christmas).

    Yeah, I think so! Lol!! I considered it for a second, but I think I decided I didnt want to drop that much on one pipe (at the time). It was a steal though!! I'll have you know, next one is mine

    You have excellent tastes in pipes

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    I'm not necessarily that big of a zulu fan normally, but that Rad zulu is frickin' spectacular!!!

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    jpberg, I missed yours somehow. The Sas is great I can imagine what a straight grain would have been. Radice has always done a great job with their blasts, those are great looking.

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