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WIP Thread - clickklick and rx2man Elephant's Feet

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  1. clickklick

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    I am starting this thread for rx2man and myself to post progress pictures of the Elephant's Foot pipes we are working on concurently. This is in no way a competition, but I thought that since we are making the same shape, for the same customer, and are both new pipemakers, that this would be a very fun thread to do.

    This is my 18th pipe and 2nd with bamboo. My humble beginnings are shown here. rx2man should have some up soon and we will update this regularly with progress pics as we go.

    Hobbyist Pipemaker - Carmette Pipes
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    Interesting project, the grain is awesome on the briar. Cant wait to see the finished pipe.

    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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    Had some time to work on this today. Here is the progress so far.

    Cutting the Bamboo

    Facing and drilling the bamboo

    Cutting the Delrin Mortise

    Facing and drilling the delrin

    Delrin has to be scored for the epoxy to stick

    Delring Mortise Sleeve epoxied into the bamboo

    Loose fit the bamboo onto the stummel for a progress pic

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    Wow, that's looks like it's going to be one big pipe. I can't wait to see more. This process is always fascinating to me.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    Coming along nicely Adam. Looking forward to seeing the pipe once shaping has been done on the briar block.

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    Awesome!!!

    Michael
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    That should smoke very cool

    Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch’entrate
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    Really rough shaping has been started.

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    Holy elephant))) I love it.

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    ben88 said it best HOLY ELEPHANT Adam You have to have a very tiny hand or that baby is huge!!!! Man I love it.

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    I wish my wife told me that !

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    WOW! Nice work!

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    eventually I will order one like that

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    Holy Ganesha, that's a big one !!

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    Four more hours of hand shaping with files and sandpaper and here is the result so far...

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    Speechless. But my wife says it looks like a guitar . look at the top view. so she'll call it that. WOMAN

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    scrooge, your wife has a good eye. Definite dreadnaught shape there.

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    I don't care what she calls it, just as long as you love it! This thing feels very nice in the hand so far.

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    I could puff it like a steam engine without being afraid)))

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    And you'd probably burn it out shortly there after and I'd have to make you a new one, after I came to Canada and back handed you first of course . lol

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    For pipe like that? You can hit me with surgical 2x4, as long as I get to smoke this baby

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    Lol. Well if you like the one headed to your place, you know how to get another one made.

    By the way, scrooge has seen pictures and he thinks you'll love it.

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    I'm full of jitters, literally.

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    The long wait is gonna kill you!

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    Beautiful Ben Beautiful!

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    The long wait is gonna kill you!

    I am sure my dear wife will not give up her rights for that)))

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    OK so clickklick encouraged me to post up some pics of my wood n bamboo. Its football today so a perfect time for me to get the pipe started. Watch the game, work on the pipe during the commercials and give me time to think about whats going on. I am sure clickklick will be done before me. I will actually make at least one if not 2 practice bowls before getting into the good wood. I have plenty of cheap reject wood to wrap my head around the whole thing and see how to approach the pipe. This is really pushing my skills to the limits. That is also part of my reason for procrastinating on getting this going. But got to start sometime. I have another 25 blocks of really nice wood on the way so not sure what I will be using. Blocks of this quality are between $20-$35 and can hit up to $70+ on really high grade blocks, part of the reason I start with 2nds, making mistakes with good wood can add up $$$$ wise fast. So to comply with CK's request.........wood n bamboo porn

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    Holy bamboo batman!

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    Adam that pipe is looking great, love the grain!

    rx2man those dark bamboo stalks are very cool. Looking forward to some progress pics.

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    Alright so I botched it! I was trying to get a clean line at the briar to bamboo junction and the acrylic ring chunked out. I think I can salvage it but only get one more try. I am going with a skinnier piece of bamboo that still works with the shank. I've mounted the skinnier side towards the shank which most would say is wrong, but the reason is twofold. 1, I think it adds a danish inspired flare, 2. Mostly the real reason is because I couldn't fit my delrin mortise sleeve in the skinny end and I only have one bamboo rod that will work, and this is it. So let me know what you think. If you guys think it sucks with the look of this bamboo, I'll keep it for a shop pipe and start over.

    We went from a 4 knuckle straight, to a 6 knuckle curvy.

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    After a long sinus infection I finally got back to it. Fitted the shank to the bamboo. Is pretty flush, the curves could have flowed better, but this is my first real try at bamboo, so I'm happy with it overall.

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    So am I.. Get Ur done. LOL

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    The funny thing is I'll probably have to put as much time into the stem as I have on the whole pipe so far!

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    The shank looks teeny on that huge beast. I hope it smokes great for ya.

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    CK this is funny. We are both working on a EF for the same member and I just got on antibiotics friday as I to have been fighting a sinus infection. Really screwed up the pipe making for the last week. Starting to feel better and have some catching up to do.

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    Maybe it's a curse! Curse of the elephant's foot!

    I worked a bit more today. Getting the bamboo flush on the stem end is near impossible. I did what I could, cut and faced an acrylic band for the Stem side and epoxied it in place. It is drying right now. I'll have a picture later. I'm daring to shape it after epoxying it. Don't know how else to do it though. Once it's dry I can figure out how long of a stem it needs and start work on that.

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    That stem shouts out "date night"

    Nice work. Looks like you're starting out with really high quality materials.

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    Thank bigpond! It is fun!

    So, to my next picture. So many colors! Who wants to help scrooge decide?

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    Wet the wood so we can see the woods true color stained. an send another pic. Just asking!

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    Spit on your screen and rub. That should wet it enough.

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    OK, made some more progress and took a few pics along the way.

    Big hunk of a stem.

    Filing the acrylic to bamboo junction.

    Acrylic to bamboo junction finished.

    Rough Shaping the stem on the french wheel.

    A boatload of patience, sweat, and hand filing.

    Rough Stem done and fitted to bamboo.

    How it looks together.

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    Great thread, looks great.

    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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    Thanks Shaintiques. Glad to know at least someone is reading this thread!

    I put more time into it tonight. Sanded with 120 Grit, then 220, then stained black, then 220 again.

    I then reapplied a coat of black.

    Then went to 320, then 400, then 600 and here is what we have.

    Then hit it with some early american maple reddish stain.

    Applied 4 coats until it looked like this.

    Hopefully tommorow I can finish. Need to bend the stem and buff with red and white, then epoxy the bamboo onto the stummel. Then hit it all with carnuba.

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  45. scrooge

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    Well mister I read it every day in anticipation ! And Like I have said privately I will proudly say publicly I love it. And will be proud to have it. It's mine. Thank You Adam.

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    I'm sure you've had many lurkers like me watching your progress on this project.

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    I love lurking!

    I'll be bending the stem shortly. Just got a heat gun so will be the first time using one to bend a stem. Up until this point I've been using a soft flame. Wish me luck!

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    Love that bamboo! Great looking pipe, you just keep getting better.

    "Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow."
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    Thanks for the kind words!

    Well it is finally complete. I made a lot of mistakes, learned a ton, and overall was challenged by the experience. Pictures below. rx2man - now it's your turn.

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    Well done! Great photos too.

    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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    Rx2man is just getting over the sinus infection and general crappy feeling that came with it and will resume normal soon.

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    Adam/clickklick I am trying to hold off on my comments until I have that baby in my hands. So don't threat. Its coming. Well maybe a little WWWOOOWWWWWWWW!

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    Looks like a huge pipe but interesting. Love the finish.

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    Nice job guys..really enjoyed this thread...

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    Thanks Toby but the fun has just begun. Now we get to watch rx2man work his magic!

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    Very nice. Maybe you should quit your day job.

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    Lol, I don't think I can afford to do that! But thanks for the good word!

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    Well folks! My EF arrived at its new home today. An beleave me the pictures don't do it justice. An to all of you that thought it was big. Well it is . Fits my big paws perfectly. I only have one small problem with it, almost dropped it a couple times, because of the amazing wax job. LOL! This baby is beautiful Adam! Thank you very much. Now all I have to do is decide to smoke it. Or put it in the glass case I made for it an just admire it. HUM! Hard decision.

    Thanks again Adam
    GREAT JOB!

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    Great looking pipe Adam. Well done.

    Scrooge I know what you mean about the wax job. The Lovat that Adam made for me is so nicely finished and it is silky smooth in my hand. I spend a lot of time caressing it while I smoke...the Lovat that is.

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    Thanks for the kind words.

    I put a dallop of astroglide in my wax... That's my secret lol!

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    Fine work! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Well done.

    Who is John Galt?
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    Can't wait to see what Rob comes up with. Thanks for sharing.

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    Adam it has been a treat to watch your progress. This pipe is totally awesome!

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    Thanks! Stay tuned for Rx's.

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    OK guys, thread resurrection. I got to a point where I just did not know where to go other than it just did not look right. It was the top of the "bowl". I just did not know what I wanted to do with it. Sorry for being a flake but if I dont know where to go then I wait until it comes to me. Well it came, 1st handmade bit from ebonite rod.

    This will probably be the only EF I ever make as it was a challenge, I do think it is looking good though.

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  66. scrooge

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    Yeah Man! Do it to it.

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    What?! !!!!!

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    Finally got the elephant's foot done. This was a lot of work and really tested me. So much so that I had to put it down while I figured out what to do next as I just did not have it all worked out when I started it. I actually picked up some wood specifically for this pipe. As Scrooge had to wait a while I made my 1st hand cut stem for this pipe. I like how it turned out.

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    Thank you for bringing completion to this! I am glad scrooge got two nice pipes and the rest got a bit of a show!

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    I don't see why this shape is called an elephant's foot. Looks more like a pick axe to me, generally.
    Either way you do see it, you see guys taking the pipe hobby to the next level and actually making their own pipes.
    I appreciate your willingness to subject yourselves to forum scrutiny.
    I can't quite get that junction of shank to stem out of the realm of disproportion on your pipe Adam, in my 'eye'.
    Someday, if I live long enough, I'll tackle making a pipe too. You guys are an inspiration and generous with your learning process.
    Thanks guys!
    Mike

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