Thanks.Keep it in soak while carving... Xacto (tm) blades mounted in a wooden dowel make an excellent carving tool. Carves very much like soap (you might even want to practice on some soap first). you can also use the blades in a 90 degree scraping motion for fine work. There are some videos on YouTube showing carvers at work.
I will if I can remember to take pictures as I’m working on it. I’m bad about that kind of stuff. All my knife pictures are after the work is done. I only have a few that have good “work in progress” photos. I’ll try to remember to take some on the pipe carving. If nothing else it might serve as a lesson of what not to do!post it! I've been toying with that idea too
It actually carves like soap, just like @jhowell said.I decided it looked about right for carving, so I’m not waiting 24 hours. I’m zeroing in on a shape, but this thing is huge. I’m now no longer convinced I should do a smooth, even though I love how they look. Seems like it’d be a lot of meerschaum wasted as chips. What do y’all think?It looks like you could put it on a rope and hang it in the shower! Look forward to seeing what you do with it, now I want to try!
It is, but seeing it with the stem on now, I’m not feeling like the stummel is too chunky anymore. It is a larger pipe, but I don’t think the proportions look goofy anymore. I think I’ll leave it smooth. It just won’t be a clencher.It looks very nice smooth, but I know I would be tempted to keep whittling!!!
Thanks. I’m gonna let it dry overnight and then hit it with some 800 through 2,000 grit or until it is as smooth as I can get it. I guess I need to wait until it dries complete through before I wax it.That looks beautiful! Expecting to see a 'yellowing through to brown' post in 5 years.