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shikano53

Lifer
May 26, 2015
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Here is the finished product. I forgot to take a few pics of the button and slot. Will do later but my border collie is whining to go for a run. My next cutty will have the spur moved to it's proper location. The stem is hand turned 11.75mm Japanese ebonite. I got impatient waiting for my supplies with the proper sized rings and other assortments so this ring is just a tad large. But it looks fine albeit a bit wide on the shank end., The slot is a mess,I'm embarrassed to show it but in all honesty, I have to. I am improving. Again, it looks a lot worse in the picture than it does in real life.
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This mortise and tenon look worse in the picture than actual fact.
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jpmcwjr

Moderator
Staff member
May 12, 2015
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27,663
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Thank you. As I think I said earlier, nice work, great finish.

I am sure a lot of folks (present company excepted!) won't know or care whether or not the spur is in the traditional spot.
 
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Mar 1, 2014
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Interesting, I hadn't considered the effect of the Cutty putting the draft hole more centered in the bowl.
I wonder if that isn't partly why they were so popular for the first few hundred years of Pipesmoking history.
 
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shikano53

Lifer
May 26, 2015
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hey pepesdad1, that button makes me want to tear my hair out if I had any left to tear out.
Probably redo the stem. Or sell it at a much reduced cost or try to straighten it out but I'm running out of material. Two things I'm still struggling with, the button/slot and a seamless join at the stem/shank junction.

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greeneyes

Lifer
Jun 5, 2018
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shikano53

Lifer
May 26, 2015
2,061
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Thanks folks! greeneyes that is amazing! Do you have any schematics/drawings of your rig?
jp, The slot needs to be thinner and straighter to me. I have a number of purchases from an artisan who makes various tools but I've just been using my VFH slot files.
 

greeneyes

Lifer
Jun 5, 2018
2,166
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Thanks folks! greeneyes that is amazing! Do you have any schematics/drawings of your rig?
jp, The slot needs to be thinner and straighter to me. I have a number of purchases from an artisan who makes various tools but I've just been using my VFH slot files.
This isn't my rig. These videos appear on my Instagram feed due to my interest in pipes, but I don't do anything more involved than cleaning and restoring them. I was toying with the idea of casting amber resin replacement stems for some of my pipes but I have such limited time on my hands that it's an impossible undertaking at the moment.
 
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hawky454

Lifer
Feb 11, 2016
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10,221
Austin, TX
It looks fine to me from those photos. Can you tell us what could be bettered?
While this is a beautiful pipe, I agree with @pepesdad1, see last image posted. The button/slot work can be honed in, it’s one of the hardest parts of pipe making. Still, it’s an amazing execution. Very good job, much better than I ever did.

I’m very disappointed with the button on my Gamboni pipe but he still gets away with charging high prices. Don’t get me wrong, I still like the pipe, it’s a comfortable fit but the button/slot is a sloppy job for someone selling high end pipes.
 

shikano53

Lifer
May 26, 2015
2,061
8,085
Hey folks, here is the finished Cutty with a new stem. I think the button and the slot are much improved. I would have been finished sooner; but the second stem attempt was almost finished when I discovered I had sanded through the airway. ARgggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
So here is stem, take three. I hope you enjoy the pics. There is a tiny mar on the upper left side of the bowl; just a scuff. It happened while I was in the buffing process and it jumped out of my hands onto the shop floor. I will remove scuff mark before any person purchases it.
On to Cutty No. 2
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I have an Iphone 10 and I just can't seem to get those nice, clean, marco shots. Think I'll try my Samsung Galaxy for photos; it has a macro mode.
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