Got the Carving Chisels Out - My 3rd Pipe

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Well, another week, another pipe! At least 3/4 full day’s work in this. I’m quite proud of it!

Started out with a block billiard blank from Balandis pipes on eBay. Sometimes the holes have been a bit off with these blanks, but he’s quick to answer and replace any problems and this one was spot on. Highly recommend if you’re EU based - cant go wrong for the money.

Anyway, I wanted a Zulu shape. Something light and thin walled for when I’m out walking. I’ve got plenty of ‘chunkers’ for the garden.

Roughed out a billiard shape with a coarse rasp (measuring the walls with a compass and leaving a little extra on the sides for the shape I had in mind) and then got the gouges out.

Originally I wanted something like a whirlpool - all asymmetric. That didn’t really happen... I didn’t measure anything and the more I carved the more I thought it would be a fun challenge to go for symmetry.

Once the rough shape was carved, I put a heat gun on the stem and bent it to the ‘Zulu’ shape I wanted before I drew out the stem lines with a medium file. I wanted the stem to reflect the pipe and the lines to follow as smoothly as I could make them from chamber to tip.

Lots of scrapingsanding up to 400grit to refine the shape before black dye, contrast sanding, then all the way up to 2500.

I thinned English Bridle Fiebing’s dye and got that on there to make it pop out.

Polished with carnauba wax and here it is!
 

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Crawley1066

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I have to commend you on the pipe. It's quite lovely. Your improvement has been remarkable. Cheers!
Cheers! I’m really pleased with it. It’s just the right weight to walk around with and I’m very glad the contrast staining went well.
Having a few flat faces really shows the different faces of grain which is a nice bonus. Thanks again!
 

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That's a real take on the yacht/zulu, with the curved paneling and extra artful stain and grain. If I were the carver, I'd find it hard to top, but for you, it may be easy.
Haha that’s very kind of you, thank you. I’m pleased with how it turned out and I have another block ready - no idea how that one will come out but I want to try put carving, contrast staining and rustication all together. Not sure about easy but I’m having fun! 😅

I feel like I’ve dealt with them on their own so I think that’d be an interesting thing to do. Going to enjoy smoking this one for a bit first though. Thanks again!
 

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