My Panel Pipe Project (Pic Heavy)

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carolinachurchwarden

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Been working this hunk of briar for quite some time now since recieving the pre-drilled blank. It's been a joy to work with. I was initially wanting to make a square bowl, but one corner of the blank sort of forced me into going another direction, so I made it octagonal instead. I'm going to keep updating this thread as I proceed. Still have a little more fine sanding to go before I'm ready for the color, but she's getting there.
Here's the blank I started with:



Here's the blank after the initial trimming:



After the initial trimming and some slight shaping/sanding I broke out the pencil, traced out a design around the bowl I wanted and pulled out the Dremel to start removing the briar I wanted to from the panels:



These a few of it after carving the relief areas a little deeper. Just didn't feel quite deep enough after the first round. I also decided that I wanted it to be a sitter, so I took it back to the band saw and cut a nice flat spot along the bottom so she'll easily sit when I want to set her down:



Now, this is where I am today:



I look forward to seeing this beauty all stained up and hopefully pretty soon. I really can't wait to see what it looks like finished.

 

scloyd

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Good job...looks awesome. Are you going to two tone the stain? If so, what colors are you thinking?
You've inspired me to continue on my pipe kit.

Here's mine:


 

carolinachurchwarden

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I am. I plan on doing something two-tone. Looking at a dark brown for the inside and a light brown for the outside. To achieve that, I'll either buy the Cordovan or Tan, or maybe even both and see what I can make happen. Kind of going for that Northern Briars Oriental two-tone look:

That's a nice looking shape! Glad to inspire as these things are really a lot of fun to work on.

 

scloyd

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It's going to look nice. Looking forward to seeing it when you're finished.

 

aldecaker

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Wow, that looks really nice! I love that window-pane carving, should look awesome when it's two-toned. If I ever did a pipe kit, I'd probably smoke it for three years to make sure it was a good smoker, and if it was, likely never get around to carving it! Great looking project.

 

carolinachurchwarden

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Thanks fellas, I appreciate it!
I love that window-pane carving, should look awesome when it's two-toned.
Glad you were able to pick up on that, because it's exactly what I was going for. You know, I was very tempted to light it up, but I'm actually doing this one to enter into a pipe carving competition and it has to be unsmoked. It'll be a shame if it doesn't smoke somewhat decently.

 

carolinachurchwarden

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And I finished her up tonight with some more fine carving, a little stain and some buffing/polishing. I love the way she looks:




Really enjoyed carving this pipe and can't wait for the next one! Might make some wooden tampers next, who knows.

 

scloyd

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Turned out great. After you stained it my first impression was...church pulpit. It kind of has that shape and look. Good job!


 

carolinachurchwarden

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Thanks Anthony! Yeah, it sure is fun. It's a great way to see how difficult it can be to produce some of these masterpieces we see on the market sometimes. I love how unique it is to work with and just how beautifully it can polish up.

 

snowyowl

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There is also a Forum panel pipe page:

http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/show-off-your-paneled-pipes-here

 

carolinachurchwarden

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Thanks! I do too, and yes, I was going for a stained glass look on the carving, so that says a lot about it that it's been somewhat easy for others to identify that. It means my ideas were picked up by others without me having to explain, which is great! I loved working on it and can't wait to work on the next one.

 
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