My Third Carve

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alexnc

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Not quite yet, it’s time to decide. I was considering a poker like shape that bells at the top (take an eighth or so off the sides) and bells out at the stem. Maybe a contrasting color both places. I have an inch thickness at the bottom, I’m not sure if I can bring it to an axe at the bottom ( and then taper it at the top instead of bell it out) or round the bottom and go with a bell at the top. The grain should be really nice!
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mso489

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The options are dizzying. Any of the ones you mention could work. I'll look forward to seeing what you do.
 

augiebd

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Having seen the evolution of your process from first to second and now third carve, I am very interested to see where you go with this and future pipes you carve.
 

alexnc

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Debating a few things, finally got most of the file marks out of it. My first drilling with a drill press was spot on! Nice modified spade bit from Tim West drilled a beautiful chamber. Settled on sort of an axe, It goes to a ridge instead of a point. I don’t think I’ve seen that exact shape before. Could still take it to a point. Unless I see another one I’m going to claim it as mine! A tomahawk?
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alexnc

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Thinking I might taper the shank sort of like the stem geometry and leave it oversized. I like big pipes, it’s almost 7”!
 

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That should sit nicely! Lol kidding, but I do love that design and I like how thick the walls are. Looking forward to your end result.
 

alexnc

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Here’s how it has turned out to date. The stain is a great match for the stem color, I’m iffy if I’ll keep using colored stems, this one trapped me to a color I’m not thrilled with - but it looks pretty darn good in person. The size is really nice, it’s a large pipe that seems to fit my hand well. I’ve smoked a few half bowls and the last one finally tasted good without that break-in burn taste at the end. My biggest lesson on this one is to be decisive, I kept having different ideas that made me rework and hampered completion, mainly about the shank treatment. Another lesson learned is Delrin rods will be my future. This is turned with a Pimo tenon turning tool and drilled for a 9mm filter. It’s a perfectly centered drill but I think I could have done it a lot quicker, the Pimo tool is pretty hard to dial in - I bought a supply of Delrin rods that are waiting for next time. If I use the Pimo tool again I’m going to drill a scrap 2nd piece of briar with a range of diameters in 1/2 mm steps before I drill the pipe and test fit a scrap stem - then the real tenon before I drill the pipe. I unfortunately drilled this pipe before I turned the tenon, so had to painstakingly fit the tenon. Overall I’m pleased and it’s promising to be a good smoker.

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The easy way to set the tenon turning tool is to set it up on a existing stem, find one that is 5/16 and adjust it to that. You'll find that the most common size.
 

alexnc

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I've got it set - and I'm not changing it! But, using an existing tenon may be the only way. I was dumb enough to drill the briar first - that won't happen again
 
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