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karam

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EDIT: Fixed Capitalization in Title (See Rule 9)

This one has a nice grain, obscured by my phone's crap camera. Again done with an angle grinder for rough shaping, then rasps, files and sandpaper, polishing with a bit of olive oil. I enlarged the already very deep bowl of the pre-drilled block with a homemade spoon bit and now it is properly cavernous. It's a good smoker too!

Unlike the rest of you here, I simply lack the patience to make something perfect, but they are good for my use and my eyes :)

P.S. this is addictive, next step will be to get undrilled blocks and do everything myself.

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karam

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Well, don't know for sure but it hasn't happened in the three months or so I have done it with my other pipes, had read somewhere - or here - about people using olive oil, the thing is the amount used is minuscule anyway, literally a couple of drops.
 
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mso489

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Great briar. Smoking and just looking at it will be a lifelong pleasure.
 
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Country Bladesmith

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Is there any concern about the oil turning rancid after a while?
Olive oil doesn’t go rancid the way other fruit/veg oils do. At least not in my experience. I’ve got leather knife sheaths and pipes that were oiled with extra virgin olive oil years ago, and have been re-oiled once or twice. I use it on my maple block cutting board, too. No issues.
 
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tkcolo

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Looks really good! I'd keep that bit on the stummel and get back on the belt sander to get to a tighter flush fit. I've made only two pipes, and my first stem needed thinning down and making that joint tight. After I worked so hard to smooth it off, I didn't have the heart to drop the grit and get back to it. Plus It's hard for me to get a sense of how much more will come off once you take a rough shape to a polish. It's fun, and I want to do more for sure. None of mine looked THAT good though.

Here is the 2nd one that I avoided that area on. That is nose oil only and 10000gr polished italian briar. Kit by Vermont Freehand. It would have been nicer if I took some meat out of the lower bowl and had a little better shaping. I only had 40hrs into that. No way was I going back to it. HAHA. 2016-09-03 16.57.05.jpg2016-09-03 17.00.03.jpg
 
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