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sorringowl

sorringowl

Location : The City of Angels
Registration date : 2010-08-08

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PostSubject: Some Walnut pipes I've made   Some Walnut pipes I've made EmptyMon Jan 24, 2011 4:16 pm

Hey guys,
Still new here and still getting know everybody but just wanted to share some pipe making "experiments" I've done so far. These are my first two pipes I made last year and they are made from Walnut wood; the stems are made from hard rock maple. Just kind of experimented with these (as I had a lot of Walnut on hand) so I could work my way up to briar (which, I'm working on my first briar now--will post pics of that whenever I get done with that as well).

1st pipe ever:
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As you can see, this is pretty rough, but I hand turned the tenon on the maple stem myself so, if for nothing else, it was worth it to know I can do it. I left the bark on the edge of the wood (3rd pic) and I was pretty happy with the shaping (considering it was my first pipe). This is a stubby nosewarmer and I still smoke it. The Walnut has a very, well, nutty taste to it (which I really like) when you're breaking it in (once it's broken in, though, there's no taste to it) and it stays pretty cool. I have smoked this one regularly for almost a year and it's still one of my favorite pipes to smoke. Weighs about 0.7 ounces so, it's nice and light and you can clench it all day.

Here's my 2nd Walnut pipe, a paneled, squat, nosewarmer pot with a square, stubby stem.

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With this 2nd one I wanted to focus more on finishing, shaping and using the wood grain as a design component. I cut a block of walnut that had sapwood and heartwood and then drilled the chamber in between them. I like the contrast in the wood. The finish was tough on this one, since Walnut is so porous. I had to sand to 2000 grit (with pumice and a homemade, all natural filler) to close up the pores so that I could get a decent shine (unlike my first which just soaked the stain and wax like a sponge-haha). The walls on this are almost 1/2" thick so it stays nice and cool. It's pretty beefy at the bowl area (about 1-3/4" wide) but it still only weighs about 1. 5 oz. I smoke this one a lot still and I really love it.

Thanks for looking and suggestions, comments, etc. are always welcome.
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Harlock999

Harlock999

Location : Los Angeles
Registration date : 2010-10-22

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PostSubject: Re: Some Walnut pipes I've made   Some Walnut pipes I've made EmptyMon Jan 24, 2011 10:18 pm

Very interesting. I like the bark on the front of the first pipe, very nice touch.
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CLRV

CLRV

Age : 35
Location : Tulsa, Oklahoma
Registration date : 2010-12-29

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PostSubject: Re: Some Walnut pipes I've made   Some Walnut pipes I've made EmptyMon Jan 24, 2011 11:15 pm

Really very lovely. I can't wait to see your briar work.
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itsKot

itsKot

Age : 29
Location : Malmö, Sweden
Registration date : 2010-09-19

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PostSubject: Re: Some Walnut pipes I've made   Some Walnut pipes I've made EmptyMon Jan 24, 2011 11:24 pm

If you can get your hands on some olive wood you may also want to try your hand at that, talk about striking grain! Keep up the work, can't wait to see some work down the road!
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buckeye

buckeye

Location : cincinnati,ohio
Registration date : 2011-01-20

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PostSubject: Re: Some Walnut pipes I've made   Some Walnut pipes I've made EmptyTue Jan 25, 2011 5:41 am

man really nice work
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sorringowl

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Location : The City of Angels
Registration date : 2010-08-08

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PostSubject: Re: Some Walnut pipes I've made   Some Walnut pipes I've made EmptyTue Jan 25, 2011 10:56 am

Thanks for the all too kind words, guys. I'm really enjoying BoB
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sorringowl

sorringowl

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PostSubject: Re: Some Walnut pipes I've made   Some Walnut pipes I've made EmptyTue Jan 25, 2011 10:59 am

itsKot wrote:
If you can get your hands on some olive wood you may also want to try your hand at that, talk about striking grain! Keep up the work, can't wait to see some work down the road!

Hey itsKot, I definitely would love to try some olive wood. I hear it's got a sweet, olive-y taste when you break it in.

There's a guy over in South Africa (Charl Goussard, I think is his name) that makes some gorgeous pipes out of African Blackwood. Those things have amazing grain!
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hobie1dog

hobie1dog

Age : 63
Registration date : 2010-06-21

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PostSubject: Re: Some Walnut pipes I've made   Some Walnut pipes I've made EmptyTue Jan 25, 2011 3:30 pm

thanks for the pics
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MartinH

MartinH

Age : 49
Location : The South
Registration date : 2011-01-04

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PostSubject: Re: Some Walnut pipes I've made   Some Walnut pipes I've made EmptyTue Jan 25, 2011 6:49 pm

Very nice artistry. I've never heard of pipes out of this material, so forgive my ignorance. How does something like this smoke?

Martin
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sorringowl

sorringowl

Location : The City of Angels
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PostSubject: Re: Some Walnut pipes I've made   Some Walnut pipes I've made EmptyWed Jan 26, 2011 12:44 am

MartinH wrote:
Very nice artistry. I've never heard of pipes out of this material, so forgive my ignorance. How does something like this smoke?

Martin

Very nice, thank you, Martin. The Walnut stays cool (as long as you don't overdo it) and these are holding up quite nice. This is actually Black Walnut that I harvested from this huge Walnut tree trunk that my neighbor had for years in her yard. The trunk was about 2-1/2 wide by about as tall and there was even some burl in there. I split the trunk myself, by hand (well, with about four iron wedges and a sledge hammer) and then I quartersawed the wood and bandsawed it into 2-4" thick boards (many of which I still have). Lots of heartwood and sapwood, which makes for great contrast. When I first split the wood, it was still wet, even after being cut down for about three years. Took about two years for the boards to dry fully and I let this age about 9 years before I made these pipes (the first thing I used the wood for). Now, the wood has been air drying for the last 10 years and I just might make a pipe cabinet out of it (I'm running out of room in the top drawer of my military field desk for my growing pipe collection), ala, George Nakashima style.

Thanks for asking.
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red kilt

red kilt

Age : 32
Location : Tucson, Az
Registration date : 2010-12-23

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PostSubject: Re: Some Walnut pipes I've made   Some Walnut pipes I've made EmptyWed Jan 26, 2011 12:52 am

Love the nosewarmer. Been wantin one for awhile but have a serious lack of funds.
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