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PostSubject: PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS   PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS EmptySun Sep 11, 2011 8:49 pm

Well it's time to pull the plug on the poll and post the results. Pipe carver number two got the most votes and gets bragging rights for the year. I thought all three were exceptional in their own way.

I think if you wanted to post your impressions and opinions on the pipes in a constructive way it might be beneficial,,,not that there's anything wrong with any of them,,,I just think it would be interesting to hear what people think,,,,Maybe the carvers could comment on any problems they ran into and how they solved them,,,

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PostSubject: Re: PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS   PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS EmptySun Sep 11, 2011 8:59 pm

Hey I came in the top three, cheers what do you know. I had the pipe in the first picture; comments, ideas, criticism are welcome. Let me know what you think.
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According to my top-secret key, that means the winnah is... tNd!
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PostSubject: Re: PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS   PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS EmptySun Sep 11, 2011 10:06 pm

i.keenum wrote:
Hey I came in the top three, cheers what do you know. I had the pipe in the first picture; comments, ideas, criticism are welcome. Let me know what you think.

Hey I like your pipe,,I had one somewhat like it and enjoyed every bowl I smoked in it,,,It now resides in my friends house because he fell in love with it and whined and begged with tears in his eyes until I relented. He offered his first born for it but she's eighteen and my wife gave me one of those looks,,,I pointed out the girl could do the housework but then I got "the stare".
I like the rough exterior and the asymetrical shape. Looks like it fits the hand especially well and the color is nice. Should be a great smoker,,,congrats on making a great pipe, glad you shared with us.

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PostSubject: Re: PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS   PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS EmptySun Sep 11, 2011 10:26 pm

mark wrote:
I pointed out the girl could do the housework but then I got "the stare".

Cool lol! Cool
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PostSubject: Re: PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS   PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS EmptySun Sep 11, 2011 11:29 pm

I really liked all 3 pipes, which is why i didnt vote...couldnt decide.

The first pipe would have been my favorite, if the "bridge" part of the block was removed between the bowl & what would then have been the shank, and the bowl cut down a little shorter. Rustication/smooth combo looked good & worked well i think.

2nd pipe would have been my favorite if the bowl was more dublinish and tapered towards the bottom. Im a sucker for plateaux top and love a bowl that sort of visually grows from the heel up to an awesome crown of plateax on the rim. Liked the choice of color & the finish job on it.

3rd pipe would have been my favorite if the curve where the top of the shank meets the bowl matched the curve of the heel. Just a little more wood removed at that junction there. Shank adornment was a nice touch & looks great with that stain, and i think the shape overall would be pretty snazzy with a bit of work at the junction and maybe a tiny bit of bowl shaping so it wouldnt be just straight up walls.

Again, i liked all 3 pipes and they all look like some care and effort were put into them. There would be a spot in my racks for any of 'em. Well done.
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PostSubject: Re: PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS   PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS EmptyWed Sep 21, 2011 1:10 am

mark wrote:
Maybe the carvers could comment on any problems they ran into and how they solved them

Hey guys, I've been following the board but not posting much lately. First off, congrats to the winner! I made pipe #3, and was very impressed with the quality of the other two pipes. Fine jobs!

Now that the contest is over, here are some pics I took along the way, with brief descriptions of what I was doing.

To begin with, I bought a plateaux block kit with both a regular stem and a churchwarden stem. I know my finished pipe doesn't look like a plateux because it's not "raw" on the top, but that's mainly because I wanted the bowl to be a little shorter, so I sanded it down.

Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture of the raw block. I only took a picture after I'd worked on it a bit with my drill/sanding wheel setup. This is a pic of the stummel and stem after initial sanding, and some supplies I picked up at Home Depot for the job

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I wanted a nice decorative metal fitting on the end of my stummel, so the first challenge was to create that fitting myself, since I had no idea where to get them online or what they were called (I eventually found them, but forgot what they are called again, so I'd have to dig around to find them). But I DID know where to get a threaded brass pipe cap, so that's what I bought at the hardware store for a few bucks, and I hand-whittled my stummel to fit the internal diameter:

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Another shot of my whittling work:

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Once I got the stummel whittled down to the right size, I took the brass cap to the drill press to put a hole in it so I could fit the stem in:

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And then I fitted the cap onto the stummel with gorilla glue. It threaded on nice and tight and locked into place, never to move again:

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After that, I spent several days just sanding and sanding with 180, 400, and even 600 grit sandpaper until it was so smooth that it didn't even feel like wood anymore. It felt like some kind of plastic. Then I took it to the drill setup again, this time with a buffing wheel and tripoli compound, and buffed it until it was shiny. Then I bought some alcohol-based leather stain and gave it a once-over (staining my hands yellow for a week in the process!). Then heated up the stem in the oven and bent it like I wanted. I decided not to use the churchwarden stem on this pipe. Once bent, I sanded the stem the same way I sanded the pipe, with progressively finer paper and then tripoli. Then I buffed both the stem and pipe (assembled) with carnauba wax on the buffing wheel until it looked like this:

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I had a number of challenges and setbacks along the way:

* I almost took off too much wood when sanding the side walls. I mentioned this in a previous post. Don't continue to sand when you're getting tired!
* I stained my hands yellow with the leather stain because I didn't wear gloves.
* At one point, when I had almost finished the buffing of the stummel, the buffing wheel yanked the stummel out of my hand and flung it down hard on the concrete garage floor. It put several gouges in the side wall, the lip, and the rounded bottom of the stummel, and I had to go all the way back to 180 grit sandpaper to work the gouges and scratches out. Keep a firm grip on the stummel when buffing!
* I mistakenly buffed the brass fitting first with tripoli, then moved on to the stummel. You know what happens when you polish brass? It turns your buffing wheel/cloth BLACK! And then that transfers to the unfinished surface of your pipe! I should have buffed the brass last. Instead, I had to toss that buffing wheel and use another one.
* Someone else already mentioned this in this thread, but if you look at the shape of the bowl, you can see I didn't sand down as far as I could have on the stem-side of the bowl. This is because I ran into a knot or something right at the bend, and the more I sanded, the more the knot opened up. I decided not to go into the wood any further in that area for fear of opening up a hole or something. I wish I had kept the stummel "thicker" so I could have stopped as soon as I noticed the knot and still had a nice shape. But I was already committed to the rest of the shape because I'd started with the bowl and sidewalls.
* I rednecked it up by using a brass plumbing fitting instead of a real smoking pipe flange or sleeve or whatever it's called. The end results were okay, but I would have rather had a nickel fitting or something that was easier to work with.

Lots of lessons learned! It was a great first pipe experience. Hope this encourages others to take on this project. I mean, if *I* can make a decent pipe out of glue and plumbing fittings and a drill, ANYONE can, trust me!

Oh, and btw, the pipe smokes great! It's a bit of a hot smoker because of the thin sidewalls, but not really any hotter than my Savinelli (which is also on the thin side).
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PostSubject: Re: PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS   PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS EmptyWed Sep 21, 2011 11:12 am

Thanks for posting that SingleMalt....,,lots of information there. Using the brass nut was pretty crafty. Your pipe came out great, and the stain job looks professional. I'd have quit chasing those pits and left them just like you did,,,a little reminder that nature isn't perfect. Sounds like a good experience overall, and thanks for sharing ,,,,

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PostSubject: Re: PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS   PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS EmptyThu Sep 22, 2011 1:35 am

mark wrote:
Maybe the carvers could comment on any problems they ran into and how they solved them,,,

Smile thank you all Brothers...
i seriously thought that i would just participate - not win ... the pipe is not that exceptional when i look at it now Smile ... she has more than several issues that need to be changed in order to make it better - and the block had potential to be made into a better pipe......
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first - i ordered a bent pipe kit... because of that i choose a fancy type of mouthpiece... after receiving the kit, i have seen that in reality i got a straight pipe kit and a fancy mouthpiece... there was not much to do about it - had to work with what i had..
second problem i had was the size - yes, you read it good Smile - the block was huge Smile... i sent the drawing of what i wanted to make (it was something like a freehand Nording) to the pipe kit supplier and they have told me that the medium sized block will not be big enough.. so, i ordered a bigger one... at that time i was not thinking to make more than 2 pipes in a whole year (because of the money i had available but eventually i got hooked and found the way to make more)...

huge block gave me the chamber that is over 6cm high Smile Smile ... i could easily sand it down but i wanted also to keep the bark of the plateaux so, i had to figure what to do...the result can be seen in those pictures... a huge pipe that smokes preety much cool for about 4hours (my guess as i never filled it all the way to the top)...
in fact this was a really nice block to start with... no dots, cracks or anything on it... very nice....

i was making that pipe for myself for arround a month and a half - this took me so long just because i did not have all the tools - polishing wheels were needed...
she has several layers of carnauba there and surface looked really nice - i had luck to make it look nice first time i did it...
those are sweet memories when i look at it now - i am still using her but not that often mostly due to her size... Smile
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once again - thank you guys for votes and everything....
best regards
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pictures ... Smile
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PostSubject: Re: PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS   PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS EmptyThu Sep 22, 2011 1:53 am

@SingleMalt - using a brass nut was a nice idea and a really good job... i can imagine how long you needed to file that down and polish and everything... this is a great work... congtratualtions...!!!
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PostSubject: Re: PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS   PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS EmptyThu Sep 22, 2011 11:39 am

tNd:

Once again, stunning. The squiggly grain was really a plus, it looks like combed wool...it's great.

One question: how do you stain the top/natural side of the briar black, or moreover, what is used? It was well-executed in this case, too.
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PostSubject: Re: PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS   PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS EmptyThu Sep 22, 2011 3:47 pm

on this one - i used a black alcohol stain to paint it black and when i applied carnauba on the rest of the pipe i put small pieces of carnauba and melt them using a heat gun ... works great but a pain in the as* job...
today, i use a schelac to finish the bark top... much easier and works great... Smile
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PostSubject: Re: PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS   PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS EmptyThu Sep 22, 2011 5:42 pm

tNd wrote:
on this one - i used a black alcohol stain to paint it black and when i applied carnauba on the rest of the pipe i put small pieces of carnauba and melt them using a heat gun ... works great but a pain in the as* job...
today, i use a schelac to finish the bark top... much easier and works great... Smile
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Nice! Gives me some idea of how I want to approach a pipe in the future.

So, shellac, eh? I use that to finish some of the stocks on my old Russian rifles (hey, it was good enough for them) and when it gets hot, it tends to bubble up a little...ever had that happen with pipes? Otherwise, it's easy to re-finish if needed, just a little denatured alcohol and smooth them right out again. I both love and loathe working with shellac.
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PostSubject: Re: PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS   PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS EmptyThu Sep 22, 2011 8:55 pm

All the pictures here are very helpful and interesting. Thanks for taking the time to post them.

Daniel - your block was very impressive and resulted in one of the nicest grain patterns that I've seen in a long time. You mentioned a little about the kit...but not where you got it. Would you share that information?

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PostSubject: Re: PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS   PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS EmptyFri Sep 23, 2011 1:02 am

Kyle Weiss wrote:
tNd wrote:
on this one - i used a black alcohol stain to paint it black and when i applied carnauba on the rest of the pipe i put small pieces of carnauba and melt them using a heat gun ... works great but a pain in the as* job...
today, i use a schelac to finish the bark top... much easier and works great... Smile
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Nice! Gives me some idea of how I want to approach a pipe in the future.

So, shellac, eh? I use that to finish some of the stocks on my old Russian rifles (hey, it was good enough for them) and when it gets hot, it tends to bubble up a little...ever had that happen with pipes? Otherwise, it's easy to re-finish if needed, just a little denatured alcohol and smooth them right out again. I both love and loathe working with shellac.

you use just a small amount of schellac - just to finish the bark, not more than that... Smile
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Blackhorse wrote:
All the pictures here are very helpful and interesting. Thanks for taking the time to post them.

Daniel - your block was very impressive and resulted in one of the nicest grain patterns that I've seen in a long time. You mentioned a little about the kit...but not where you got it. Would you share that information?

i have not told anything about where i got the kit just because i am using this company even now and i am happy with their service but the first time i ordered i got the wrong order - so, i did not want to give them any negative feedback ... in fact the company is good and reliable in my opinion they just made an error the first time ... but despite that error, i got a really nice block to work with... so, i can't complain Smile Smile Smile

so, no negative feedback here.... the company is PIMO...
Pimo link

the block i got was UP2+ in a Prebored briar section.....
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Hey tNd im considering carving a pipe...I emailed PIMO 2 days ago...no response yet. Is this normal for them or were they prompt. Not trying to make a bad name for them or anything just wondering if maybe they didn't get the email.
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Boxerbuddy wrote:
Hey tNd im considering carving a pipe...I emailed PIMO 2 days ago...no response yet. Is this normal for them or were they prompt. Not trying to make a bad name for them or anything just wondering if maybe they didn't get the email.

I wondered the same thing, as their site is so..."vintage", but my order went through, and I was pleased with the item they sent.
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PostSubject: Re: PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS   PIPE CARVING CONTEST RESULTS EmptyFri Oct 14, 2011 1:02 am

Any search re pipe kits will typically bring up the generic kits, and thenTinsky and pimco as the two 'high end' providers. I've only heard good things about both of those.

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Boxerbuddy wrote:
Hey tNd im considering carving a pipe...I emailed PIMO 2 days ago...no response yet. Is this normal for them or were they prompt. Not trying to make a bad name for them or anything just wondering if maybe they didn't get the email.

i have no experience related delayed mails from what i can remember... they were allways very quick in every reply and everything... try contacting them again but change the subject line in something like "Pimo material info" or similar... maybe the mail went into a spam box or something automatically without their knowledge...
tell them that you send the mail allready and ask them to confirm that they have received the second mail... i think it should not be a problem...
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Blackhorse wrote:
Any search re pipe kits will typically bring up the generic kits, and thenTinsky and pimco as the two 'high end' providers. I've only heard good things about both of those.

it is allways good to get the good material - but for the first pipe it is not really the material that is an issue - begginers mistakes and similar will be more of a problem here... so, almost any low grade material will do - we can't expect that the first pipe will be perfect... Smile
Pimo does not have really good material but it was allways good for starters and even more experienced and the price is reasonable IMO... so, i would give it a go anytime... Smile
i have no experience with M.Tinsky kits.... Smile maybe they have better price/quality range...
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Besides amsmoke.com, where do you guys suggest to purchase your Tinsky/Pimco (or other) kits? I've gotten a few sites, but figured there were some "for-sure, go-to" sites that are reputable and through good experience?

It's true, a cheapo carver kit is perfect for the beginner (i.e., me) if you mess up, to heck with it. My efforts to carve came out okay, it isn't perfect, but it's certainly acceptable, and smokes great!
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I'd just google 'smoking pipe kit' or something like that...or go arounf to some of tbe online vendors and look under 'pipes' and if they have the the generic ones you'll see them listed. It shouldn't be too hard to find some.

Comment from someone experienced with both kinds...generic, and what I've already termed the 'high end' type (of which I've only done the Tinsky thing)...to me the difference was really in the quality of the stem, since briar is usially a crap shoot. Though the high end kit from Mark had excellent briar, the stem was perhapss a little harder to fit and finish properly...needed sanding and buffing. The generic kit had a military style push in stem, of lower quality material, but easier to finish. I REALLY appreciated Mark's job on the stem. I got a translucent tortoise stem to my size specification and a friend who also got a kit from Mark got an opaque white stem. Mine totally looked like Mark had cut it fresh from a rod blank...beautifull job. For what I think is a very small difference in cost, esp. for the non-plateaux kits, i'd prefer to have a kit with a block selected with my ultimate shape in mind and with a 'custom' stem. But that's just me.

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My first carve your own pipe kit was an Eric Nording. The quality of the briar and stem were top notch. I carved that one into a freehand shape designed to fit my hand. The second kit i purchased was from American Smoking Pipe Company it was one of the small standard straight kits. The briar is of good quality but the bit whole was drilled slightly to large in the briair and the bit does not fit well in that it is loose. The bit has also required a lot of finishing and when I have it completed in a few days I will post some pictures.
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