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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:23 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:

I sport what's known as the "horseshoe," the "trucker," or the "Hogan" etc. Cool Common mistake. Razz

yes... sporting what is known as the "horseshoe" the "trucker" or the "Hogan" is indeed a common mistake. Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:07 am

Lol! Well it's good to clear up some of this mustache non-sense. That's a good look on you Kyle. It really says, "I'm a rugged, outdoors, western kinda guy." The hat helps. Razz

Finished #4! Have a look: Pipe #4: Tiger Fish
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:06 pm

I'm stunned, Uber. You've gone from first pipe to quasi-master in a matter of sheer moments. Shocked

Though, I do have to ask, aren't blowfish pipes normally with the grain about 90 from normal? This would be the first I've seen with vertical grain. Not saying it isn't spectacular--just wondering why the approach as such.

There's no way I could have carved that. No way in hell. You're a prodigy.

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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:55 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
I'm stunned, Uber. You've gone from first pipe to quasi-master in a matter of sheer moments. Shocked

Though, I do have to ask, aren't blowfish pipes normally with the grain about 90 from normal? This would be the first I've seen with vertical grain. Not saying it isn't spectacular--just wondering why the approach as such.

There's no way I could have carved that. No way in hell. You're a prodigy.

Cool

Wow. I'm totally blown away by that compliment. Thank you.

As to the shape, a blow fish is pretty much always oriented with the birds eye on the panels. This one started out as an apple and kinda... transformed. This seems to be my process so far:

1. Draw a classic shape on a block of wood
2. Cut into wood
3. Make something that's absolutely nothing like a classic shape

In shape, this pipe still falls into the "blow fish" category, but in grain orientation it falls short. That's one reason I decided to call it a "Tiger Fish." It's still a fishy shape, but not what it should be to be a "blow fish" IMO.
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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:56 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
I'm stunned, Uber. You've gone from first pipe to quasi-master in a matter of sheer moments. Shocked

It's probably the lathe. Razz
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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:17 pm

At the same time, you have some patience and a keen eye that's going someplace. Please, by all means, continue and cultivate this. Cool You can blame it on the tools all you want, but you ain't no ape simply bangin' rocks and wood together in an attempt to carve pipes.
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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:28 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
At the same time, you have some patience and a keen eye that's going someplace. Please, by all means, continue and cultivate this. Cool You can blame it on the tools all you want, but you ain't no ape simply bangin' rocks and wood together in an attempt to carve pipes.

That's what I do! Hence Boulder & Briar lol!
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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:30 pm

Sorry, ill attempt at being funny. Laughing
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:38 pm

I think that's what most of us do when it comes down to it, banging rocks and wood together, that is. I like to think of my pipes as "quaintly curious." Cool
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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:48 pm

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I think that's what most of us do when it comes down to it, banging rocks and wood together, that is. I like to think of my pipes as "quaintly curious." Cool

Lol! And that they are. Wink

I may not be an ape, but it's still a bunch of fun to bang rocks and wood together.
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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:49 pm

BTW, there's another blog update. A bunch of folks suggested that I bend the stem, so I did and then updated the blog. Razz

Check it out!

http://dshpipes.blogspot.com/2012/07/pipe-4-tiger-fish.html
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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:56 pm

The stem change is really subtle, but I think it enhances the look.
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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:00 pm

The stem needed a slight bend. Good call. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Sun Aug 05, 2012 12:44 pm

Hey guys!

I made another pipe and wrote a blog post about it. Some of the lessons I learned as well as additional photos can be found there.

You can get there by clicking here.

I was aiming for a classic billiard. While I may have missed the mark, I think the pipe still turned out pretty ok. Some great lessons were learned and I hope to attack this shape again with more success in the future. Check it out!

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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Sun Aug 05, 2012 12:52 pm

That is really sharp. Love the color.
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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:39 pm

It's a Billipoker. I like it. Cool Never quite seen anything shaped that way. That's one of the sweetest grains I've ever seen on the sides of a pipe--it's not quite traditional "birdseye..." More like... a compound eye? Laughing Who cares. It's cool.

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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:59 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
It's a Billipoker. I like it. Cool Never quite seen anything shaped that way. That's one of the sweetest grains I've ever seen on the sides of a pipe--it's not quite traditional "birdseye..." More like... a compound eye? Laughing Who cares. It's cool.

Cool

Lol! Thanks, Kyle.

Billipoker? Gonna have to pull up some more detailed research to prove that one to me. Razz Wink
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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:05 pm

All the research you need is right here with yours truly--I just made it up. So, verified. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:18 pm

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All the research you need is right here with yours truly--I just made it up. So, verified. Cool

Razz

BTW, a fellow from another forum mentioned what now seems so obvious. To turn this into a billiard, all that the pipe needs is to lose about a 1/4" from the top. Right now it's a stack. We may see this pipe shape shift.
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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:20 pm

Lol! You're too fast for me! I was just about to say that I actually kinda like it stacked like this.

Future billiards will definitely look more billiardy, though. Razz

Note: weird that this got posted out of order. This post should be after Kyle's next one.


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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:20 pm

Nooooooooooooo don't do it! It's awesome! Sad Sad Sad

Billiards have a little "bulge" at the center (or, are every-so-slightly narrower at the top), anyway, I think if you cut it it'll just turn into a "short stack."


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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:23 pm

UberHuberMan wrote:
Lol! You're too fast for me! I was just about to say that I actually kinda like it stacked like this.

Future billiards will definitely look more billiardy, though. Razz

Note: weird that this got posted out of order. This post should be after Kyle's next one.

There. Problem fixed.
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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:25 pm

That's okay, I was busy editing to clarify, anyway. Laughing So you're too fast for me, too. Razz

Wait, did we just experience a time-shift? *checks watch* Razz

Glad you're keeping the pipe as-is. I'm fond of it, it's very personable. I suspect by holding it and smoking the color will change beautifully, too.

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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:39 am

A fellow from another forum asked me a question about lesson #3 from my previous blog post about sanding correctly to get a good contrast stain so I did a little write up for him and posted it on my blog.

Check it out!
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PostSubject: Re: My Pipe Making Blog   Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:29 pm

I don't know a lot about working with pipes, or woodworking in general, but I've refinished enough wooden gems from the trash, junk stores and dumpster diving to say, with confidence, stain is a "fading affair."

Stain goes on the wood, and somewhat unevenly, seeps into the fibers. Each millimeter (or less) is a shade lighter than the last as you go deeper. That's why the cut of wood is important, I fig'gur, because different parts of the tree will absorb stain differently as per its growth pattern. So yeah, it makes sense knowing when to stop sanding will yield even or uneven results. I guess practice, intuition and a keen eye are about they only thing you need. The right stain probably helps, too.

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