HomeHome  CalendarCalendar  FAQFAQ  SearchSearch  RegisterRegister  MemberlistMemberlist  UsergroupsUsergroups  Log in  
Share | 
 

 Off the Bridge I go...

View previous topic View next topic Go down 
Go to page : 1, 2  Next
AuthorMessage
GuitarMyFriend

avatar

Age : 24
Location : Ludington, MI
Registration date : 2012-02-23

PostSubject: Off the Bridge I go...   Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:24 pm

These are the last words of Zach Runk.

I got a beautiful hunk of briar from Kyle a LONG time ago. The first day, I sanded her down to the shape I wanted. I wanted to make a heavy thick walled poker (I was gonna name it Jaws... Cause of the muscles you'd have to have to clench that beast). Now, like 20 years later, I went out, and bought all sorts of sand paper, a dremel tool, stain, the whole package. I have been sitting in my chair despite the gorgeous Northern Michigan weather we've been having, sanding this thing down, making it look beautiful. Working with the stem, so it fits perfectly. 4-5 HOURS! I HAVE BEEN SITTING HERE. I wanted two rings around the top and bottom of rustication and the back of the pipe all the way down the shank rusticated. Beautiful IDEA I KNOW! That would have been ebony, and the rest of the pipe which had AMAZING grain would have been stained a gorgeous shade that almost matched the Luctite stem. I charge up my BRAND NEW dremel tool after sweating into this pipe... and Try to do the first line for the ring. Turned out halfway decent, than the second ring WENT ALL OVER THE FREAKIN' PLACE!!!! I mean BAD! So my thought was, why not make the whole thing rusticated... (A quick nervous thought). WRONG! Now the pipe I had worked on so long, is ruined. I don't know what I was thinking, I can't draw a smiley face let alone a straight line... It looks horrid. I never EVER want to hold a fresh peice of Briar in my hands again.

NOW I'm sitting in my chair, smoking cigarette after cigarette playing angry music on my banjo, trying to forget about the "Jaws". Kyle I blame you for my anger. I quit pipe making, and I haven't even started.

I'm Going to Bed...
Sad Evil or Very Mad Mad Sad Evil or Very Mad Mad Sad Evil or Very Mad Mad Sad Evil or Very Mad Mad Sad Evil or Very Mad Mad

Zach
(I'm not really jumping off of a bridge).
Back to top Go down
View user profile
idbowman

avatar

Age : 35
Location : Painesville, OH
Registration date : 2011-12-19

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:28 pm

1. Finish it.
2. Smoke it.
3. Reassess.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Brewdude

avatar

Age : 65
Location : Near the Emerald city
Registration date : 2011-05-04

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:43 pm

idbowman wrote:
1. Finish it.
2. Smoke it.
3. Reassess.

This.....

Quitters never win
Winners never quit



sunny



Cheers,

RR
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://www.fallsbrew.com Online
gravel

avatar

Age : 43
Location : Oregon
Registration date : 2011-12-07

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:26 pm

Heh. Dremel.

It sounds like you have a lot of material to work with. Sand off your mistakes, finish the thing and smoke it.

Feel free to laugh derisively at the briar when you do smoke it. Unless of course you let it beat you.
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://www.tobaccocellar.com/Gravel
Rob_In_MO

avatar

Age : 44
Location : Park Hills, MO
Registration date : 2011-01-19

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:35 pm

Aawww Hell. Just finish it and smoke the darn thing.

So what if it didn't turn out exactly the way you wanted it to - it's your first one. You've learned a few lessons, and won't make similar mistakes on the next one. It happens to everyone at one point or another.

Don't give up on it, finish it, but learn from it.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
GuitarMyFriend

avatar

Age : 24
Location : Ludington, MI
Registration date : 2012-02-23

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:37 pm

Alright, I'll sand it down, It won't look how I pictured it though.
How am I supposed to rusticate it though? I'm thinking of rigging something up on my counter to hold the dremel still, and something to hold the pipe still while I rotate. I don't know. I rage quit there for a second. I'll keep working at it. I just got pissed off, but I took a 30 minute nap, smoked a bowl of Squadron Leader, and now am drinking a Guiness while working on it again.
Zach
Back to top Go down
View user profile
flytyer

avatar

Age : 51
Location : N E Pa.
Registration date : 2009-03-22

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:45 pm

After you sleep on it and have some fresh thoughts on how to fix it take your time and fix it the best that you can, finnish the pipe and enjoy smokeing it.Ugly things have a way of growing on peaple and your attitude towards it will change. Always always practice with a new power tool of any kind before you use it to do the job you intended to do with it...Ive jumped into projects with new tools and had some bad results also.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
idbowman

avatar

Age : 35
Location : Painesville, OH
Registration date : 2011-12-19

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:47 pm

Tell ya what...if you finish it, smoke it, and STILL hate it, send it my way - I'll make sure it lives a full and happy life. Cool
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Ocelot55

avatar

Location : Columbus, OH
Registration date : 2012-03-28

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:52 pm

Just finish the pipe. Enjoy it. Smoke it.

It takes a lot of hard work to make a pipe without the proper tools. It can be done, it just takes a very, very, very long time; a good eye; and a lot of patience.

I started just like you did: with bupkiss in the way of tools, only a block, some, files and sandpaper. Took me about 4 hours. Pipe looked like crap, but I was proud of myself.

Nowadays I have slightly better tools, but it takes me 10-12 hours to finish a pipe.

First pipes always look like..well...first pipes. Like everything in life it takes practice and patience. Even talent will only get you so far.
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://www.jonespipes.com
Hermit

avatar

Age : 64
Location : Ascension Parish
Registration date : 2008-04-22

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:00 pm

It's not as much fun to laugh at you without pictures. lol!
Back to top Go down
View user profile
kaiser83

avatar

Age : 34
Location : Wherever the smoke clears
Registration date : 2012-02-22

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:19 pm

My first looks like dog crap man so don't worry. Mine is a marginal smoker at best, but you will still be happy and have pride in your pipe once it's done. For rustication you could always use a small chisel if you are stuck on the idea, it is slower but will get the job done.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
GuitarMyFriend

avatar

Age : 24
Location : Ludington, MI
Registration date : 2012-02-23

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:29 pm

Alright I sanded her down, and I'm working on matching the stem with the shank as we speak. I will probably Just stain it for now, and rusticate it later, or do you all think I should just go all out and attempt rustication again? I think I've got a pretty good idea of how to do it better this time, but I'm never sure.
Zach
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Kyle Weiss

avatar

Location : Reno, NV
Registration date : 2011-09-18

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:32 pm

GuitarMyFriend wrote:
It won't look how I pictured it though.

They never do. The pipe only gets its idea from you, but will become what it wants to become. It is up to you to pay attention and listen to it, learn its language and what it needs to be free of the parts that make it a block of briar or a pipe. Your skill is unimportant.

I already know you'll finish it, because you won't let it sit there, staring at you.

Cool

Back to top Go down
View user profile
GuitarMyFriend

avatar

Age : 24
Location : Ludington, MI
Registration date : 2012-02-23

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:07 pm

Yeah, Unfinished projects aren't something I'm good at.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Kyle Weiss

avatar

Location : Reno, NV
Registration date : 2011-09-18

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:16 pm

GuitarMyFriend wrote:
Yeah, Unfinished projects aren't something I'm good at.

So quit whining and make your pipe already, gersh-dangit. Laughing

Cool
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Hermit

avatar

Age : 64
Location : Ascension Parish
Registration date : 2008-04-22

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:31 pm

I bought this in July 2008.

Still looks just like this.
I must have "carver's block." lol!
Back to top Go down
View user profile
gravel

avatar

Age : 43
Location : Oregon
Registration date : 2011-12-07

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Sun Sep 02, 2012 5:03 pm

Looks like the is a little excess material you could remove there Hermit.
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://www.tobaccocellar.com/Gravel
dshpipes

avatar

Age : 33
Location : Durham, NC
Registration date : 2011-03-06

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Sun Sep 02, 2012 5:11 pm

Hermit wrote:
I bought this in July 2008.

Still looks just like this.
I must have "carver's block." lol!

Back to top Go down
View user profile http://www.dshpipes.com
GuitarMyFriend

avatar

Age : 24
Location : Ludington, MI
Registration date : 2012-02-23

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:34 pm

Kyle,
Your encouragement desguised as snarky old-man remarks are slightly offending, and motivating. I'll get it done.

Hermit,
...
...
...
...
...
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm a sucker for a decent pun.

Zach
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Kyle Weiss

avatar

Location : Reno, NV
Registration date : 2011-09-18

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:53 pm

GuitarMyFriend wrote:
Kyle,
Your encouragement desguised as snarky old-man remarks are slightly offending, and motivating. I'll get it done.

No offense intended. Lot of stuff going on these days--if something slipped past the "re-read before I post" filter, my apologies.

Cool
Back to top Go down
View user profile
GuitarMyFriend

avatar

Age : 24
Location : Ludington, MI
Registration date : 2012-02-23

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Mon Sep 03, 2012 1:04 am

'Twas a joke my friend. I figured you'd like the "Snarky Old-man" part... I shoulda put, "in training".
Zach
Back to top Go down
View user profile
kaiser83

avatar

Age : 34
Location : Wherever the smoke clears
Registration date : 2012-02-22

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Mon Sep 03, 2012 1:50 am

GuitarMyFriend wrote:
'Twas a joke my friend. I figured you'd like the "Snarky Old-man" part... I shoulda put, "in training".
Zach

I got it before Kyle, woohoo. I'm sure the pipe will look great when you get done brother.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Kyle Weiss

avatar

Location : Reno, NV
Registration date : 2011-09-18

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:19 am

Again, distractions + Internet = scratch

*shrug* Have fun. Smile

Cool
Back to top Go down
View user profile
i.keenum

avatar

Age : 27
Location : coast of mississippi
Registration date : 2011-06-12

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:28 pm

Got to keep trying man, mine went through like four iterations over a year till i finished it.





Back to top Go down
View user profile http://ian.keenum@gmail.com
Greyson

avatar

Age : 36
Location : England
Registration date : 2012-08-03

PostSubject: Re: Off the Bridge I go...   Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:21 pm

Those versions all look very decent i.keenum
Back to top Go down
View user profile
 
Off the Bridge I go...
View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 1 of 2Go to page : 1, 2  Next
 Similar topics
-
» The Wayne Bridge is a fckn ar$eh*le thread
» Donald Maxwell MacInnis
» Flooding in Spain
» Flood 2013
» Beware are any of these hostels near you

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Brothers of Briar :: Community :: The Round Table-
Jump to: