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PostSubject: Olivewood Anemone   Sat Jul 06, 2013 5:37 pm

So, maybe it does look like an Anemone ...(the flower, not the sea variety) when viewed from the top. Maybe not.  But since I made it I get to name it.  Anyway, I seem to have a long standing affection for spirals in my carving of various things.  And while pondering the different possible shapes that could work it stood out for me once again.

This one is a collaboration between one knowing partner and a vendor who has/had no idea they were in on it.  I got the Olivewood from a local vendor of exotic woods with the express idea of carving it.  I sent it to ta harris of this site (a very fine pipemaker) and asked him to drill it for a pipe with a bent stem.  He did some looking at it and then got out his handy dandy moisture measuring thingie and discovered the wood was very wet and would likely crack if carved.  So he did a drying thing to it and it sat immersed in this salt stuff for what seemed like a long time.  I also asked him to set up the shank to fit a stem I had on hand...one of the 'special' series offered by the guys that do the 'Forever Stems' for cobs...Walker Briar Works.  If you've never visited their site, DO!

Anyway, most of the strummel was carved using a small bladed carving knife I made a while ago, which worked really quite well given that Olivewood has a pretty even density and carves well.  Of course there were a number of riffling files, etc that came into play, and my beloved Iwasaki Japanese Carving Files, the smallest size...lots of sandpaper...0000 Steel Wool...buffing wheel with white emery...and Dremel felt wheel with Hard Carnuba Wax.

What drew me to the Olivewood in the first place was what other pipe carvers have done with it, of course.  That, and the way the light wood plays against the very dark brown grain that runs through it.  I don't think that I've ever seen one stained, and this isn't either.  To me, one of the most beautiful aspects of Olivewood is the natural colors...and I did the spiral shape on this so that the grain would play well.

No, its not a professional job, but it IS fun.  And I'll bet it smokes pretty well.  It has plenty of sidewall and the bore and depth measurements I specified to Todd should make it a good flake pipe.  It's also very light, which I need as I only smoke (well, 90% anyway) while working in my shop.  All in all I think we did a yeoman's job. All in all I worked on this one on and off for about two weeks...all by hand.  

Here are some shots for your amusement:









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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Sat Jul 06, 2013 5:44 pm

If that isn't professional, I'd say it is close enough.
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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:39 pm

Looks good enought to eat, for some reason. Perhaps it's the spirals' resemblance to frosting on a cake. Dunno. I was stunned by its prettiness as I scrolled down; it just leapt out at me. A cut above any olivewood pipe I've ever seen. I have to admire your skills and the way you are developing them. Good stuff, indeed.
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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:03 pm

wow, that must took some time , nice job man
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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:04 pm

Richard Burley wrote:
Looks good enought to eat, for some reason. Perhaps it's the spirals' resemblance to frosting on a cake. Dunno. I was stunned by its prettiness as I scrolled down; it just leapt out at me. A cut above any olivewood pipe I've ever seen. I have to admire your skills and the way you are developing them. Good stuff, indeed.

Yes it does! It reminds me of a crueler with Carmel drizzled on it. Yum! Very nice pipe.
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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:10 pm

I love it!!!! Very beautiful, indeed.

I have a block of olivewood that I drilled and started turning on the lathe. I had a very bad reaction to it and had to give up on using it (we're talking problems breathing and I seriously thought about a trip to the ER). Now it sits on the top shelf in the shop and looks at me. Maybe I'll send it your way BH and you can finish it for me Very Happy 
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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:59 pm

Beautiful. Absolutely stunning. My hat is off to you!
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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:01 pm

Scottie, send it along with the other one when that's done and I'll look at it and let you know what I think I could do. But if you had such an extreme reaction to it I'd just want it the heck outta there! (nudge, nudge, wink, wink)

I don't have a lathe so you'd have to do the stem work. Now if it were me, I'd pair it with a plain (no smoke, swirls, etc. that would fight with the Olivewood grain) lucite/acrylic stem in the same kind of color group (like translucent amber or clear dark brown or maybe tortoiseshell).

Oh! I know! Make the stem a warden...about 20" long...as far away from you as possible! OR...I guess your hubby could use it. But I'm sure you had no intention of smoking anything through it yourself - right?





And the rest of you characters...hey, thanks!

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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:11 pm

I actually had plans to give it to my mom when I started it. Now I try not to touch it at all. I'll put my dish washing gloves on when I throw it in the box Laughing . I actually didn't have any problems with it until I drilled it and started turning it. I'll just have to stick to briar.
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PostSubject: Olivewood Anemone   Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:21 pm

Stunning work! Love the design, style, look.
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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:40 pm

One word - wow!
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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:24 pm

Nice! Top reminds me of the layering in an open top apple pie!
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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:26 pm

Nice work. The top view is my favorite.
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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Sat Jul 06, 2013 11:26 pm

Dave, that pipe is fantastic!

I really love your carving work. I wish I had half of your carving skills.

I am honored to have played even a minor role is such a fine piece of craftsmanship.

Todd

btw, now I've got to get the other half of the block out and get it drying...

If anyone is interested, I drilled the smoke hole and the tobacco chamber and then boiled the block (much to my wife's dismay) in the kitchen for 4 hours and let it set in the water to cool over night. Then I taped up the end grain and let the block dry slowly for about 4 or 5 months before I fitted the stem. Seems to have worked a charm.
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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Sat Jul 06, 2013 11:49 pm

Holy expletive! That is bar none the best looking olive wood pipe I've ever seen. I doff my hat to you sir!

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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:05 am

Jeez guys...yer gonna make me blush. Thanks for being so nice. It really does mean a lot to me.


Now, if you think THIS little item is interesting, just wait til I post up the set of twin daggers I'm working on. 6150 steel. The matching handles are (hold on now) Dual Dyed Stabilized Copper and Green Box Elder Burl. AND they are spiral carved like the sides of the pipe here. AND they have a stand into which they slide, side by side, that can slide out from a base to act as a scabbard. Fittings on the daggers are silver, copper, plus black and ivory paper micarta. Finally, there are three medallions made from copper and brass, framed in silver that act as butt caps on the knives and a catch on the scabbard. So if you think there's a little planning and effort in the pipe...the daggers are over the moon. IMHO.

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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:59 pm

Blackhorse wrote:
Jeez guys...yer gonna make me blush. Thanks for being so nice. It really does mean a lot to me.


Now, if you think THIS little item is interesting, just wait til I post up the set of twin daggers I'm working on. 6150 steel. The matching handles are (hold on now) Dual Dyed Stabilized Copper and Green Box Elder Burl. AND they are spiral carved like the sides of the pipe here. AND they have a stand into which they slide, side by side, that can slide out from a base to act as a scabbard. Fittings on the daggers are silver, copper, plus black and ivory paper micarta. Finally, there are three medallions made from copper and brass, framed in silver that act as butt caps on the knives and a catch on the scabbard. So if you think there's a little planning and effort in the pipe...the daggers are over the moon. IMHO.

First,
That pipe looks amazing! It looks like a vanilla cupcake to me.

Second,
You absolutely must post a picture of those when you are done. They sound incredible.
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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Sun Jul 07, 2013 2:41 pm

That is one totally bitchen pipe brother

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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Sun Jul 07, 2013 2:52 pm

Maybe I'll take a few 'in progress' pics and show the setup in pieces.

My big concern is the heat treating and tempering. Daggers are notorious for warping all over the place and with a double sided blade I can't do a differential temper by just heating the cutting side up to temp (even though heat is directed at the spine). So I have to fudge up a charcoal forge with forced air, take the whole thing to non-magnetic temp and on up to about 1600 F., try to hold it for 10 min. and then oil quench...the knife thrust downward vertically into the oil. The 6150 is new to me, but if it works out the result is a blade that is very tough and shock resistant. I gotta get my courage screwed up!

This is a photo from Albion Swords, where I got the blades. The tips on mine have been rounded.


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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:35 pm

It's fracking weird as hell. It's totally charming. I love you A little stout for such an intricate and delicate design, but the contrast works. Nice job.

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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:34 pm

Thanks Kyle. I call it...Clunky Chic.


I think that the spiral 'fins' will be good for heat radiation. I will say that it was 'interesting' to lay it out on the strummel blank. And it's still uneven in two places.

When I was 98% done with the top its design was very different, then a little teensy piece broke out and I had to totally redesign it, into its present form. I got some great practice with my 'French' at that point. It was like finding a huge void in a chunk of Briar just prior to starting to sand the top of the bowl.

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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:17 pm

great job on this pipe... love the top of the bowl... absolutely love it... !!!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:22 pm

That's a helluva pipe sir! Nice job! Very Happy 

I onceowned an olivewood pipe, just a little cheapo beater, but it smoked good and was enjoyable.

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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:02 pm



This pic almost looks like a hand holding the bowl. Complete with fingers and fingernails!

Very unique Dave. Well done!


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PostSubject: Re: Olivewood Anemone   Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:16 am

OK - I said I would so here it is...three pics of the Double Dagger project...midstream.

This will give you a good idea of the overall layout of the knife (even though the guard has been changed at this time)...the carving on the handles (again the wood is Double Dyed Stabilized Copper and Green Box Elder Burl)...and the double knife scabbard (well, maybe just a little idea on that).

Note: these were taken in my shop in June and the lighting is overhead fluorescent and spot Daylight Incandescent - so the colors are going to be skewed way toward the yellow/green look of the fluorescent.










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