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BigCasino

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PostSubject: Walnut (good idea, bad idea)   Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:41 pm

A Fun little project that we have going on at the pipemakers forum we were to make a pipe in the shape of a fruit, or nut I of course chose the Walnut as the title of this thread suggests

I like the way the stummel turned out but I am not  a fan of the shank, the rustication or the the color of the shank I think I should have left the shank smooth!

and during the rustication process of the shank I took a little too much of the one side and it makes it look like the flank flares out right at the stem and shank junction!

and this was my first stem I made and shaped the taper and the button from scratch







oh and I found out rusticating your finger with a high speed dremel bit doesnt quite hurt as bad as it sounds
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PostSubject: Re: Walnut (good idea, bad idea)   Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:56 pm

You certainly nailed the walnut look. I like it. I agree with you about the shank. I too think it would have looked better if you had left it smooth. JMO Any chance you could re-sand it or would it leave it too thin?

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PostSubject: Re: Walnut (good idea, bad idea)   Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:05 pm

yeah, I thought about that AJ but you are correct, I am worried it would get to thin
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PostSubject: Re: Walnut (good idea, bad idea)   Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:25 pm

Great rendition of a walnut there. The shank, well to me it sort of looks like the veins on a leaf, or an autumn leaf that has fallen from the tree. I like it.
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PostSubject: Re: Walnut (good idea, bad idea)   Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:46 pm

Thanks Man, my hopes was the stem would look more twig, or kind of organic like, but I think i missed the target on this one Sad 
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PostSubject: Re: Walnut (good idea, bad idea)   Sat Aug 31, 2013 12:08 am

Regardless, it turned out nicely and I'd smoke from it What a Face 
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PostSubject: Re: Walnut (good idea, bad idea)   Sat Aug 31, 2013 2:23 am

Harry,

I've been sitting here in my recliner with my laptop and had the picture of your pipe before me for quite awhile. While watching TV and glancing at the pipe it occurred to me that I've been looking at from the wrong perspective. Something about the shank was bugging me and I couldn't identify why. Well after a couple of episodes of American Restoration and a glass of iced tea it finally came to me what the problem was. It didn't remind me of leaves, trees, a branch, or anything organic. It reminded me of a scene in an Egyptian tomb. It's similar to the writing and symbols on the walls and I thought that's cool. With a few more embellishments and/or symbols you might make it work if you like that sort of thing. I bet with a little effort you could get your creative juices flowing and figure a way to tie that theme into the bowl. Now I don't have a clue as how to do it but I'm willing to bet that it would be a simpler fix than sanding, blasting, or staining. It also kinda reminded me of some Chinese characters. Just a couple of ideas I had by looking at it a little longer to see what would come to mind. Of course none of this may appeal to you or maybe you don't see what I'm talking about but if you were making the pipe for me I would want you to go with the Egyptian theme. I might even consider buying it. It surely would be unique and depending on what type of embellishments you used it might turn out to be a magnificent work of art. Just something for you to consider. Smile 

AJ


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PostSubject: Re: Walnut (good idea, bad idea)   Sat Aug 31, 2013 2:38 am

The bowl is superb Harry and that stem is absolutely spot on, awesome work on both areas, I too share your concern with the shank, not so much the rustication but more the darker staining I think. If it were mine I would attempt taking out some of the darker stain using some ISO and a soft'ish toothbrush, I suggest a soft'ish toothbrush as it wont remove any of the wood and would get right into the depths of the rustication. Failing that chap you might consider adding some darker stain to the bowl as AJ suggests, if you look at an old Walnut you will notice dark patches here and there, perhaps using an older Walnut for reference. Either way Harry it is a superb pipe, you did a fantastic job, bravo. cheers cheers cheers 
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PostSubject: Re: Walnut (good idea, bad idea)   Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:38 am

Great looking pipe brother I love it
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PostSubject: Re: Walnut (good idea, bad idea)   Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:27 am

Reminds me of a pipe I seen somewhere, nice job. I think you captured it right on.

Oh! as far as the Dremel thing, your probably not doing it just right. I find if you pay no attention to what your doing and just drive the thing into the side of your index finger it'll start hurting a bit. The worst part is all the blood you splatter until you get the dang thing turned off. Not that I've ever done that mind you.Cool 
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PostSubject: Re: Walnut (good idea, bad idea)   Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:11 am

Thanks guys, the more I look at it the more the shank is growing on me, I think blasting the shank might be cool, and would have been the best way to do the rustication, but alas I have no blaster!

Ron, luckily I just kind of grazed the finger, not a lot of blood, but when I wiped down the stummel with alcohol I sure remembered the gouge, it actually hurts more this morning then when I did it... go figure
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PostSubject: Re: Walnut (good idea, bad idea)   Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:19 am

Love the bowl. Great job at that. It really looks like a walnut. The stem at first I wasn't sure about but the more I look at it the more OK I am with it.
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PostSubject: Re: Walnut (good idea, bad idea)   Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:46 am

I have to agree on the stem's staining. All the rest is outstanding.

If the black doesn't lighten as suggested, I'd deepen the brown. The color contrast is a nice idea you had. I just think that it ended up a bit more contrasty than your vision wanted.
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PostSubject: Re: Walnut (good idea, bad idea)   Sat Aug 31, 2013 12:32 pm

WOW Brothere amazing job on the walnut.As for the stem i agree with few of the other coments that if it coud just be lightend up a bit it would be perfect. Nice job.
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PostSubject: Re: Walnut (good idea, bad idea)   Sat Aug 31, 2013 2:24 pm

Like the others said, you cracked the nut on the walnut. I think too that if you could take some of the dark out of the shank it would help. But, that's me. All in all, excellent job there! Very cool!
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PostSubject: Walnut (good idea, bad idea)   Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:03 pm

ajn27511 wrote:
Harry,

I've been sitting here in my recliner with my laptop and had the picture of your pipe before me for quite awhile. While watching TV and glancing at the pipe it occurred to me that I've been looking at from the wrong perspective. Something about the shank was bugging me and I couldn't identify why. Well after a couple of episodes of American Restoration and a glass of iced tea it finally came to me what the problem was. It didn't remind me of leaves, trees, a branch, or anything organic. It reminded me of a scene in an Egyptian tomb. It's similar to the writing and symbols on the walls and I thought that's cool. With a few more embellishments and/or symbols you might make it work if you like that sort of thing. I bet with a little effort you could get your creative juices flowing and figure a way to tie that theme into the bowl. Now I don't have a clue as how to do it but I'm willing to bet that it would be a simpler fix than sanding, blasting, or staining. It also kinda reminded me of some Chinese characters. Just a couple of ideas I had by looking at it a little longer to see what would come to mind. Of course none of this may appeal to you or maybe you don't see what I'm talking about but if you were making the pipe for me I would want you to go with the Egyptian theme. I might even consider buying it. It surely would be unique and depending on what type of embellishments you used it might turn out to be a magnificent work of art. Just something for you to consider. Smile 

AJ


"I would want you to go with the Egyptian theme. "

I would agree with Aj on this one.  Interesting look.
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PostSubject: Re: Walnut (good idea, bad idea)   Sat Sep 07, 2013 2:13 pm

I really like the Walnut shape BigCasino...good stuff!
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