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Growley

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PostSubject: Growley Magnum Rhodesian (Show and tell)   Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:41 pm

Yeah, I'm 38 and still like show-and-tell. Remember those days in grade school?

So, here's a pipe for show and tell. This particular pipe was one that reminded me of why I love being a pipemaker. I can't say that it's extra special by any means, but it just hits me right. Here's the good and the bad of the pipe: The Bad - It was a dud from the beginning. It has a fissure in the mortise that made it impossible for it to ever leave the Growley shop. The Good - That fissure will most likely never make a difference in how the pipe performs, so I've got another "shop pipe", and one that I'm REALLY excited about having.

Enough "tell", here's the "show"













And that concludes this portion of "Growley Show & Tell".
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Brewdude

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PostSubject: Re: Growley Magnum Rhodesian (Show and tell)   Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:49 pm

Dunno Brian, it looks fine to me. Mighty fine indeed.

Of course I can't see the fissure you speak about, but if it doesn't affect the performance it look like you've got a terrific pipe.


Cheers,

RR
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Growley

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PostSubject: Re: Growley Magnum Rhodesian (Show and tell)   Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:53 pm

Brewdude wrote:
Dunno Brian, it looks fine to me. Mighty fine indeed.

Of course I can't see the fissure you speak about, but if it doesn't affect the performance it look like you've got a terrific pipe.


Cheers,

RR
Thanks. The fissure is inside the mortise where the tenon fits. It won't ever show...until you take the stem out. But, I'd never sell it that way. I've heard it said, "it takes two pipes to make one." I've not that that bad of luck, but in this case it was true.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Magnum Rhodesian (Show and tell)   Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:48 am

You said my two favorite words: Magnum & Rhodesian!

Too bad about the fissure, but you have yourself one beauty of a shop pipe!

Will you be at the Richmond show? I'd love to see your creations first hand.
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Briar Spirit

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Location : England UK
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Magnum Rhodesian (Show and tell)   Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:18 am

That is gorgeous, oh the 'for smoking in the workshop' pipe syndrome, one I know all too well, seriously though Brian, that pipe is stunning.
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the rev

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Location : Oak View CA
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Magnum Rhodesian (Show and tell)   Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:38 am

I like it a lot

rev
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Growley

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PostSubject: Re: Growley Magnum Rhodesian (Show and tell)   Thu Oct 03, 2013 12:04 pm

riff raff wrote:
You said my two favorite words:  Magnum & Rhodesian!  

Too bad about the fissure, but you have yourself one beauty of a shop pipe!

Will you be at the Richmond show?  I'd love to see your creations first hand.
Thanks. Unfortunately I won't. I'm at the tail end of an adoption which has kind of locked me down for a while. I hope to make more of the shows next year, with Richmond being 2nd on my list.
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huskyguy

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Location : Ontario, Canada somewhere near Toronto
Registration date : 2013-01-31

PostSubject: Re: Growley Magnum Rhodesian (Show and tell)   Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:07 pm

That is really a good looking pipe, nicely done.
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Ocelot55

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

PostSubject: Re: Growley Magnum Rhodesian (Show and tell)   Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:23 pm

Shop pipe!? How are you supposed to clench that beast while sanding a stummel?

Still, one of the nicest "shop pipes" I've seen. 
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Toirtis

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Location : Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Magnum Rhodesian (Show and tell)   Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:41 pm

Not sure how it would be to smoke such a short pipe, as I never have done so before, but I really love the shape of that bowl!
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monbla256

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PostSubject: Re: Growley Magnum Rhodesian (Show and tell)   Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:07 pm

That's one "short but sweet" pipe Brian. I love the shape and blast but it would be TOO short for me! Enjoy Laughing Laughing 
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Growley

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PostSubject: Re: Growley Magnum Rhodesian (Show and tell)   Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:32 pm

Toirtis wrote:
Not sure how it would be to smoke such a short pipe, as I never have done so before, but I really love the shape of that bowl!
Thanks for the compliment, I think the massive bowl makes it look shorter than it is. It's 5" long. It's certainly no Canadian though Very Happy 
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Growley

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PostSubject: Re: Growley Magnum Rhodesian (Show and tell)   Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:37 pm

Ocelot55 wrote:
Shop pipe!? How are you supposed to clench that beast while sanding a stummel?

Still, one of the nicest "shop pipes" I've seen. 
Good point. This pipe isn't a clencher. I guess I should clarify my definition of "shop pipe". Very Happy  I see any pipe that isn't fit to leave the shop, as a shop pipe.

I actually rarely smoke while in the shop. I end up focusing one task more than the other, either to the demise of the pipe I'm working on, or the fire I'm trying to keep lit.

It's a "walking and chewing gum", and I'm admittedly not a great multi-tasker.
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Growley

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PostSubject: Re: Growley Magnum Rhodesian (Show and tell)   Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:39 pm

monbla256 wrote:
That's one "short but sweet" pipe Brian. I love the shape and blast but it would be TOO short for me! Enjoy Laughing Laughing 
Michael, I'm kind of thinking I'll make this my flake pipe, based off of your experience with the Pot pipe. It's not the same obviously, but the chamber is about the same.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Magnum Rhodesian (Show and tell)   Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:41 am

I love how in smooths small holes into the briar are called pits, and eschewed, but in blasts are perfectly acceptable and indicate character.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Magnum Rhodesian (Show and tell)   Fri Oct 04, 2013 3:35 pm

Your shop pipe is nicer than any in my collection. That is a stunner brother, how long did it take to complete?
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Growley

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PostSubject: Re: Growley Magnum Rhodesian (Show and tell)   Fri Oct 04, 2013 3:53 pm

i.keenum wrote:
Your shop pipe is nicer than any in my collection.  That is a stunner brother, how long did it take to complete?
Thanks. I kind of lost track of the hours on that one. I started it a long time ago, but as soon as I saw the fissure in the mortise I just put it up for a "rainy day". I didn't really know if I'd ever finish it, but the other day I got bored and it called out to me.

If I had to guess...I'd guess 8-10 hours.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Magnum Rhodesian (Show and tell)   Fri Oct 04, 2013 3:56 pm

alfredo_buscatti wrote:
I love how in smooths small holes into the briar are called pits, and eschewed, but in blasts are perfectly acceptable and indicate character.
Yeah, if I get your drift, I think I agree what you're saying. I don't like it even my blasts to have pits in them, but sometimes they're small enough they they don't show up at all when they're blasted.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Magnum Rhodesian (Show and tell)   Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:34 pm

Both blasting and rusticating indicate that the carver felt that the wood as is will look better. To this end blasting tries to highlight the patterns/grain in the wood. Pits, to me, are natural craters, and in this setting provide a different highlight, both concave and alluring.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Magnum Rhodesian (Show and tell)   Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:27 am

Looks much better than my shop pipes!
I've been having a bad spell myself, out of 5 only 1 came out OK. Some flaws which I just can't work around (that's the nature of briar!), but worst, also some silly mistakes!
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