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Growley

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PostSubject: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:46 pm

Hey Brothers,

I just shipped this pipe out and thought I'd post it up here as well in case you wanted to take a look. This is the first of it's shape I've done before, but there's something I like about it. I might just have to make one for myself  Very Happy I've got a few changes in mind, but nothing drastic.

What do you think? Do you like the way it turned out?













Thanks for looking.

Any and all feedback is appreciated  Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:59 pm

Wow! That is a gorgeous pipe! I love the contrasting colored bands. Im sure the new owner is going to be very happy!
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:00 pm

It turned out nicely!
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:01 pm

She's a looker for sure  Smile 

Love the blast and the stain -- the ferrule work is gorgeous. I'm not a fan of the rim treatment, but that's purely an aesthetic preference.

Well done and thanks for posting!
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:05 pm

Oh Yeah! I'm liking it a lot. The only change I can see is it would make a spectacular "smooth" pipe especially with that great rim job. Oh, you might want to fill it with some HOTW.  Smile 

AJ
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:30 pm

What kicks it for me, Brian, is the "shelf" or "ridge" or whatever the best term is for the slightly out of round shaped the bowl has towards the bottom.  The way it moves from a volcano shape bowl back into a billiard or brandy is what I like best.  

Had you angled the sides of the bowl back into the round bottom, as per a "proper" round bowl, I would find this pipe much less remarkable.  Same for had you bulged the lower portion of the bowl out.  Very nice work finding the sweet spot.


Oh, and the rest of the pipe's nice, too lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:42 pm

I don't want your head to get too big, Brian, so I'll just say this:

That baby is a chunky. The kind of chunk I like. From the pictures, I am assuming it is somewhere around the 4 inch range? Perhaps 1.5oz?

May I ask what you might consider changing about it? I do not consider myself an expert by any means, and perhaps it is the angle of the photos, but is the bit bent enough to consider clenching? The bend looks quite subtle, gracefully so even.

Alright...enough of that. It is a nice looking pipe, particularly the contrast of the stain and the horn.

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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:54 pm

I really like it. But then, I like pretty everything you make. Razz 

Has a sort of a Danish take on it, IMHO. And the blast complements it well. And the briar accent ring of course makes it pop! cheers 
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:02 pm

I really like that, another fine look'en pipe sir!  Wink 
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PostSubject: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:14 pm

Beautiful job on that pipe.  Love the rim, the blast is outstanding and the stem...speaks for itself.

Another winner from you, sir.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:41 pm

WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!!


 cheers Cool bounce rabbit tongue sunny 

Ya, I like everything about this one Brian. You just keep hitting them outta the park doancha??

I just might have found the next commission to start saving the pennies for!!

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Cheers,

RR
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:49 pm

Thanks guys.

@Joahoowah and ajn27511, one of the things I would change is to make it a smooth. I think the curves could just call out more if it were smooth. This piece just wasn't worthy of a smooth, in my opinion. Another thing I "might" want to change is what I think deepbass9 might have been saying he liked. This pipe looks like it cants back just a tad to me, and I'm not referring to the position of the rim. I'm referring to the line across the belly of the bowl. I think it should just be a tad higher in the front (farthest part from the stem) of the pipe. This is my symmetry OCD talking though. The perceived cant gives it a bit of attitude that I might like. But, the symmetrical freak inside my head really wants it to look like this:



As far as the rim treatment goes, I can definitely see it going either way. I think it could look really great more rounded and even blasted. I left it smooth in this case to give the accent ring something to play with, but I'm not sure it was necessary.

I'm already finding that I wish I hadn't shipped it off so soon. I feel like I didn't get enough time with it.

Oh, also @Joshoowah, I think you're pretty close on your size guestimates. I didn't think to measure it before sending it out. I guess there's always next time. And the bend seemed right to me. By looks alone, I questioned it as well, as to if it were bent enough, but when I gave her a try it felt nice. Always room for improvement though!

Thanks again for your thoughts. I love hearing from all of ya!


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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:55 pm

Growley wrote:
Thanks guys.

@Joahoowah and ajn27511, one of the things I would change is to make it a smooth. I think the curves could just call out more if it were smooth. This piece just wasn't worthy of a smooth, in my opinion. Another thing I "might" want to change is what I think deepbass9 might have been saying he liked. This pipe looks like it cants back just a tad to me, and I'm not referring to the position of the rim. I'm referring to the line across the belly of the bowl. I think it should just be a tad higher in the front (farthest part from the stem) of the pipe. This is my symmetry OCD talking though. The perceived cant gives it a bit of attitude that I might like. But, the symmetrical freak inside my head really wants it to look like this:



As far as the rim treatment goes, I can definitely see it going either way. I think it could look really great more rounded and even blasted. I left it smooth in this case to give the accent ring something to play with, but I'm not sure it was necessary.

I'm already finding that I wish I hadn't shipped it off so soon. I feel like I didn't get enough time with it.

Thanks again for your thoughts. I love hearing from all of ya!

Brian, I'm no expert but, I know what I like and I wouldn't change a thing, I like it just as it is and I like it blasted! If I had the money right now I'd buy one without question, in fact I'm going to save a copy of your photo just in case the time comes.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:06 pm

Cartaphilus wrote:
Growley wrote:
Thanks guys.

@Joahoowah and ajn27511, one of the things I would change is to make it a smooth. I think the curves could just call out more if it were smooth. This piece just wasn't worthy of a smooth, in my opinion. Another thing I "might" want to change is what I think deepbass9 might have been saying he liked. This pipe looks like it cants back just a tad to me, and I'm not referring to the position of the rim. I'm referring to the line across the belly of the bowl. I think it should just be a tad higher in the front (farthest part from the stem) of the pipe. This is my symmetry OCD talking though. The perceived cant gives it a bit of attitude that I might like. But, the symmetrical freak inside my head really wants it to look like this:



As far as the rim treatment goes, I can definitely see it going either way. I think it could look really great more rounded and even blasted. I left it smooth in this case to give the accent ring something to play with, but I'm not sure it was necessary.

I'm already finding that I wish I hadn't shipped it off so soon. I feel like I didn't get enough time with it.

Thanks again for your thoughts. I love hearing from all of ya!

Brian, I'm no expert but, I know what I like and I wouldn't change a thing, I like it just as it is and I like it blasted! If I had the money right now I'd buy one without question, in fact I'm going to save a copy of your photo just in case the time comes.

What the wise man from TX said!


Cheers,

RR
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Cartaphilus

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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:09 pm

Brewdude wrote:
Cartaphilus wrote:


Brian, I'm no expert but, I know what I like and I wouldn't change a thing, I like it just as it is and I like it blasted! If I had the money right now I'd buy one without question, in fact I'm going to save a copy of your photo just in case the time comes.

What the wise man from TX said!


Cheers,

RR

I think you mean WiseAss!  
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:48 pm

Once again Brian you've produced a MASTERPIECE !! That blast, shape and proportions ALL work so well !! Your work sets a benchmark that one has to reach WAAAAY up there to equal !!  Evil or Very Mad 
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:47 pm

I saw that over on instagram..very nice my friend.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:30 pm

I do think it's really nice as-is, but I'm unsure if I like that hard angle at the widest point on the bowl or if I'd like it better with more curve. The harder line is definitely interesting, though. A google image search finds a few example of actual Brandy Glasses with such an angular shape, so I guess it is authentic Wink.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Wed Mar 12, 2014 4:21 pm

That pipe is awesome - and I like the contrast bands, and, while they shape might lend itself to being a smooth, the rusticated finish is offset by the briar bands and the treatment of the rim - an aspect which I like. I prefer classic shapes - and this pipe has that "classic" look about it with pizzaz and style.....  cheers 

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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:28 pm

Really beautiful work! I really like how you use subtle but interesting design elements to create something that feels familiar but also organic and unique at the same time. Bravo!
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Fri Mar 14, 2014 12:11 pm

Beautiful pipe brother really like that shape. If i ordered one I'd get the shank about 1/2 inch longer but other than that it's perfect to my eyes. Very Happy 
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:01 pm

i.keenum wrote:
Beautiful pipe brother really like that shape. If i ordered one I'd get the shank about 1/2 inch longer but other than that it's perfect to my eyes. Very Happy 

...so would you want the length added just to the stem portion, or over all?
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:59 pm

Hmm not quite sure. I don't have the best eye when it comes to these things but maybe the thickness of the acrylic ring again to the shank and the stem. Don't get me wrong , I'm no Sasquatch and that beautiful piece is way better than anything in my set.  Very Happy  Just my amateur opinion.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:04 pm

i.keenum wrote:
Hmm not quite sure. I don't have the best eye when it comes to these things but maybe the thickness of the acrylic ring  again to the shank and the stem. Don't get me wrong , I'm no Sasquatch and that beautiful piece is way better than anything in my set.  Very Happy  Just my amateur opinion.

Your probably just not use to seeing a squaty pipe like that and your eye sees the shank a bit short. I on the other hand LIKE it that way but, I only go on what my eye likes and nothing else.  Wink 
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Blasted Bent Brandy   Sat Mar 15, 2014 3:05 am

Personally, I think the shank is fine for what the pipe is trying to represent (a chubby squatty pipe). If it is lengthened it would wind up being a regular sized brandy.

If that thing is light and clinchable, it would be a part of my rotation.
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