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Briar Spirit

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PostSubject: Experimental #6   Sun Jun 08, 2014 3:44 pm

Right so, what I really want to do is have a proper bash at a nice looking Blowfish, until I can get my head in the right place to figure out how to do that bloated shape in with the fins I'm gonna have to make do with making pipes like this one for a spell,

This pipe has two problems but being an experimental pipe I'm not going to fuss over them, both problems brought about due to drill press problems, can you believe it the drill chuck thingie actually fell out when I was doing the countersink and dented the mortise face, also the drilling went a little awry.

I'm going to be doing more of these in the future and I'm calling the shape The Ray, as in Manta-Ray fish, well, can't pull off a Blowfish so I thought I'd make up my own fish thing, why not eh.

(1st photo' shows damage to Mortise area, very frustrating)





























Last edited by Briar Spirit on Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:08 am; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : took better photo's)
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millerman

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PostSubject: Re: Experimental #6   Sun Jun 08, 2014 6:14 pm

Looks awesome. Do you got any side shots showing the grain. on the sides. Looks like a great pipe. Thanks fer sharing.
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PostSubject: Re: Experimental #6   Sun Jun 08, 2014 6:59 pm

Good looking pipe Kirk. Love how you call these "experiments". Solid work as always my friend.
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PostSubject: Re: Experimental #6   Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:36 pm

Experimental it may be but it works.

 Cool 


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PostSubject: Re: Experimental #6   Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:28 pm

Kirk,
Once again, an EXCEPTIONAL piece of work !! I REALLY LIKE the uniqeness of the design!! It all WORKS PERFECTLY  cheers cheers 
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jonnylaw13

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PostSubject: Re: Experimental #6   Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:42 pm

I really like that shape. From the top its kinda like a twisted spade I see where manta ray comes from.
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PostSubject: Re: Experimental #6   Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:11 am

Very nice, Kirk. It seems you are in a quest to find your esthetic identity. May Aeolus provide you favorable winds in your journey.
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Briar Spirit

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PostSubject: Re: Experimental #6   Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:10 am

I really appreciate the kind and supportive replies, thank you guys so very much.


millerman wrote:
Looks awesome. Do you got any side shots showing the grain. on the sides. Looks like a great pipe. Thanks fer sharing.

Thank you my friend, I took better photo's this morning, see the original post.  sunny 
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PostSubject: Re: Experimental #6   Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:23 am

Thanks fer the extra pics. That is one elegant piece of work. The extra pics really quenched my thirst to see the grain. That's a super nice "experiment". Thanks fer sharing.
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PostSubject: Re: Experimental #6   Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:25 pm

Now that piece really shows your progression brother! Is that a hand cut or premold stem brother? Either way it looks great. Kind of a bummer about the press coming apart on you like that in the middle of work.

It still shows the unique shapes your so good at but has sharp lines that really take it to the next level. Killer cheers 
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Briar Spirit

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PostSubject: Re: Experimental #6   Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:37 pm

i.keenum wrote:
Now that piece really shows your progression brother! Is that a hand cut or premold stem brother? Either way it looks great. Kind of a bummer about the press coming apart on you like that in the middle of work.

It still shows the unique shapes your so good at but has sharp lines that really take it to the next level. Killer cheers 


The stem is pre-formed, re-shaped by myself of course to better suit the pipe itself, it would take vastly superior small files than those I have to hand cut a stem from rod stock, something I intend doing eventually but not until I have better small files.
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PostSubject: Re: Experimental #6   Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:39 pm

Cool , like the side ways bend in the stem. Not something you see regularly but it works. What do you use to buff your pipes?
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Briar Spirit

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PostSubject: Re: Experimental #6   Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:01 pm

I use pure Carnauba which I buy in flake form and melt down into blocks, I have two old and cheap grinders which I attach grinder buffing wheels to. I really need to look into getting better buffing machines, well proper buffing machines actually as both of mine are giving me trouble these days, they get hot fast and the blue one smells of burning electrics which is a little worrying.
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PostSubject: Re: Experimental #6   Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:08 am

Man I admire talented pipemakers...Must be very satisfying to produce a quality pipe.... Keep drilling and carving.  cheers 
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PostSubject: Re: Experimental #6   Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:25 am

Great work there Kirk. I am enjoying my BSP pipes but this looks like another great trial to add to your set of experimental pipes.
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PostSubject: Re: Experimental #6   Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:49 am

Absolutely love this one Kirk! That's saying something as I don't normally care for non-classical shapes. Although I do like freehands. Great grain and the great curves you got going there are amazing! Sucks that the chuck fell out while you were working though. Be careful as I've known too many guys that have had serious injures from wonky drill presses!

Jim
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PostSubject: Re: Experimental #6   Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:34 am

Bravo Kirk! cheers 

The only problem is that it's not here being smoked by me now...

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Briar Spirit

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PostSubject: Re: Experimental #6   Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:44 am

MisterE wrote:
Bravo Kirk! cheers 

The only problem is that it's not here being smoked by me now...

Sending you a PM Buddy
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PostSubject: Re: Experimental #6   Fri Jun 13, 2014 12:30 am

Very unique looking pipe Kirk. I like it, you knocked that one out of the park Buddy.
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