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Growley

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PostSubject: Growley Digtoad   Sun Jun 15, 2014 11:59 am

I was having a little fun in the shop and came up with this. The name comes from a mythical creature created by one of my favorite artists Andrew Peterson. I'm reading his Wingfeather Saga to my children at nights and the Bumpy Digtoad is mentioned several times in the book.

Here's a pic of the creature:


And here's a few of the pipe. After looking at the pipe more, I think I'm going to give it another go and make it more bulbous. It's still a fun pipe though.













I posted this in the Gallery because this one isn't for sale. It's a prototype and I'm going to smoke it...you know...product testing and all. I just thought I'd share it with you all.

PS. HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!!!

Brian.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Sun Jun 15, 2014 12:18 pm

That's amazing as a piece of art work Brian, let alone a pipe.  You've got some stunning lines in there. How on earth do you machine the air passage through the shank?  Is there a compromise with where the air passage enters the heel?

I love the flair of colour on the front, and I can see the similiarities with your inspiration too.

As an aside, it reminds me of a pitcher plant...  Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Sun Jun 15, 2014 1:05 pm

Stick wrote:
That's amazing as a piece of art work Brian, let alone a pipe.  You've got some stunning lines in there. How on earth do you machine the air passage through the shank?  Is there a compromise with where the air passage enters the heel?

I love the flair of colour on the front, and I can see the similiarities with your inspiration too.

As an aside, it reminds me of a pitcher plant...  Very Happy


Thanks Stick. The airway is why I despise making these pipes. As it turns out, is has just as much flow as any other pipe I make, but it takes careful planning, and just a touch of luck to make it happen. It's easy to make the wall too thin between the bowl and airway, and it's easy to drill too deep which would lead to wasting a bunch of tobacco each smoke.

If I could ever find a way to drill a curved and controlled hole, I'd be happy as a clam.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Sun Jun 15, 2014 3:08 pm

Hi Brian,
That is a beautiful pipe.
It reminds me of a Ramses in general shape. That revelation, coupled with your comment on drilling, reminded me of an article I'd read some time ago about the genesis of the Ramses and how Bo Nordh got around the problem he had drilling that pipe.
The article is Here
Just thought that might be of interest.
(this from a man who has sausages for fingers and couldn't make a pipe if his life depended on it  lol! )

Adam
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Sun Jun 15, 2014 3:45 pm

alandadp wrote:
Hi Brian,
That is a beautiful pipe.
It reminds me of a Ramses in general shape. That revelation, coupled with your comment on drilling, reminded me of an article I'd read some time ago about the genesis of the Ramses and how Bo Nordh got around the problem he had drilling that pipe.
The article is Here
Just thought that might be of interest.
(this from a man who has sausages for fingers and couldn't make a pipe if his life depended on it  lol! )

Adam

Adam,

Yes, it's very reminiscent of the Ramses. In fact, I was making a Ramses (shown below) when I decided to change the shape just a tad due to a flaw in the bottom tip. Once I started re-shaping it, I found I thought it would be a nice sitter, and once I made it a sitter, it reminded me of a fat open mouth frog, hence the Digtoad. I think to be a true Digtoad, I'll need to change some things, but for now, it's a start.

Thanks for the link to that article. I think I may have read that before, or pieces of it at least from somewhere else. The idea of drilling incomplete and tapping in from the side is what I've always done. It works well, but somehow it's still really easy to mess up. Just when you think you've got everything lined up and measured perfectly, some minor detail will escape you, like the fact that the hole you drill for your airway will be slightly wider than the bit you used, so it can easily end up hitting higher up in than you think. Again, I love and hate these shapes!  Twisted Evil Evil or Very Mad 

Here's the Ramses I was working on at the time...





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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Sun Jun 15, 2014 4:07 pm

Brian that is simply stunning, a very unique take on an already astounding pipe shape, I've tried twice to make a Ramses, neither turned out very well but I will get one done right in time, seeing your work is nothing short of an inspiration, BRAVO.  cheers cheers cheers 
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PostSubject: Growley Digtoad   Sun Jun 15, 2014 4:40 pm

Both are masterpieces. Gorgeous work, Brian.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Sun Jun 15, 2014 7:46 pm

Brian, that toad is wild. Very well executed in the Ramses style. You seem to have a handle on that design.



Cheers,

RR
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Sun Jun 15, 2014 8:49 pm

Absolutely beautiful Brian!
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:08 pm

Brian,
Aren't you glad they allow porn on the web?  Twisted Evil  And you make and photograph some of the BEST pipe porn !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil BOTH of those pipes are STUNNING  bounce bounce 
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:46 pm

Briar Spirit wrote:
Brian that is simply stunning, a very unique take on an already astounding pipe shape, I've tried twice to make a Ramses, neither turned out very well but I will get one done right in time, seeing your work is nothing short of an inspiration, BRAVO.  cheers cheers cheers 

Thanks. When I first started making them, I swear it took me at least two blocks, sometimes three to get just the drilling right. Then after that, there are so many curves and lines to chase down. But you can get it!

For me, I just try to take things off as symmetrically as I can (a little off the right, then the same amount off the left) until it starts taking the right shape.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:47 pm

Brewdude wrote:
Brian, that toad is wild. Very well executed in the Ramses style. You seem to have a handle on that design.



Cheers,

RR

Thanks RR! I'm getting a "handle" on it, but mastery is a long ways away.  Very Happy 
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:48 pm

Mozjo33 wrote:
Absolutely beautiful Brian!

Thanks Mozjo. I appreciate it.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:49 pm

monbla256 wrote:
Brian,
Aren't you glad they allow porn on the web?  Twisted Evil  And you make and photograph some of the BEST pipe porn !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil BOTH of those pipes are STUNNING  bounce bounce 

As always, you crack me up, and even make me blush a little  Embarassed  Thanks for the kind words. I appreciate it.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:15 am

Both are absolutely stunning! I get the challenge of drilling an airway like that as my former career involved working in 3D with tiny pieces. I still can't for the life of me figure out how you pull it off. That's part if the magic though. Keep cranking these beauties out!

Jim
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:43 pm

I love bent pipes and Brian you take them to the 3rd degree. Masterfull pieces of art.

Both are stunning looking pipes but the Ramses still is the hands down winner, there is no other pipe out there that can display birdseye porn that that one can.

I can't imagine them being able to smoke as good as they look as that is a taller order to fill.

Maybe someday the pipe jar will be full enough to find out. ( And with a little luck the wife willing to OK such a purchase). Someday.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:52 pm

Excellent Growley!
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:38 am

Brian your pipes are killer brother and I would love to watch work you magic one day.

On a did note. Where do get briar that had grain as fine as what was in that link. Freaking amazing!
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:50 pm

Excellent pipe Brian, love the lines of it.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:36 pm

Yeah man, I absolutely love your work. That's a fantastic drawing too!  Very Happy 
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Thu Jun 26, 2014 5:12 am

Stunning looking pipes there.

I particularly love the Digtoad - its great idea and a sitter no less! Man, thats close to the pipe of my dreams.

Loving your work - keep them coming!
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Sat Jun 28, 2014 3:47 pm

i.keenum wrote:
Brian your pipes are killer brother and I would love to watch work you magic one day.

On a did note. Where do get briar that had grain as fine as what was in that link. Freaking amazing!

Mimmo Briar, in Italy. It's the best in the business from my experience.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Sat Jun 28, 2014 3:48 pm

DrumsAndBeer wrote:
Yeah man, I absolutely love your work. That's a fantastic drawing too!  Very Happy 

I can't claim the drawing. That was done by Andrew Peterson I believe...or maybe one of his sons did it. I can't remember.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:22 pm

That (the Digtoad) is a beautiful pipe! I love the angles and hard lines that are represented in this design. This is something I would love to have on my pipe rack! Better yet, hanging from my mouth smoking something... Anything!
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Digtoad   Wed Sep 10, 2014 1:33 am

Growley wrote:
DrumsAndBeer wrote:
Yeah man, I absolutely love your work. That's a fantastic drawing too!  Very Happy 

I can't claim the drawing. That was done by Andrew Peterson I believe...or maybe one of his sons did it. I can't remember.
Is that Andrew Peterson the musician? I guess I could google it, but, eh...

Anywho, I enjoy your experimental pipes... At least more now than the elephant knee days!
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