First pipe for a customer
Age : 35
Location : Campbell, CA
Registration date : 2013-05-31
|Subject: First pipe for a customer Mon Jun 08, 2015 2:57 pm|| |
I was recently commissioned to make a pipe for a guy from Spain (via Germany). He was here for some 6 odd weeks for work and got to chatting about all the sorts of things pipe smokers do. I showed him some in-progress work and he immediately asked for a pipe. "His" shape is a bit of a gray-area: tall pot, straight walled, saddle stem. Not entirely "right" compared to the traditional slightly canted, slightly rounded billiard family, but it was nice to try it out.
I was definitely trepidatious--not a huge undertaking per se, but a challenge that had not been presented me thus far as a newbie. I've had some practice on other blocks and stems but have not made many yet that I
would deem worthy of selling outright. Nevertheless, I rolled up my sleeves and got to work with his request. I added a shank accent of cocobolo and contrast stained it with light brown dye. I thought I'd humbly submit it here for your perusal.
I learned a lot on this project--how to hand cut a stem, in particular. There's still more I need to work on, but he's happy nonetheless.
Some notes on the pics in anticipation of comments:
- Yes, I'm aware the color is off on the 1st pic; not sure why. It's actually consistent with the hue of the other pics in real life.
- Also, it does appear that at least from one or another angle, the pipe has dings, but I think that's all in the light; it's entirely smooth and scratch-free.
- The smudges on the stem are not scratches, but from handling prior to photos. I'll take better quality pics in my light box when I get the chance.
- And yes, I seem to have a slightly off stem-to-shank junction. Admittedly, I'm not happy with this part. If you noticed it, good for you. If not, I beg your forgiveness.
Age : 67
Location : Arid-zona
Registration date : 2011-05-04
|Subject: Re: First pipe for a customer Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:58 pm|| |
Turned out pretty darn good Josh. Kudos on your achievement!
Age : 50
Location : 'Blighty'
Registration date : 2014-02-19
|Subject: Re: First pipe for a customer Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:04 pm|| |
No need to be humble about this creation Josh; it looks like a cracking piece of workmanship. Apart from the overall quality, the shape really appeals to me. Great work mate!
Age : 49
Location : Laramie, WY
Registration date : 2011-12-10
|Subject: Re: First pipe for a customer Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:26 pm|| |
Fine looking piece. You done good son.
Age : 63
Location : Virginia
Registration date : 2015-04-10
Age : 47
Location : Northern, CA
Registration date : 2012-04-04
|Subject: Re: First pipe for a customer Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:10 pm|| |
Wow, very nice looking pipe Josh. That's some excellent grain too.
Age : 54
Location : On the road.......
Registration date : 2010-11-06
Age : 41
Location : Illinois
Registration date : 2012-03-23
|Subject: Re: First pipe for a customer Tue Jun 09, 2015 10:03 am|| |
Nice work Josh, it's a good looking pipe.
Location : upstate new york
Registration date : 2015-06-23
|Subject: Re: First pipe for a customer Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:21 am|| |
that`s really a beauty! bill
Age : 70
Location : Central GA USA
Registration date : 2012-05-20
|Subject: Re: First pipe for a customer Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:41 am|| |
Your first sale is as sweet as your first kiss. I think many of us have the feeling "Why would anyone buy a pipe from me? There are so many better carvers out there." when we first start. But once you sell one, the doubts start receding.
Location : Deep in the brush and trees of the PNW where the h
Registration date : 2014-11-24
Location : North Coast NY
Registration date : 2011-04-09
|Subject: Re: First pipe for a customer Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:06 am|| |
Looks fine and rack-worthy to me, in all respects. Love how the shank accent is understated. Needs a cool-looking maker's stamp.
Age : 62
Location : Idaho
Registration date : 2008-03-29
|Subject: Re: First pipe for a customer Fri Jul 03, 2015 2:50 pm|| |
Looks like a fine effort to me. Plus the only thing that really matters in a sale is the buyers opinion. If they are happy then you should be as well.
Age : 71
Location : East of the Rocky Mountains
Registration date : 2012-03-18
|Subject: Re: First pipe for a customer Fri Jul 03, 2015 7:32 pm|| |
Looks good to me Josh. If your customer likes it then dance all the way to the bank.
Age : 38
Location : Falls Church, Virginia
Registration date : 2013-07-06
|Subject: Re: First pipe for a customer Sat Jul 04, 2015 1:08 pm|| |
Location : Mukilteo, Washington USA
Registration date : 2014-07-07
|Subject: Re: First pipe for a customer Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:46 am|| |
I really like it Josh, very well done sir!
Mr. B is right, it does need some sort of fancy Maker's stamp.
Location : Georgia
Registration date : 2015-06-20
|Subject: outstanding! Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:32 am|| |
That is really outstanding I tip my hat to you sir!
Age : 55
Location : Mark Twain National Forest, MO
Registration date : 2014-10-11
|Subject: Re: First pipe for a customer Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:54 pm|| |
First pipe for a customer