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mejoshee

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Age : 32
Location : Campbell, CA
Registration date : 2013-05-31

PostSubject: 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.
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Brewdude

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Age : 64
Location : Near the Emerald city
Registration date : 2011-05-04

PostSubject: Re: First pipe for a customer   Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:58 pm

Turned out pretty darn good Josh. Kudos on your achievement!

Cool


Cheers,

RR
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Stick

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Age : 47
Location : 'Blighty'
Registration date : 2014-02-19

PostSubject: 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!
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huffelpuff

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Age : 47
Location : Laramie, WY
Registration date : 2011-12-10

PostSubject: Re: First pipe for a customer   Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:26 pm

Fine looking piece. You done good son.

Jim
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eklektos44

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Age : 61
Location : Virginia
Registration date : 2015-04-10

PostSubject: Re: First pipe for a customer   Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:29 pm

Excellent. Classic shape and sweet grain. Great Job! cheers cheers cheers
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DrumsAndBeer

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Age : 45
Location : Northern, CA
Registration date : 2012-04-04

PostSubject: 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.
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Dutch

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Age : 52
Location : On the road.......
Registration date : 2010-11-06

PostSubject: Re: First pipe for a customer   Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:50 am

Impressive! cheers cheers cheers
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Hiram-2011

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Age : 39
Location : Illinois
Registration date : 2012-03-23

PostSubject: Re: First pipe for a customer   Tue Jun 09, 2015 10:03 am

Nice work Josh, it's a good looking pipe.
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pipetrepid

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Location : upstate new york
Registration date : 2015-06-23

PostSubject: Re: First pipe for a customer   Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:21 am

that`s really a beauty! bill
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DGErwin11

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Age : 68
Location : Central GA USA
Registration date : 2012-05-20

PostSubject: 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.
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Fumus

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Location : Deep in the brush and trees of the PNW where the h
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PostSubject: Re: First pipe for a customer   Fri Jul 03, 2015 3:48 am

That is a dandy Josh! very impressive and darn nice grain too cheers cheers cheers
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Richard Burley

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Location : North Coast NY
Registration date : 2011-04-09

PostSubject: 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.
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tslots

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Age : 59
Location : Idaho
Registration date : 2008-03-29

PostSubject: 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.
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AJ

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Age : 68
Location : East of the Rocky Mountains
Registration date : 2012-03-18

PostSubject: 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. Smile

AJ
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juanmedusa

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Age : 36
Location : Falls Church, Virginia
Registration date : 2013-07-06

PostSubject: Re: First pipe for a customer   Sat Jul 04, 2015 1:08 pm

I'm impressed.
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RobJ

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Location : Mukilteo, Washington USA
Registration date : 2014-07-07

PostSubject: 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.

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Georgiastonewall

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Location : Georgia
Registration date : 2015-06-20

PostSubject: outstanding!   Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:32 am

That is really outstanding I tip my hat to you sir!
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Ozark Wizard

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Age : 53
Location : Mark Twain National Forest, MO
Registration date : 2014-10-11

PostSubject: Re: First pipe for a customer   Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:54 pm

Sweet pipe there!
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