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Gonzo

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PostSubject: Playing around with carving tools.   Playing around with carving tools. EmptySun Feb 28, 2016 8:15 pm

I got a basic set of carving tools a while back. Small gouges, chisels etc. I use em often for various small tasks, but have not spent too much time doing legitimate image carvings. Been listening to the pipe magazine broadcasts while carving a bit  in the evening. This one came out interesting, skull with some missing teeth on a briar block that looks kind of questionable for pipe making.The skull itself is about 1.5 x 1.75.inches. Lacks the dimension in the shape I would want to put on a pipe right now, but the concept is coming along. I left some of the crusty natural briar out around the edges. Let me know what ya think, are there other concepts you like you have seen on pipes?

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PostSubject: Re: Playing around with carving tools.   Playing around with carving tools. EmptySun Feb 28, 2016 9:58 pm

Hummmmm....that's actually very nice for a first attempt. I really dig it.....it has that pirate thing going for it. Keep those creative juices flowing brother.

Jim
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PostSubject: Re: Playing around with carving tools.   Playing around with carving tools. EmptySun Feb 28, 2016 10:02 pm

huffelpuff wrote:
Hummmmm....that's actually very nice for a first attempt. I really dig it.....it has that pirate thing going for it. Keep those creative juices flowing brother.

Jim

Thanks Jim!! I always enjoy a new challenge, carving like this with manual tools is a new one for me.
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PostSubject: Re: Playing around with carving tools.   Playing around with carving tools. EmptySun Feb 28, 2016 10:06 pm

Used to do small statuettes of Egyptian gods out of cedar and paint and or gold leaf them. You seem to be headed in the right direction. Most skull carvings I've seen are too stylized and comical for my tastes, after all people it's a symbol of death give it some character.
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PostSubject: Re: Playing around with carving tools.   Playing around with carving tools. EmptySun Feb 28, 2016 10:45 pm

I like it and the roughness only makes it just that nicer I believe. Playing around with carving tools. Yessir11
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PostSubject: Re: Playing around with carving tools.   Playing around with carving tools. EmptySun Feb 28, 2016 10:56 pm

I agree guys, a skull is meant to have a certain character to it. I am glad you both are finding something of interest in this piece. Any suggestions on what to do with it? As mentioned the piece of briar is not suitable for pipe making, but I would like to make it into something....
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PostSubject: Re: Playing around with carving tools.   Playing around with carving tools. EmptySun Feb 28, 2016 11:04 pm

You might get one of those brass wire pipe rests to go on the side and drill a hole for a tamp and two small holes for the rest. Make a nice pipes station so to speak. Wink
Or maybe even carve a deep enough shallow on the side to rest a pipe instead of the brass wire rest.
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PostSubject: Re: Playing around with carving tools.   Playing around with carving tools. EmptyMon Feb 29, 2016 9:49 am

Cartaphilus wrote:
You might get one of those brass wire pipe rests to go on the side and drill a hole for a tamp and two small holes for the rest. Make a nice pipes station so to speak. Wink
Or maybe even carve a deep enough shallow on the side to rest a pipe instead of the brass wire rest.

Interesting thought. I am almost done building a pipe rack, so I hadn't thought of making a single pipe stand. Might be a good idea idea, thanks. Being that it is brair, it would cool if whatever it turns into was pipe related. So far I have had a few ideas but none of them are.
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PostSubject: Re: Playing around with carving tools.   Playing around with carving tools. EmptyMon Feb 29, 2016 11:32 am

Thanks Cart!!! A single pipe stand it will be. A little glue drying now, pics later. As it turns out that was a truly great idea. I hope you enjoy my execution of it.
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PostSubject: Re: Playing around with carving tools.   Playing around with carving tools. EmptyMon Feb 29, 2016 11:47 am

Gonzo wrote:
Thanks Cart!!! A single pipe stand it will be. A little glue drying now, pics later. As it turns out that was a truly great idea. I hope you enjoy my execution of it.

Your welcome sir, glad you liked my idea. Looking forward to seeing it. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Playing around with carving tools.   Playing around with carving tools. EmptyMon Feb 29, 2016 3:54 pm

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Your welcome sir, glad you liked my idea. Looking forward to seeing it. Wink [/quote]

A pair of mini crossbow bolts in the back of the head, a dished out top to cradle the pipe bowl, and some green felt on the bottom. This piece has been left a bit rough deliberately. Saw marks on the side of the block etc. Seems to be a good fit with the skull to be a little less refined. A light coat of Danish oil to finish it off. Enjoy!

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PostSubject: Re: Playing around with carving tools.   Playing around with carving tools. EmptyMon Feb 29, 2016 4:26 pm

Dude, i want a pipe that looks like that, if that thing just had a shank and stem, that'd be sick.
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PostSubject: Re: Playing around with carving tools.   Playing around with carving tools. EmptyMon Feb 29, 2016 4:37 pm

ZeroContent wrote:
Dude, i want a pipe that looks like that, if that thing just had a shank and stem, that'd be sick.

Your interest is noted and appreciated! This will not be the last skull I carve into some briar. I am hopeful the next one will be able to smoke. I learned a lot in this process, will keep you posted. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Playing around with carving tools.   Playing around with carving tools. EmptyTue Mar 01, 2016 5:20 pm

Cool skull, looks good as a pipe stand!
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PostSubject: Re: Playing around with carving tools.   Playing around with carving tools. EmptyTue Mar 01, 2016 5:21 pm

TwelveAMnTX wrote:
Cool skull, looks good as a pipe stand!

Thank you sir! I am glad there a few here who appreciate a skull now and again.
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PostSubject: Re: Playing around with carving tools.   Playing around with carving tools. EmptyTue Mar 01, 2016 9:30 pm

I think you're on to something here Gonzo.


Cool


Cheers,

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PostSubject: Re: Playing around with carving tools.   Playing around with carving tools. EmptyTue Mar 01, 2016 11:21 pm

Brewdude wrote:
I think you're on to something here Gonzo.


Cool


Cheers,

TT

Thank you sir! I intend to keep exploring these ideas till we figure out if your right.
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PostSubject: Re: Playing around with carving tools.   Playing around with carving tools. EmptyWed Mar 02, 2016 9:35 pm

Been carvin away, another freehand skull coming up soon. This one's a smoker Exclamation
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PostSubject: Re: Playing around with carving tools.   Playing around with carving tools. EmptyWed Mar 02, 2016 9:36 pm

Gonzo wrote:
Been carvin away, another freehand skull coming up soon. This one's a smoker Exclamation

Can't wait to see it Gonzo!


bounce




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PostSubject: Re: Playing around with carving tools.   Playing around with carving tools. EmptyThu Mar 03, 2016 8:42 am

I will be putting more time on this today, hoping to get the stummel finished in shape by the end of the day. Again, learning quite a bit the second go at this. There will be a third at some point, but I will have to get some more briar with larger pieces to work from, as my supply is getting low. I may try one in a alternative wood at some point too, we will see.
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