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Lainatan

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So thanks to all of you, (and no that’s not sarcasm) I’ve decided to start carving my own pipes. I received a hobby block from P&C and got to work figuring out what I wanted to make. After tinkering, buying new tools (always a bonus of any project), and diving in, I’m really liking this new creative outlet. The smoke on it isn’t bad either. As someone who likes to collect things, I have a feeling this will get pretty expensive, LoL.

Anyway to set it up, I wanted to combine two of my vices, pipe smoking and beer drinking. I thought I would try a Tankard style Poker, and carve an old wooden beer tankard. For clarification, I do not have specialized tools to drill the holes precisely (not yet anyway) and I do not have or have access to a lathe (again, not yet anyway). This was done with a $20 whittling set I bought off the inter-webs and some dark cherry stain I had laying around from a cabinet touch-up job I did.

I would love some feedback and any tips to make this an even more enjoyable hobby of you all are so inclined. Thanks....whatdaya think? (I apologize if the pictures are out of order)
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Forgot to add, it isn’t a true “Poker” as I apparently removed just enough material that when the stem is inserted it tips to that side and falls over. I want to do another one, but I’ll be sure to keep enough material or shape the bottom differently so it actually stands up like a Poker should
 

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I think it looks great, like how you got the old wood look of the tankard
 

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Forgot to add, it isn’t a true “Poker” as I apparently removed just enough material that when the stem is inserted it tips to that side and falls over. I want to do another one, but I’ll be sure to keep enough material or shape the bottom differently so it actually stands up like a Poker should

When the bowl is packed will it sit? A few grams of tobacco might tip the scales...
 

Lainatan

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When the bowl is packed will it sit? A few grams of tobacco might tip the scales...
Yeah know come to think of it I haven’t tried that...lol. I’ll have to do that when I use it next. Thank you
 
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