Last night my good friend Dr. Bob told me he was going to drop by and pick up a pipe repair. He told me he was also looking for a new pipe . Bob likes BIG pipes and this morning when I got up I decided to make him somethng special.
I knew he doesn t have a large bull dog so I decided to make one. One of the biggest design problems with large pipes is the stem. The largest stem blank and rod that I can find is 1" in diameter. On a very large bowl this is too small and looks out of proportion. I hit on an idea that I stumbled on while making a copy of a Former apple last week. I took it a step further just for decorative effect. Well Bob was just here and loved the pipe. He plans to show it off at the Philadelphia Pipe Club meeting this coming Wed.
My new stamps came in this week. I believe you can make some out in the above picture. The top stamp is my signature and the bottom is the finish, in this case Black & Tan. On the bottom of the shank a smaller American logo is stamped which contains a the date within it. Below that is a size designation. In this case BB, which is the largest. I hope to come up with a comprehensive pricing guide based on the new stampings and an explanation of the finishes in the near future.
Earlier this week I worked on a set of pipes for Glenn Brooks of Recollect Pipes. He ordered 6 copies of a large 4- square that I had made for him earlier in the year; four sandblasts and two smooths. Pictured below are three smooths ,the middle one I think I m going to keep for myself. It has a lot of nice birdseye and there s something about it that just says smoke me.The bottom pipe is a straight grain Pristine and the top a Walnut. The blasts have been sent out but won t get done until it warms up as Curt works in an unheated workshop and it s just too cold !