Thanx to all for the great response to the Christmas Pipe Preview! I ll be making more in the coming months and will notify customers when the next round of pipes are ready.
We had a great time in Colorado. A beautiful state with many fishing and horse riding opportunities.Regards to the many ASP'ers I met at the Corp show of 2000 and a hearty congrats the the Corp members who labored to make a fantastic show.After 2 weeks off, it was back in the saddle again...... The first pipes are special orders and probably will be for the next few weeks untill I can get caught up. Took 7 special orders at the Corp show alone which will keep me busy for awhile too!
The first pipe is my catalog shape billiard in a Walnut finish. Came out with a great straight grain:
The second, for the same customer, is a continuation of the Dunhill EC series I started a couple weeks ago. I sold the original at Corp and had to make a replacement. Tho, I d like to make it a staple in my line of pipes.
The third pipe is a Black & Tan finish with the high contrast Chocalate Cabernet stain that I first used on some of the Christmas pipes. The shape is one that Paul Bonaquisti and I came up with on his last visit.
As I flew into Richmond right from Co. Paul & Bill Fuerbach had the dubious honor of taking me back to PA. They stayed over and we had time to do a pipe in the shop that morning. Like many of you we had decided to contribute to the JT Cooke fundraiser. We had initially planned to do a set of pipes but after talking it over with Chuck Stanion and finding the fund raising was almost done we decided to do just one. As the above shape has been so succesful we decided to use it. Our goal was a Tan Blast . Paul has been doing such a great job blasting pipes , this finish has been one of his strong points we felt this would be the best so......
After rigorous block selection and careful consultations on shaping we came up with this:
( You can tell by the briar chips who did all the work.... )
The pipe is flawless and Paul is taking it back to blast and finish. The pipe will have both our signature stamps and our stem logos and will truely be a one of a kind piece. We do hope to do some pipes together in the future and this will be #1. Chuck Stanion will be handling its sale so please direct any inquiries to him.