Todays work consits of one special order for Fred Goldring. Fred hasd been a long time customer of mine and over the years I ve made many special requests for him; usually on the large side...... We found ourselves back to back at the last Newark Pipe Show and when things slowed down after 2:00 we turned to chat. After speaking of pipes in general, he pulled out a massive Mike Butera sandblast with a gold band and a four inch stem! It had a beautiful and very deep blast. He asked me if I could make one like it. I took out my pad and calipers and sketched and measured away.
Upon retrun to the shop I hunted through my inventory of very large blocks. I chose one that weighed 28 ounces which as you can imagine is a huge piece of briar. The pipe just fit onto it. After rough cutting the pipe on the bandsaw I noticed how remarkably free from imperfections it was. There s a reason most magnum size pipes are blasts or carves; the more surface area of briar exposed the more likely you are to find flaws.
After the rough sanding I was getting excited as the pipe continued to be clean. Only after reaching the fine grit was I able to see a few small sand spots . The grain as you can see from the pix is very interesting. I m sure Fred will have many relective momnents just looking at it . Enough chat , here s the pipe!
A long view with rulers:
A close up of the left side:
The right side
Lastly here s a comparison pipe between Fred s pipe and a Tinsky-Lite bent ( an avg sized pipe)
Tomorrow hopefully I ll have two very unusual shapes to present that I worked on today.