Todays work consits of a special order for Josh Rosenblatt and a copy of Paul Ilsted that came into the shop as an estate cleanup.
Josh wrote me about doing a very special pipe for him that he titled "The Shofar". It s a very unique shape and tied into the horns I ve been experimenting with . Here is his initial sketch:
After a few back and forth discusions via e mail, I felt I had enough of an idea to proceed. The first practice pipe came close and with a couple revisions I felt condifident I could make what he wanted. I picked a nice large straight grain fan shaped block. Sketched the pipe out and went to work.Turned out to be a fantastic block, only a few smal sandpits on the bottom. Also on the bottom view of the pipe see how the center of the straight grain as denoted by a ring of birdseye is dead center on the bottom of the pipe and is bi-sected by the center line of the pipe.
Heres a right side view
The left side.
A top view.
My thanx to Josh for an interesting design and project !
After finishing Josh's pipe, my eye happened to hit upon a striking shape that had come in for MaryAnn and Dave to rejuvenate. I was struck by the design and symetry and wondered if I could copy it. I was talking to Dave and expressing my doubts when he looked at me and openned and extended his hands; to say the pipe was ade by two hands you can do it too. Grumbling, I got out the calipers and sketching pad.........
I must admit I was surprised at how well I was able to capture the shape. I can t say I d want to make it frequently but.... it s a nice design .
This pipe is available in the Unique Bent section of the Web Catalog as UB 224.