Today s work consists of a series of Cutty shapes. The smooth Cabernet pictured was the first one and is a special order. I decided to make some more the last couple days. (needing a break from fishing) . The Cutty is a briar take off on one of the original pipe shapes that were made in clay. Also made was a version without the little peg on it which I call a tipped egg. I suspect the peg gave clay pipe smokers something to hold as the clay bowls got very hot to handle. I ve seen some very old French briar Cuttys tho probably Dunhill did the most to popularize the shape in briar.
The top two pipes are unfinished and will be blasted either due to some flaws or spots lacking consistent grain. I really liked the design on the third pipe. I couldn t wait for it to be blasted and finished it in Coral so I could make it available on the web catalog as CC172. By incorporating a hawksbill shank into the design I really like the lines that resulted.
I also did a tipped egg version. Available as US 69.
Determined to spend a day without doing special orders..... I found a block that was perfect for one that I couldn t think of anything else to do with, so I made a request for Mike Kidd. He wanted an enlarged version of a Dunhill shape which I was fortunate to own. The difference was he wanted it BIG! So I made it in a size 6 with a cabernet finish. Awhile back I had been discussing my difficulty getting a black understain to hold with Trevor Talbert. He made a great suggestion which looks like it will work well and I used it on this pipe. It has a black understain which is then sanded off and covered with a light orange-red overstain which is then buffed off and polished. The pipe is actually a little lighter than pictured.
There s quite a size difference between the two but as the DH is in the foreground it looks larger than it appears. It s probably a small grp 4