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Second Pipe Finished

December 28, 2008

Finish2 It may not be exactly what I wanted, but it’s a treasure of a pipe anyway. After sloping off the top of the bowl and bending the stem to the right angle, I gave a final fine polish with ultra fine sandpaper. The bare wood screamed at me not to stain it but bathe it in beeswax to bring out the colour and grain. I did just that. Then I took it to my buffer and gave it a polish with white wax to bring up a shine and finished the polishing with carnauba wax. Finally a wipe down with a soft cloth and there she was. Beautifully polished and shining like a diamond.

Finish3There is a straight grain on the bowl and some fancy birdseye at the top and bottom. Unfortunately there is also a minimal sand hole or some other anomaly on one side of the bowl but I will not be filling it. It merely adds to the character of this pipe.

Obviously I couldn’t make a thing like this and then not smoke it. So, after a few minutes adoration and thanks to the briar that gave her to me, I filled her up and fired up for the first time in my new pipe.

Finish1 OK, it’s a big bore in the chamber, so lots of tobacco went in. A good long charring light and then a quick tamp down, then relighting. The first bowl is only half full. It smokes so easily that I couldn’t believe it. I really need to slow down with this one. This will be an evening pipe. Smoke runs through it effortlessly and the open airway allows for a very easy draw. The balance isn’t bad though the pipe is a little heavy to be held in the mouth. The gentle bending helps a little but I feel I will be holding this one in my hand more than between my teeth. It smoked to the bottom and left nothing but ash.

I am pleased with the result of my efforts. I learned a lot as I worked on it and am that experience richer. I have been posting the progress of this pipe at Smokersforums.co.uk and I am grateful to all those on that forum who offered encouragement, advice and support. This pipe is a testament to the brotherhood of that forum.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Arko permalink
    December 29, 2008 13:18

    Very beautiful and interesting shape! At first I thought the stem looked a bit skinny for the somewhat robust bowl, but after a couple of minutes of gazing it really shines! I really, really like it. Good job, Exile.

    Many thanks Sir. The bowl is a little robust, but that is what I was looking for. No point in “custom” jobs if you can’t customise. My initial idea was to combine the fat with the thin. I just about got away with it!
    Exile.

  2. Arko permalink
    December 29, 2008 21:02

    Yup, you sure did! One of the best features (in my humble opinion) is how the angle of the bowl-top fits just perfectly with the end of the stem. That’s really something. I can’t believe that this is your second pipe – you’ve obviously got a gift. I can’t wait to see your next project 😉

    Arko (smoking his new Winsløw in cold, cold Amager)

    Again, my thanks. I too am in cold, cold Amager. My next Project? Well, let’s see…!!
    I hope that new Winsløw works out for you. He makes great pipes. Let me know how it goes.
    Exile.

  3. December 29, 2008 23:31

    Gorgeous pipe! You should be proud of your accomplishment brother!

    Sincerely,
    Bruce

    Thankyou Bruce. I am.
    Exile.

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