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Ring grain-blast pipes?

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  1. Russell Hartman

    Russell Hartman Stay Silver

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    Just wondering---and I know there are gonna be varying opinions, but---In your mind who is turning out some of better looking ring grain blasted pipes.??????
    Ive been looking at many pictures, and man some of the folks doing pipes these days are turning out some stunning stuff. Not just straight mind blowing pretty straight grains, but wow some of the blasted stuff is --WOW---and even worse out of my league.:byg:
     
  2. Spillproof

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    Sasquatch does some very nice blasts; that's where my next ring-grain is coming from.
    Nate, another PSF'er, has done some lovely blasts.

    There are tons of guys that do nice ring-grains.
    Rad Davis, Mark Tinsky, Teipen and Weaver come to mind. Then there's Cooke, but he goes a little past "ring grain."

    Then there's Dunhill, Castello, Radice, etc.
     
  3. N3M0

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    Pardon my noobishness, but what are ring grain blasts?
     
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  6. jdto

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    Here are some of my ring grain blast pipes. Some are more pronounced than others, but they all have a bit of that.

    Mastro de Paja
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    Sasquatch BST Horny Dublin
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    Peterson Blackroot System Deluxe 1s
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    Ashton Pebble Grain X
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    GBD New Era
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    Tinsky
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  7. Sasquatch

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    The two big-name blast specialists right now are Bruce Weaver and JT Cooke. Cooke has a huge waiting list, Weaver.... you might see a pipe this century!

    Ring grain occurs when you blast a straight-grained stummel - the growth rings are revealed perpendicular to the stripey grain in briar. Radice puts out a few nice ones under their "Silk Cut" line. But most of the really good blasts being done today are artisan pipes.
     
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  8. Mount Mandolin

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    I think Claudio Cavicchi turns out a damn nice blast when he puts his mind to it. This one is nice: http://www.smokingpipes.com/pipes/new/cavicchi/moreinfo.cfm?product_id=84501

    If I could afford a blasted Squatch I'd much rather have that, but I think it's a little out of my league at the current time. That's the worst thing about coming on this board every day: hearing all about these phenomenal Squatch pipes that I need, yet can't afford.

    I've been admiring and lusting after sandblasted pipes for a long time, and for some stupid reason I've never bought one. I just keep buying smooth ones. The next one will need to be a blast, that's for sure. Hopefully sooner rather than later.


    Weaver actually has pipes available on his website. Cooke, not so much.
     
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  9. Sasquatch

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    Damn, that Cavicchi is nice.
     
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  10. County Mountie

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    If you're talking ring grain, you're talking Brian Ruthenberg. Simply the best out there at the craft.

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    I love the blasts, no question. My Tinsky-that-wasn't had a really nice blast on it :(. Still, the pipe I got in its place is also a beauty :D
     
  13. Tony Malerich

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    I wouldn't rank them as "best" but Peterson has turned out some nice blasts, too. I love my Molly Malone set (the Rhodesian is particularly good) as well as a blast silver spigot.

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  14. Russell Hartman

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    This Cavicchi also trips my trigger[​IMG]
     
  15. Sasquatch

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    Yup he's seriously awesome too.
     
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    WrightwoodJohn Wrightwood expatriate

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    Really like those pipes JD, thanks for sharing the photos.
     
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    You guys probably get sick of looking at this one.....
     
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    You get the idea.
     
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    Wow those are some nice pipes! I don't own any ring grains - yet. Time to look into them
     
  20. WrightwoodJohn

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    Actually I see something different in it every time. That pipe is truly exceptional.
     
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