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Need an honest opinion on this pipe.

Discussion in 'Pipe Making Forums' started by Quinn Martin, Dec 26, 2013.

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  1. Quinn Martin

    Quinn Martin Member

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    I experimented with my Dremmel on this piece of wood going from this which, I think is briar (?)
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    I like the burnt/ cut look the Dremel left on the bowl top


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    I don't know if I should sent it to Walker Bros to dress it up with a fancy stem, or just toss it and chuck it up to experience. On the one hand it almost looks too "hand made" if you know what I mean; on the other, I kind of like its rugged, "I dont care if I lose it" look.
    Your honest opinions please.
     


  2. Smokey Tom

    Smokey Tom Active Member

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    If it smokes good I'd keep it. Bluntly honest, I don't like the look, it looks kinda "hacked" up, but if it ends up a good smoker, well... I wouldn't care what other people thought.
     
  3. xrundog

    xrundog Active Member

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    I think it qualifies as Folk Art. Kinda looks like a plumbing fitting. Buy a push in forever stem and give it a go.
     
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  4. Quinn Martin

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    You're correct. I was experimenting on trying to get that tree bark look Ive seen on some pipes.
     
  5. Preacher1611

    Preacher1611 Active Member

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    It's not bad, I actually kind of like the rugged/handmade look it has. It's got that, I needed a pipe and made this so I don't care what you think look. If it smokes good keep it, even if you only use it as a knockaround pipe.
     
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  6. User3940

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    I am not much into edges and corners so it doesn't appeal to me. I would carve some more to shape it better, the go lightly on the rustification. You have inspired me though as I have a block much like what you started with that I may just begin carving on now.
     
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  7. Quinn Martin

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    Yeah, the edges were a bit unappealing so I rounded them off. Now it looks a bit cartoonish.
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  8. User3940

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    Much much much better. I would smooth off the bowl rim and leave it the same smooth briar. I can picture this pipe with a mocha Walker stem. Nice job man.
     
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  9. Coastal Bend

    Coastal Bend Get off my lawn...

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    Looks better to me. Careful, you could wind up like the guy trying to even the legs on a dining room table who wound up with a large and low coffee table. :laff:
     
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  10. Quinn Martin

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    Well, thats all the time Im going to spend on it. It still looks a bit like a high school wood shop project, but it was a learning experience. If I wanted to really whoop it up I could have sanded it down much more finely.
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  11. Coda

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    I think it looks good...both squared and rounded.
     
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  12. Quinn Martin

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    Now Im really, really, done with it.
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  13. Quinn Martin

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    Heres my idea using another pipe for the stem. Fat, a bit more bend and a nicer mortise and tenon design.
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  14. User3940

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    Holy crap Qm. That looks great.

    1. I gotta say it again..... looks great.
     
  15. Smarty Jones

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    I was going to vote toss it and chuck it up to experience after the first pics but the finished product looks awesome, real eye catcher. I'd be proud to pull that out anyplace.

    Well done. :appl:
     
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  16. esteban

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    good redo......I like any pipe that is unique and rustic....... I have dremelized a few like that.......
     
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  17. Old Codger

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    What he said. I'd add, get a stem and if it smokes well, keep it.
     
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  18. vmfa314

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    Wow that turned out very well. A lot more refined but still rugged looking that would be a good work pipe where you dont care if it gets dropped or beat up.
    Mack
     
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  19. umfunix

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    Love it!!!!! If you're going to throw it away, let me know where and when :))
     
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  20. Doc Sixstring

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    I love it. beautiful work on the lip of that bowl. really nice craftsmanship
     
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