Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Red Hot Poker

Blessed Christmas to all and happy feast of St. John the Evangelist. Thank you all for your support throughout my first year as a pipe maker, especially those who feed me ideas and those who purchased a pipe. Several of my pipes have sold through Tewksbury, and I am very grateful to Dave, Brian and Gwyneth of the before mentioned store for all their support and input. I don't know yet what the new year will bring but I look forward to new and refined ideas,

I decided to play around with a bit of a simpler design. This tobacco pipe has elegance in its design and fire in its heart. The red dye I found is so brilliant and striking that it leaps off the pipe and draws the eye in.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Dead Head

The Dead Head tobacco pipe is a fun little pipe one of my brother in laws suggested to me. The image is obviously taken from the Grateful Dead's skull design. It was a great chance to improve my skills with the more precise carving tools.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Lazy Pipe

A good friend of mine challenged me many months ago to create a tobacco pipe with a stem that came up had a full bend in it. I made one out of walnut as an experiment several months ago and have quite enjoyed smoking from it. I have declared it the laziest pipe I have ever smoked as all the weight hangs straight down and I can simply rest the bit on my teeth without having to worry about it falling out my mouth. I have now finally got around to making a similar pipe from briar. The Lazy Pipe is a beautiful pipe which features a peterson stem and my new red dye which has amazing color.