pipemakersforum.com

The original forum for pipe makers on the web
It is currently Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:42 pm

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:24 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:50 pm
Posts: 11
Location: San Jose, CA
I suppose you could look at selecting a briar block in two ways: Pick a shape you want to make, then find a suitable block among your stash. Or, pick a block, go at it a little and see what speaks to you.

I'd up until now done it mostly the 1st way, usually choosing something that makes sense for what I "feel like" making. But, I have a couple awesomely large blocks that would like to become pipes eventually. I don't have a home for them yet and I don't have a particular shape in mind. One is a half-moon, the other a very large almost 4" wide giant; both plateaux blocks.

Say what you will about drill-first or shape-first, but what's a good way to be inspired for random blocks without a clear shape goal in mind?

_________________
"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants" --Newton

Thank you all for giving me standards to aspire to!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 9:38 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:44 pm
Posts: 646
Location: Port Huron, MI
For me, it depends on the shape. Right now my production revolves around 3 shapes, for the most part. My military pot I only do black rusticated so I can use any block. I do a Devil Anse smooth or rusticated, so I can plan to do either depending on what block I have available, or change it depending on what the block yeilds. Lastly I do a straight Dublin, only smooth and only straight grain. I've recently chosen to go with this system mainly so that I can focus on perfecting a select few shapes before branching out too much, but it also gives me the option to use any block at any particular time.

_________________
#shellaclivesmatter

Emmanuel Atilano
http://www.atilanopipes.com/


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 10:10 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:05 pm
Posts: 2597
Most of the time I don't have a shape in mind when I start a pipe. I just sort through blocks and look at the grain to find the pipe. Once I find a block I'll rough some sketches on it to see what I can come up with and go from there. Sometimes it doesn't work out and I move on to another block.

_________________
Wayne Teipen
Teipen Handmade Briar Pipes
http://www.teipenpipes.com


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 10:34 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jan 13, 2009 1:46 am
Posts: 4668
I draw the pipe I want to make, then go find a block to make it with, 90 percent of the time.

Occassionally I'll find a block that just says "make a ________ out of me" and I just go do that.

One of the things that you'll learn as you go is what kinds of shapes of blocks offer in terms of pipes that come out nicely.

That half moon will make a superb cutty, for example, and you'll throw out a TON of the block but who cares about that - get a great pipe out of it! The idea is not to maximixe the wood usage, but rather to pull the very best pipe you can get out of any particular block.

_________________
ALL YOUR PIPE ARE BELONG TO US!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:50 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:49 pm
Posts: 1843
Location: Zimmerman, MN
It depends on my mood how I choose a block. Most of the time, I have a shape drawn out and look for a block that has grain that will go well with my shape. Sometimes, when I'm looking through blocks, the grain will inspire me to make something unique.

_________________
---
Fail early, fail often. Your success depends on it.

Jeremiah Sandahl
http://sandahlpipe.com


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:54 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:35 am
Posts: 405
Location: Chongqing, China
Wait a second.... the briar you guys use has grain???

_________________
kamkiel@hotmail.com


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:49 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:40 am
Posts: 1405
Location: North Idaho
No, we paint on the stripes like everyone else ;)

_________________
Andrew
www.andrewstaplespipes.com


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 5:27 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:25 pm
Posts: 1054
I get dizzy at 200 lines drawn; But how else wood you get a Zebra pipe? :D


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:46 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:35 am
Posts: 405
Location: Chongqing, China
pipedreamer wrote:
I get dizzy at 200 lines drawn; But how else wood you get a Zebra pipe? :D


I guess I am not as committed as the rest of you :(

_________________
kamkiel@hotmail.com


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group