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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:39 pm 
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Hello all,

Just joined recently and have been lurking to try to prepare for making my first turd, er, pipe. First off, I am not expecting to produce a master work. I hope only to make the best first pipe that I can and to learn from the mistakes that I make.

My question is regarding the pipe kit that I got.

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From what reading and research I have done, in most classic shapes, the length of the shank is usually supposed to be relatively close to the height of the bowl. This kit, however, has a somewhat shorter shank. Is there a shape that would work with the kit I have, or should I forget about the proportions and just make a pipe and learn the basics first? As I said, I'm not expecting high-end pipe, just want to put all of the planning and effort into it that any project deserves.

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Ray


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 10:27 pm 
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Why not make the bowl shorter to match the shank?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 11:11 pm 
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It's hard to know if you hit your mark if you're not sure what you're aiming at. If you want to make a classic shape, pick a specific shape, draw it on paper till you're happy with it, then make exactly what you drew. Take your time and remove everything that doesn't look like the pipe you've envisioned. Worrying about proportions is just part of having a clear target.

And if you miss on your first shot, try it again. It's just like sighting in a rifle, except it takes a bit longer. ;-)

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 2:13 am 
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Just go for it my friend. Have fun and learn. Ask questions through the process and/or after.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:13 am 
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Yeah don't overthink your first pipe, man. It's gonna be all sorts of fun, but you can only control so many variables with a pipe kit. That's why eventually a guy gets to where he's working with blocks and rods - total control. For now, see if you can make something that looks a bit like a pipe.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 1:32 pm 
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I agree with Premal and Sas. Just have at it. It will be easier to adjust the height of the bowl to match the length of the shank. Have fun.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 3:20 pm 
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thats what i like to hear.
Sasquatch wrote:
Yeah don't overthink your first pipe, man. It's gonna be all sorts of fun, but you can only control so many variables with a pipe kit. That's why eventually a guy gets to where he's working with blocks and rods - total control. For now, see if you can make something that looks a bit like a pipe.
As much as I read about the right and wrongs of pipe making, in the end, if im happy with it and it smokes thats all that matters for me!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 3:20 pm 
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Do what SAS and Premal suggest.I was cleaning my pipe cabinet and found a pipe I made over 30 or more yrs ago. Things of course caught my eye and here we go. Instead of working today, I'm changing things on this pipe.In short, your knowledge and skills, along with tastes change!!!Have fun!!!


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:58 pm 
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If you don't like the shape when you get there, shorten the bowl to more pleasing (to you) proportions.
I don't know what tools that you are using for shaping, but this could be as simple as holding it against your rough shaping wheel.
The only thing you can't do is put is put wood back.
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