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 Post subject: Gothic Ball
PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:54 pm 
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Well, I just finished one that turned out a little more interesting than I had originally planned, I think.

I had hoped to do a nice smooth straightgrain pipe, but sometimes briar has other things in mind. Yes, I hit a few imperfections that went beyond what I would want in a smooth pipe.

And not wanting to just blast open those imperfections, I opted to rusticate in that lava rock rustication I did earlier. Only in black, it looks a lot more like wrought iron than lava rock.

But I had already been thinking of this one as being a rather Gothic design, anyway, so with the wrought iron thing going on, I think it works pretty well, overall-composition-wise.

I hate the badge/stamp thing at the bottom, and I wish I had done it a little differently. I may yet, but I'm going to think on it a bit.

Worth noting is the fact that this stem is Absylux®. There wasn't a lot of fitting involved with it, so it's no biggie to change stems later.

But since I have already been approached by a few people wanting to try out the Absylux, I figured I might as well go ahead and make a few pipes with Absylux stems to start with.

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You've gotta quit posting pipes with that rustication!! I keep wanting to buy them and I can't afford it right now!!!!

Good job, Robert. Love it!!!! I'm working on one right now with a similar shape to it. I just hope I can get mine to look as good as yours does!


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Wow, great looking pipe and wonderful rustication. Beautiful.

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 Post subject: Re: Gothic Ball
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I've mentioned before, I'm not a great lover of blasts & rustication, but you do such an excellent and different rustication that I can't help but be impressed.
pierredekat wrote:
Worth noting is the fact that this stem is Absylux®. There wasn't a lot of fitting involved with it, so it's no biggie to change stems later.

But since I have already been approached by a few people wanting to try out the Absylux, I figured I might as well go ahead and make a few pipes with Absylux stems to start with.

Speaking of ABS, I'm wondering how Kim (kkendal) is doing with his from a different supplier.

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 Post subject: Re: Gothic Ball
PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 3:06 pm 
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Thanks, guys. :D

Frank wrote:
pierredekat wrote:
Worth noting is the fact that this stem is Absylux®. There wasn't a lot of fitting involved with it, so it's no biggie to change stems later.

But since I have already been approached by a few people wanting to try out the Absylux, I figured I might as well go ahead and make a few pipes with Absylux stems to start with.

Speaking of ABS, I'm wondering how Kim (kkendal) is doing with his from a different supplier.

Yeah, I'm wondering about that, as well.

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I just got the couple rods I ordered late last week.

Last weekend, I cut a couple pieces, faced them off, drilled the air holes, and added delrin tenons. I'll be shaping and polishing this weekend.

-Kim


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Well, Kim, definitely let us know what you think, as far as working it, and so on.

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