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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 1:19 pm 
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Here's is my latest pipe venture. A great friend of mine has been really wanting me to make him a pipe to run through testing and add to his rotation. I had told him I would love to do it at some point, but didn't know when I would get to it.

I was speaking to him a couple nights ago about what shapes and sizes he was interested in and he sort of settled on a ball/tomato as something he had been curious about.

Well; I took yesterday off from the office to clean house as my wife is out of town all week; and figured I would do a little work in the shop. Then it hit me. I had this block that I just couldn't decide what shape would work with the grain it was showing ... until now. I sketched out the shape and went to town. Here she is ....

Beefsteak Tomato:

Length - 6.00
Height - 2.00
Width - 2.25
Chamber Diameter - .750
Chamber Depth - 1.50
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I think she turned out pretty well. I see some stem touch-up sanding and buffing that I need to go back to. But other than that ... she's a beaut Clark! Needless to say he had no clue I was doing it and was pretty freaked when he saw the pics. Too bad he can't have it ........... at least until after Chicago. I hope you like it, too.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:36 pm 
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Nice shape! I really like the subtle reverse curve to the shank. Great job. The shank/stem joint needs some work, but you already know that. What happens to me all the time is that the stem face seems to protrude out slightly right around the stem. Drives me nuts. What i do is dab a bit of (kids) paint on the stem face and then put the pipe together. When you pull it apart, the paint will be on the shank where the stem face is touching. Sand these ares, lather, rinse repeat. Spit also works, but the paint works better. Yellow seems to be the easiest to use.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:50 pm 
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A great looking pipe Hollywood.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 4:25 pm 
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Cool pipe!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:55 pm 
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Awesome pipe, Dave! I like it a lot. How much does it weigh?


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i agree with the cousin eddie quote! she is a beaut. nice work.


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Thanks all. With a little touch up around the stem and stem/shank junction; she's ready to roll. I think this will be the first one I'm going to try a bowl coating on. I'll give it a go this afternoon and post a couple pics of the results.

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