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 Post subject: Pipe # 5 Ball/Tomato
PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 2:57 pm 
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Here's my latest pipe. Any and all feedback/criticism/advise is welcome.

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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 3:07 pm 
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Well done! Symmetry looks good.

The only thing that catches my eye - and it may just be optical gymnastics - is the stem/shank joint. Looking at the side shots, it doesn't appear to be perpendicular at the joint.


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Looks Great! I think the proportions are spot on. Well done.

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kkendall wrote:
Well done! Symmetry looks good.

The only thing that catches my eye - and it may just be optical gymnastics - is the stem/shank joint. Looking at the side shots, it doesn't appear to be perpendicular at the joint.


Yes, you're right kkendall. I'm still honing my stem/stummel skills. The stem fits snug with the shank but their is a gap between the white lucite and stem that you can't see in the pictures. I didn't notice it until after the epoxy dried. I masked it some with epoxy filler but it's still noticeable on close inspection. I was disappointed to find two good sized and one smaller pits develop once I got the shape where I wanted it to be so I tried my hand at filling. The fills turned out better than I expected for my first time. The smaller one is tough to spot but the other two are easy to spot but blend in decent. I mixed up some wood glue, briar dust, and clear lacquer for a filler and am fairly happy with the results. I'm guessing that combination has been used before. I'm having fun experimenting and trying new things.


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wdteipen wrote:
... I mixed up some wood glue, briar dust, and clear lacquer for a filler ...


Have you tried briar dust and CA glue?


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What's CA glue? I'm not familiar.


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanoacrylate
aka Superglue


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Ah, yes. I thought about that but was concerned that the superglue would dry too fast. What are your thoughts? Does a superglue/briar dust mixture dry quickly?


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wdteipen wrote:
Ah, yes. I thought about that but was concerned that the superglue would dry too fast. What are your thoughts? Does a superglue/briar dust mixture dry quickly?

Don't sweat it, your method seems to have worked very well.
Very nice symmetry to the pipe.

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Nice pipe, wonderfully executed!

I might be wrong, but for me personally the stummel and shank meets each other too sharply. I know people say that you have to cut "to the bone", but for me there is a limit.


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Thanks for the input fellas. Great observations and advice. My dissatisfaction with the gap between the stem and white lucite keeps this one off the market. I haven't decided if I want to smoke it or gift it to a friend. I don't mind flaws in the briar since, in large part, that is out of my control but I have to get better at facing my stems and treatments squarely.


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