Some of the pipes I have carved over the years


I thought I would post some pictures of the pipes I have carved over the years. Some are better than others and many are no longer in my collection as I have given them to friends. I post them here on the blog to show some of the possibilities with finishes – smooth, rusticated and semi rusticated – and with various stains and also as naturals.

Pipe #1 (only in terms of pictures not in terms of creation). A quarter bent ball or apple with a chamfered rim. The stains include a black under stain and a medium brown over stain.ImageImage

Pipe #2 – A ¼ bent tadpole. This is a great smoker and very light weight. The stains are a contrast of reds and browns.

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Pipe #3 – A saddle stem Dublin with a Medium Brown stain

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Pipe #4 – a ¼ bent Tomato. This one is rusticated to look like old leather. The undercoat is black stain then it is buffed and given a top coat of Medium Brown stain.Image

Pipe #5 – A semi rusticated apple. The bottom of this pipe is plateau briar and the rustication carries that theme upward to mid bowl. The rustication has a black understain and a medium Brown top coat. The smooth portion is medium brown. Image

Pipe #6 – A Canadian with a leaf pattern carved over a flaw in the briar. The stain is a Medium Brown.Image

Pipe #7 –a bent Dublin. On this one I used a medium brown stain. I had Stephen Downie help me with the shank extension and work on this one. Image

Pipe #8 – Volcano shape with plateau on the bottom. This one has a black understain to highlight the beautiful grain and then a medium Brown overstain. The stem is a modified saddle.ImageImage

Pipe #9 – ¼ bent egg. This one is stained with a black understain and then a tan overstain. The grain is very interesting on it.Image

Pipe #10 is a natural Dublin with no stain. Many coats of carnauba wax were applied. The band is a brass pressure fitting that I shaped to give it character. Image

Pipe #11 is a poker with a mix of rustication and smooth. It was stained with a medium brown stain. And waxed with carnauba. Image

Pipe #12 is a fanciful freehand that I did to highlight the amazing grain that flows along the pattern. This one is also natural in terms of finish – no stains were used. Just wax.Image

3 thoughts on “Some of the pipes I have carved over the years

  1. upshallfan

    A nice retrospective of your work Steve. For me, I really like the look of that Dublin with the stem accent (and I usually don’t like adornments) and the Volcano. I envy your artistic talent.

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  2. Desertpipe

    There is no doubt that you are a Pipe Carver, as well as one of the most talanted Restorers I have had the luck to know. Were you ever blessed with the kind of equipment that you would need, I have no doubt that you could make a living at either pursuit. I just feel happy that you are intent on sharing the compilation of methods with a heart that opens this world to the rest of us. You are a heck of a Teacher, Steve, not to mention the inspiration you provide.

    I am now flipping a coin….is my favorite #2 or #7…..#7 or #@….27722772……..

    Thank You My Friend,
    ChucK

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    1. rebornpipes Post author

      Thanks Chuck. I don’t know if I ever want to go there! I enjoy the freelance lifestyle of having refurbishing and carving (very few in reality) as a hobby rather than something pressing on me. You do some great work yourself my friend!!

      Reply

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