Best of both worlds...
As we all know there are people who love Vulcanite stems for their comfort, and there are people who hate them for their ability to discolor. The oposite can be said about the Acrylic stems and the camp is divided to almost 50/50%, so what is the best solution to this problem?
I was thinking about it for some time and finaly it occured to me that there could be fairly simple answer to this...why not cut the stem with Acrylic body and soft Vulcanite bit at the end.
Well after some experimenting, I have applied this to the stem on "Rotunda", nice sandblasted Blowfisf pipe. The stem is cut from black Acrylic and the bit at the end is from Cumberland material, which is soft and will not dicolor as fast as Vulcanite. It also provides interesting color contrast between the black body of the stem and the tip.
I must say I like the idea myself, I've been smoking one pipe with the new stem for more then two months now, and there is no problem. Since then the "Rotunda" also have a new owner and he is pleased with it and will let me know how it will perform in the long term.
I do plan to develop this idea further and you should see more pipes leaving my workshop with this new "Combo" stems fitted...
Evening pipe with classic lines...
Stunning straight grain, acrylic stem + tamper
After all day work on this small size Freehand which was going to be high class "Signature" pipe, I did hit a sand pit :-( However this pipe has a simply stunning straight grain to be ignored or sandblasted. As you know I do not fill my pipes with a putty of any sort, if there is a small sand pit, it is stabilized, so it will be as hard as the briar and smooth. I do put strict limitation on what size and shape of sand pit I will allow in my pipes, so please do not worry about this one too much. As the pipe will develop darker patina, the pit might disapear altoghether.
The straight grain is even all around the bowl, and the shank extention is from Corugara Burl, and the tamper from the same Corugara Burl is included in the set. The pipe is fitted with black Acryli stem with the white Delryn tenon and the bowl has Charcoal/Pumice coating inside it for an extra protection and ease of break-in.
If you can live with the sand pit, this pipe is a genuine bargain. I have set the price just bellow the "Signature" price range, plus the cost of the tamper.
Light as a feather, exiting straight grain, shank extention and matching tamper...all in all beautiful evening pipe
Cross grained beauty..
This is a beautiful large freehand pipe with stunning cross grain on both sides of the bowl and along the shank. Plenty of birds eyes on the top and bottom of the shank into the bragain and natural Palteaux comb along the front of the bowl.
The pipe is fitted with hand cut Cumberland stem with black Acrylic flange and white Delryn tenon.
Apart from darkening the Plateaux there is no stain on the bowl and the finish is with Carnuaba wax only. The bowl is coated with my Charcoal/Pumice formula for extra protection and ease of break-in.
The pipe sits very comfotably in the hand, is light and well balnced considering its size. I am very pleased with this "Signature" pipe and will not mind smoking it myself :-)
Lines, beautiful lines...
This is very nice medium size Freehand pipe in "Signature Extra" class with natural Plateaux top. Straight grain is very tight on the right hand side where I flatened the bowl and the pipe is fitted with hand cut stem cut from high quality German Ebonite. The pipe has generous bowl capacity and yet is very light and well balanced...very elegant pipe indeed...
I love to carve pipes with flowing lines and I believe there is something special about the way they look and fit into one hand. The shape with complex curves is not easy to carve, but I like good challenge and maybe this is the reason I like to carve them from time to time...
New DVD available...
Join me on the trip around north of Europe, staring with pipe show in Cuxhaven. We continue our travel stoping at well known master craftsmen such as Rainer Barbi in Germany, Hans (Former) Neilsen and Tom Eltang in Denmark and finaly Bo Nordh in Sweden.
See how the famous hand crafted pipes are created by these very individual artisans, and along the way visit the famous W.O.Larsen pipes shop, and museum in Copemhagen, and witness the finish of the Tall Ship race in Cuxhaven as an extra bonus.
This 52 min DVD is a joy to watch and if you own pipe or two crafted by the above artists you will have an even better understanding and appreciation of it.
Filmed in an easy and relaxed style... and I guarantee you'll enjoy it!