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JoeMan

A MARVIC in the making

This may come across as dramatic...but I thought we might enjoy watching it happen as steps are shared. Here's the first I've received, and I suppose the flatbed might give away the maker...



...more later.  Wink  Cool
C.E. Purdy

That's a hunk of wood!
vwdeano

nice looking chunk, there!
ozark southpaw

What kind of rustication is that called?  Question
JoeMan

ozark southpaw wrote:
What kind of rustication is that called?  Question


Natural rustication!!! 😊
Tiki Vegas

Dozen pipes out of that block.
JoeMan

Or...one beauty???  Yeeesssssssss...
WayneD

Looks like a grand start to a beautiful pipe.
Oldredbeard

WOW!!! what a chunk of briar.
JoeMan

So Gary sent me an update on my Marvic.  Here it is, along with his status comment...



Looks the same as last time, don't it?  
That's cuz it is!  
Bwaahaaaahaaa!!!  
pipesbywhitney

It does kinda grow on one!
JoeMan

I may just tell him to drill a hole and stick a stem in it...the block looks great!!
voodoo101

Beautiful briar!
ozark southpaw

Geez, I thought I was slow !! Laughing  Shocked
Dave G

Just when I thought Gary couldn't out do himself, I see this beaut.
JoeMan

Alright guys...updates as they happen.  Gary got home this past weekend, drilled the block and hit the road with it.  

Concept drawn out...



As nice as it is...the natural burl is not needed, so he cut it off...



Here's what he's getting to...lots of birds...for the rim & top side...


Shape drawn on the block...


Shank end drilled with forstner, then the mortise...


Then the chamber...



Large areas of briar cut away; stem drilled out and delrin inserted.  Stem inlay materials (briar and lucite) being prepared.


I bet a few of you already have a guess as to the specific piece he's making.
ozark southpaw

Shaping up nicely !
Sean

Looks good as it is.. throw a stem in it, pack it and fire it up. Very Happy
Gary Balestrieri Jr

This is a picture of the inlay pieces epoxied on the stem.  


HI guys!   I figured I'd add a photo to save Joe some work!  Lol!   And I wanted to say hello to all of you and sorry for my absence lately.  Don't think I don't think about you guys alot!   Between trucking and carving,  I haven't made it here on the forum as you know.  
Several updates for you.   My dad's recent checkup shows normal numbers,  so the prostate cancer is at bay for now.  The radiation therapy seems to have worked.  
My youngest daughter Ayla is 18,  and I'm proud to announce that she has joined the Army!  I think it's a great move on her part.  
I had a certain ornery forum member from Minnesota  make a pipe for me.  My first commission from another pipe maker.  I'll show pics later.  
I will also have pics of two Grabow Hillcrest 120 pipes that I won the end of last year.  
That's it for now.  I don't want to hijack Joe's awesome thread here.   But I'll be around.  
Later on!    Gary
ozark southpaw

Good to hear from you Gary ! I thought maybe you took a wrong turn in that truck and ended up lost in Canada or South America !
pipesbywhitney

Good to hear from you again, Gary! Keep off the slick roads this time of year! Your daughter is a real winner for joining the Army ... you'll see a big change in her after the first few months ... they grow up fast ... mine did the Coast Guard! Best to you ... Dave
Oldredbeard

Great to see you back on the forum Gary, we missed you sir. Do take care and be careful out there, I know you know what you're doing sir....just saying.  Wink
WayneD

Hey Joe. Now thats some progress!!! Taking shape nicely. Just think, in what, another 6 to 8 weeks you should maybe be smoking a new pipe?  Laughing  Laughing  Laughing  Laughing  Wink  Wink
Glad to hear youre still kickin there, Creeper. Nice work. If you rusticate that the top of that pipe, you can get rid of all that birdseye..............just sayin.  Cool
JoeMan

WayneD wrote:
If you rusticate that the top of that pipe, you can get rid of all that birdseye..............just sayin.


WayneD

JoeMan wrote:
WayneD wrote:
If you rusticate that the top of that pipe, you can get rid of all that birdseye..............just sayin.



ok. on that note. maybe no rustication. a heavy black dye job would work also. Cool  Cool  Cool  Laughing
JoeMan

WayneD wrote:

ok. on that note. maybe no rustication. a heavy black dye job would work also. Cool  Cool  Cool  Laughing


WayneD

JoeMan wrote:
WayneD wrote:

ok. on that note. maybe no rustication. a heavy black dye job would work also. Cool  Cool  Cool  Laughing



Im starting to notice a trend here.  Laughing  Laughing
JoeMan

Mr. Bean does not care for your anti-birdseye nonsense.  Wink

Update...stem inlay done.

C.E. Purdy

JoeMan wrote:
WayneD wrote:

ok. on that note. maybe no rustication. a heavy black dye job would work also. Cool  Cool  Cool  Laughing




That's exactly the look I have when folks ask me to dye a sandblast black!  Hint, hint, Joseph!   Laughing  Wink
JoeMan

C.E. Purdy wrote:
 
That's exactly the look I have when folks ask me to dye a sandblast black!



Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  Cool  Cool  Cool  Cool  Cool  Cool
ozark southpaw

C.E. Purdy wrote:
JoeMan wrote:
WayneD wrote:

ok. on that note. maybe no rustication. a heavy black dye job would work also. Cool  Cool  Cool  Laughing




That's exactly the look I have when folks ask me to dye a sandblast black!  Hint, hint, Joseph!   Laughing  Wink


You're kidding??!! Black??!!  Shocked
C.E. Purdy

ozark southpaw wrote:
C.E. Purdy wrote:
JoeMan wrote:
WayneD wrote:

ok. on that note. maybe no rustication. a heavy black dye job would work also. Cool  Cool  Cool  Laughing




That's exactly the look I have when folks ask me to dye a sandblast black!  Hint, hint, Joseph!   Laughing  Wink


You're kidding??!! Black??!!  Shocked


I knew I could count on you to back me up!   Laughing  At the end of the day I guess "the customer is always right"  (if you believe all that horse manure  Shocked ).  Laughing
JoeMan

Nope, I'm not kidding.  Uh, hello....Grabow COMMODORE.  Smile
C.E. Purdy

I think I hi-jacked this thread!  Not my intention, but we'll just blame it on Wayne, he started it with the "black stain comment" Shocked  Laughing

But since the deed is done, let me say for the readers, that I'll color a pipe what ever color you want as long as you're paying.....even pink, if that's your hearts desire. Shocked  Shocked (it is close to valentines day)

But what I really like to see in a blast is "contrast".  And to me that's is the difference between dark and light.  So for me you've got to have "dark" and "light" to show off the depth of the blast.  Black is fine if you've got a lighter color to highlight the grain structure.  

Now, Joe here is one you can pick at Ed about.  When I blasted his billiard he told me to give it lots of "contrast" but keep all the colors "light" Shocked  Shocked  Laughing   Explain to me please how the hell I was supposed to do that....exactly?   Laughing  Laughing  Laughing    Anyway....

Now to get this thing back on track!  I think that pipe is gonna be just too nice to be smoking all them aromatics in!  Laughing That is definitely a burley smoking machine right there!  Gary when you send that to SC it's first stop should be my house Cool

Oh crap.....I've done it again.....derailed....crashed....burned..... Embarassed  (rednecks from SC should come with a disclaimer.  "You just cant fix stupid")    Rolling Eyes  Laughing  Wink
JoeMan

Carl...no worries there.  Sutliff Chocolate Mousse is all-burley underneath that wonderful chocolatey goodness.  Smile
vwdeano

I thought that was to be a M79 pipe?  Did something change?

LOL.
JoeMan

Dean...ssssshhhhh.   If we let that cat out of the bag, Gary may stop filing that block. Wink
WayneD

"but we'll just blame it on Wayne, he started it with the "black stain comment"

WTH CE??!!! Why throw me under the bus, I mean I was just trying to...........................yeah, you may be right.  Embarassed  Embarassed  Embarassed  Embarassed  Embarassed  Wink
C.E. Purdy

WayneD wrote:
"but we'll just blame it on Wayne, he started it with the "black stain comment"

WTH CE??!!! Why throw me under the bus, I mean I was just trying to...........................yeah, you may be right.  Embarassed  Embarassed  Embarassed  Embarassed  Embarassed  Wink


Well you see.....I was trying to take some of the heat off Ed.  A little mis-direction if you will.  Ed told me not long ago he'd "beat me like a red headed step child" Shocked  Laughing   I tell you that ole fella is a tough one (for lack of a better term Razz )  And I knew you could take it without little tears running down your cheeks and stuff, so you got used as the sacrificial lamb.  Sorry brother! Embarassed

Oh well, I think its safe to say we're all happy for Joe (and probably a little envious).  I may have to holler at Gary and swap stains with him.  I'll send him some black and he can send me whatever color he's planning on using!

Razz  Razz  Razz  Razz

Man I better shut up before they call the forum police on me Crying or Very sad
Oldredbeard

JoeMan wrote:
Carl...no worries there.  Sutliff Chocolate Mousse is all-burley underneath that wonderful chocolatey goodness.  Smile



Oh my Goodness,  Shocked  Rolling Eyes come to think of it you're right.  Laughing
WayneD

................................................................................................................-The Silence of the Lambs
JoeMan

And with that...let me borrow a quote from Rocky & Bullwinkle.  "And now, here's something we hope you'll really like..."

Time to let the cat out.  I had asked Gary to make this pipe for me.  It's a Butz Choquin UFO:



Gary sent me these pics yesterday, along with his update that he'd gotten the 'rough shaping' done.  Lookin good, Gary!




acaciavet

That is going to be a sweet smoker and good looker
WayneD

Sweet!! Shaping up nicely.
Thelonious Monkfish

I was looking through this and kept getting one pipe stuck in my head, then Joe puts a picture of it up. Been admiring the BC UFO shape a while, that and Calabash are two they have down perfect. That's going to be a real nice pipe.
C.E. Purdy

Is that a "black" sandblast on the bottom of that pipe?   Shocked  Shocked


Man this ole dog just keeps jerkin' that chain!!!!
JoeMan

C.E. Purdy wrote:
Is that a "black" sandblast on the bottom of that pipe?   Shocked  Shocked

Man this ole dog just keeps jerkin' that chain!!!!


Yeah Carl, don't it look just grand? 😀😀

Latest update, more shaping...



Here's the texture Gary suggested for the bottom...



Stay tuned...
WayneD

Lookin good! The rustication should be interesting to see finished.
C.E. Purdy

JoeMan wrote:
C.E. Purdy wrote:
Is that a "black" sandblast on the bottom of that pipe?   Shocked  Shocked

Man this ole dog just keeps jerkin' that chain!!!!


Yeah Carl, don't it look just grand? 😀😀

Latest update, more shaping...



Here's the texture Gary suggested for the bottom...



Stay tuned...


Well I guess that depends on you definition of "grand"! Laughing  You know I'm just giving you grief. Rolling Eyes

Actually I've always liked the sandblast/rustic with smooth combo.  The pipe I got Ed to do for me is like that.  In fact your "UFO" and my rhodie, have a lot in common.  

(Things that make you go, Hmmmmm.)  Cool
TigerJack

Unless there are flaws to hide why would you rusticate ,Just wondering. G'Day.
JoeMan

TigerJack wrote:
Unless there are flaws to hide why would you rusticate ,Just wondering. G'Day.


Preference only.  I love the smooth / rustic combination myself.  I realize for some, rustication is only to hide flaws, but done right in combination...as with the UFO images above...I really like the combo.
JoeMan

C.E. Purdy wrote:
 

Well I guess that depends on you definition of "grand"! Laughing  

Neither of our definitions of 'grand' matter all that much, unless we agree with Webster.  Take it up with Miriam...


WayneD

Shocked  Laughing  Laughing  Laughing  Laughing
C.E. Purdy

HOLY CRAP! Laughing  Laughing  Laughing   That was good.  


I almost missed that!  So....you win. Crying or Very sad   I'm going home to play with sandblaster and black stain...... Shocked
Oldredbeard

JoeMan wrote:
C.E. Purdy wrote:
 

Well I guess that depends on you definition of "grand"! Laughing  

Neither of our definitions of 'grand' matter all that much, unless we agree with Webster.  Take it up with Miriam...




Shocked DUDE!!! I got to hand it to you, that's a good one.
JoeMan

WHAT????? All I did was grab a screen cap from the M.W. site!
Oldredbeard

JoeMan wrote:
WHAT????? All I did was grab a screen cap from the M.W. site!


vwdeano

Just putting it out there, if this pipe isn't quite as you expected, I'll happily provide a place for it to live.

You know-if it isn't "exactly" like the example...

I'm a giver, what can I say?
JoeMan

Dean, I knew I could count on you.  If it's not up to par, I'd rather send it your way than to throw it in the trash.   Shocked  Shocked  Shocked
JoeMan

I'm delinquent in this update. Stem not polished yet:



You can see the birdseye better here:



Aaaaaaaaand the stem is polished, and the pipe is on it's way!!!

Thelonious Monkfish

Yeah, I like it, a lot. You commissioned enough of these for everybody right?
JoeMan

No, but Gary is ready for ya!
WayneD

Very nice, Joe. Congrats on a real beauty. Nice work, Gary. Ya done good!!
voodoo101

Wow!
TigerJack

Fantastic pipe there Joe, I am going to have a 81 made from some Plum Burl I have some time this summer I think , Anyway Awesome pipe congrats, G'Day Sir.
Oldredbeard

Another amazing pipe Gary, congrats Joe she's a real beauty sir.
ozark southpaw

It's a beauty Joe!
Epsilon2

Fantastic pipe sir!
Great work Very Happy
JoeMan

Well...though Gary sent the pipe Priority mail...it seemed to have taken a few left turns and must've collected dust somewhere in California between Feb. 26 when he sent it, and March 6 when it finally arrived in SC.  Then...it was out for delivery...on the other side of town yesterday, and was delivered to the wrong house.  Different street spelling and all.  (can you say....anticipation mixed with a little frustration on Gary's part and mine?)  After some calls, the postman retrieved it from the wrong mailbox...and it was re-delivered today.   Very Happy  Very Happy  Very Happy  Very Happy  Very Happy  Very Happy  Regardless why it took this long, it was very much worth the wait.



My first Marvic Pipe sock!!!



Aside from saying this pipe looks amazing, feels good in the hand, and I know will smoke great, I'm going to let the images do the talking.  

Measurements - Length: 6 1/4; bowl width: 2 5/16; bowl height: 2"; chamber width: just over 3/4; chamber depth: 1 7/16.







My only tiny contribution...bowl coating...








Gary...fabulous work, the images say it all, and I know when I fire it up tomorrow, the smoking experience will as well.   Very Happy  Cool
C.E. Purdy

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!  That's a pretty one!!!!!!!
pipesbywhitney

Beautiful piece of work!
Oldredbeard

Absolutely beautiful!!! Congrats Joe, and very well done Gary.
WayneD

Thats a real beauty. Congrats. Super nice pics also.
ted

I asked Gary if he could duplicate this (including the bent shank) with a burl top..




Well, Here he goes..




I'm like Joe, This is exciting again.  
And the top..




This will be a jewel in my rotation..  td
JoeMan

NICE, Tom!! I love watching the process unfurl!  You'll be tickled with Gary's rendition.  Smile
ted

JoeMan wrote:
NICE, Tom!! I love watching the process unfurl!  You'll be tickled with Gary's rendition.  Smile


I'm certain I will. This makes 3 and the other 2 are superb.

Your Marvic Bulldog is absolutely beautiful.... but I almost cried when y'all cut the burl off the top.

Just me.. td
JoeMan

ted wrote:
 ....but I almost cried when y'all cut the burl off the top.


Oh, I know it.  If I were not going for a very specific large rim which needed lots of birds perched on it...that would've never happened!
Thelonious Monkfish

[quote="JoeMan:143914"]
ted wrote:
 ....but I almost cried when y'all cut the burl off the top.

The pipe is beautiful but this made me cringe too. One day I'd like to be able to commission a TR shank 25 with the Burl on top still.
Epsilon2

Oh my Zeus!!
perfect shape,perfectly  drilled,congratulations !!
Troy_nov1965

Love that black and orange color contrast !!
T. Pollock

Very nice Joe, Gary does great work!
pwoodard

Very nice Joe, fantastic work Gary.
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