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ozark southpaw

Carving Strawberries

Had a gent contact me a couple of weeks ago asking if I would consider making him a pipe from Strawberry wood. I said sure and shot him a price. He replied and says he wants two, a poker and an author both with Tortoise shell acrylic stems.
This gent likes large pipes-the bigger the better so I ordered two  of the largest size blocks that VT Freehand carries along with a rod of  Tortoise shell or as Steve calls it- amber extra. I've made two Mulberries for this guy using the same stem material. I guess he likes it.  He wants them both sandblasted so they will be making a trip to see Carl.

The plateau of the Strawberry looks just like briar but the grain of this wood is different than briar which is why it makes great sandblasts. It doesn't seem to be quite as hard as briar--my band saw didn't scream when I cut it like it does with briar.

There's some good info on Strawberry here--  http://www.doc-pipes.com/?page_id=467








He later sent me this photo and said he liked the shape and natural finish so I'll try to get close to that.


JoeMan

Well now, I cannot wait to see these!
pipesbywhitney

With a little whole cream no less!
Yohanan

Checked out the link for strawberry wood, thanks for posting, I found it interesting.
Troy_nov1965

Very interesting i cant wait to see the pipes.....well the poker actually Smile
pipesbywhitney

Everytime strawberry wood comes up I have to go back and read about it. We grow strawberries here in central Florida by the tons and, of course, have millions of strawberry plants set out every year. There is not enough fiber in a whole strawberry plant to make a pipe tamper let alone a pipe so I am always caught back when I see strawberry pipes mentioned. The Mediterranean strawberry wood, however, sounds like a great one for making pipes, especially sandblasted ones. Best of luck with these, Ed ...
Drifter-MT

Your usual fine work Ed!
ozark southpaw

The Madrone tree from the west coast USA area is also known as Strawberry and looks a lot like the stuff from the Med. and is in the same family--  Ericaceae ,the same as briar and Manzanita from the USA.
Sean



Smile  Very Happy  Surprised  Shocked

Embarassed

Excuse me... I have to step out of the room for a moment...
TigerJack

Yep, that pipe looks good enough to eat ! G'Day
C.E. Purdy

Sean wrote:


Smile  Very Happy  Surprised  Shocked

Embarassed

Excuse me... I have to step out of the room for a moment...


Yeah he would have to use a picture like that and then announce to the whole damn world he's sending them to me to blast!    Rolling Eyes   Man with friends like that.......
ozark southpaw

This is what you are getting Carl--




And it had better look like that pipe I posted !  Mad
ozark southpaw

The other Strawberry is still in beginning stages. Hope to get it done in next few days. Will be trying something different with the stem on this one. If that doesn't work it will have a stem made from the same material as the first.


C.E. Purdy

ozark southpaw wrote:
This is what you are getting Carl--




And it had better look like that pipe I posted !  Mad


Did you want me to keep your name on it? Or can I blast that off, and put CE Pipes instead?  Twisted Evil
ozark southpaw

C.E. Purdy wrote:
ozark southpaw wrote:
This is what you are getting Carl--




And it had better look like that pipe I posted !  Mad


Did you want me to keep your name on it? Or can I blast that off, and put CE Pipes instead?  Twisted Evil


There's 4 sides on that shank !!
C.E. Purdy

ozark southpaw wrote:
C.E. Purdy wrote:
ozark southpaw wrote:
This is what you are getting Carl--




And it had better look like that pipe I posted !  Mad


Did you want me to keep your name on it? Or can I blast that off, and put CE Pipes instead?  Twisted Evil


There's 4 sides on that shank !!


Laughing  I'm just a subcontractor here. It's your customer and your pipe. Let's just hope I can do it justice, cause if I don't, oh I will never hear the end of it!  Shocked  Razz
ozark southpaw

Quote:
I'm just a subcontractor here. It's your customer and your pipe. Let's just hope I can do it justice, cause if I don't, oh I will never hear the end of it!



As Doris Day would say-- "Que sera sera".  Or, it is what it is,and whatever it is-- I have no doubt you will find it under the skin of that pipe !  Very Happy
WayneD

Looks like a real nice start on the pipe, Ed. That should give CE a real good base to work off of. Ive seen CE's work firsthand and I have no doubt that he will be able to do the blast work on your pipe exactly like the pic. If not even more betterer.
C.E. Purdy

WayneD wrote:
Looks like a real nice start on the pipe, Ed. That should give CE a real good base to work off of. Ive seen CE's work firsthand and I have no doubt that he will be able to do the blast work on your pipe exactly like the pic. If not even more betterer.


Thanks bro!

(The check is in the mail)  Cool
WayneD

C.E. Purdy wrote:
WayneD wrote:
Looks like a real nice start on the pipe, Ed. That should give CE a real good base to work off of. Ive seen CE's work firsthand and I have no doubt that he will be able to do the blast work on your pipe exactly like the pic. If not even more betterer.


Thanks bro!

(The check is in the mail)  Cool

No prob, buddy. I'm here to help. I was wondering though, could I get the check before Ed gets his returned finished product? You know, just sayin.  Twisted Evil
Thelonious Monkfish

That pipe is going to be slick, looking forward to finished pics and seeing the other one too.
ozark southpaw

Sent this off to Carl today. Pic was taken before the stem was finished sanded and buffed and bent.




Steveaux

Shocked  Shocked  Shocked

I don't think I've ever seen that stem treatment.

Remarkable work, Ed.
pipesbywhitney

I like that stem work ... really catchy!
C.E. Purdy

When Ed sent me the pictures of that pipe and stem, I liked it so much, I started thinking that I have a pipe that would look just bad ass with a stem like that.  Only difference is I would want it brass.  Shocked  Would brass be a problem to do Ed?
WayneD

Looking good, Ed. Nicely done. To say I'm intrigued by that stem would be a gross understatement. Can't wait to see the finished product.
ozark southpaw

C.E. Purdy wrote:
When Ed sent me the pictures of that pipe and stem, I liked it so much, I started thinking that I have a pipe that would look just bad ass with a stem like that.  Only difference is I would want it brass.  Shocked  Would brass be a problem to do Ed?


No,brass would not be a problem as long as a tube can be either bought or made that has a fairly thin wall.  I used 3/4" diameter tubing with .065" wall thickness for this stem.


C.E. Purdy

ozark southpaw wrote:
C.E. Purdy wrote:
When Ed sent me the pictures of that pipe and stem, I liked it so much, I started thinking that I have a pipe that would look just bad ass with a stem like that.  Only difference is I would want it brass.  Shocked  Would brass be a problem to do Ed?


No,brass would not be a problem as long as a tube can be either bought or made that has a fairly thin wall.  I used 3/4" diameter tubing with .065" wall thickness for this stem.




HeHeHe....I think we can come up some brass that will work then.  I just need to get the bowl straight, somebody butchered it up pretty well  (no not me  Rolling Eyes )  and we'll be in bidness!
Thelonious Monkfish

Man, dig that stem work but I agree with C.E. on the brass. Think you could turn some trim for the rim with a big enough piece?
ozark southpaw

Thelonious Monkfish wrote:
Man, dig that stem work but I agree with C.E. on the brass. Think you could turn some trim for the rim with a big enough piece?


The problem for me wouldn't be turning a cap for the rim,but instead turning the rim to accept it.  I might could do it on a straight pipe. My lathe is quite small and in order to do any turning on a block I have to glue a round dowel like piece to it that will fit my chuck.  I cannot put a block in the chuck--it's to small. Some blocks,depending on size and shape of pipe I can turn between centers and cut the rim.  
Need a bigger lathe and even then would need more tooling-boring bars I'm thinking ,in order to turn the cap.
DocBrian

I agree with everyone on the stem, that's some nice work.
ozark southpaw

Thanks Brian ! Got another similar stem working.
ozark southpaw

Got this one back from Carl yesterday and I'm really pleased with the way it turned out. Sent pics to the buyer and he's loves it ! Hopefully he'll feel the same way when he gets it in hand !

Took the pics playing with my new photo box/cube thingy. Will need to practice to figure out how to best set it up. Kinda wish I had a better camera-- and knew how to use it !






pipesbywhitney

Absolutely a beautiful Ed/Carl creation ... can't see why a customer wouldn't love it!
ol gto

Congrats Gents, that one is "out of the park"!
C.E. Purdy

pipesbywhitney wrote:
Absolutely a beautiful Ed/Carl creation ... can't see why a customer wouldn't love it!


Thanks Dave!  I'm glad Ed gave me the opportunity to work with the strawberry wood.  Its a lot like briar is some ways and in other ways not.  And of course its always fun to work with Ed, like you he doesn't micro-manage, so I'm free to "stretch my legs" so to speak.  I like that kind of work environment!   Wink
Thelonious Monkfish

That looks great, phenomenal work on both ends. I'm going to need you guys to make and blast duplicates of my favorite pipes out of Strawberry Briar now, twenty bucks going to cover that? Sorry, Ed, no Larks here.
Spadefan

That's a really Purdy Ejames pipe!
Steveaux

That is simply incredible.
ozark southpaw

Thelonious Monkfish wrote:
That looks great, phenomenal work on both ends. I'm going to need you guys to make and blast duplicates of my favorite pipes out of Strawberry Briar now, twenty bucks going to cover that? Sorry, Ed, no Larks here.


Not hardly Monk ! The blocks cost $35.00 each !  Shocked
ozark southpaw

Spadefan wrote:
That's a really Purdy Ejames pipe!


Carl needs to get a stamp so we can make them true Purdy/Ejames pipes !
ozark southpaw

Steveaux wrote:
That is simply incredible.


Thanks Steve !
C.E. Purdy

ozark southpaw wrote:
Spadefan wrote:
That's a really Purdy Ejames pipe!


Carl needs to get a stamp so we can make them true Purdy/Ejames pipes !


Now that sounds like a good idea!
ozark southpaw

Carl's latest and final progress photo of the poker. Can't wait to see this one up close !!

ol gto

WOW! Stunning!
C.E. Purdy

Ed, that just don't look right with all the tape on it!  I'll get a pic or two with it cleaned up, and some good lighting.  Hang loose.......
C.E. Purdy

Here you go....

WayneD

Well Great, Holy Sh*tballs of Fire!!!!!!!!!!! I mean, err, umm, cough cough, that looks.........nice.
pipesbywhitney

WOW!
Thelonious Monkfish

That is great. I'll take a bakers dozen with Brass accents.
ozark southpaw

I probably should send you Brad's address and have you send it direct to him. I may not want to turn loose of it!!

I take it since the stem is sitting on that block that it will no longer sit on it's own?  Can you put some of the wood back on it so it will?  Rolling Eyes

Great blast !!
C.E. Purdy

ozark southpaw wrote:
I probably should send you Brad's address and have you send it direct to him. I may not want to turn loose of it!!

I take it since the stem is sitting on that block that it will no longer sit on it's own?  Can you put some of the wood back on it so it will?  Rolling Eyes

Great blast !!


Gonna send it to you so you can rebuff that stem.  The tape left some residue on the aluminum and I had to use alcohol and a paper towel to get it off.  So now a gnat cant shave with it, but a mosquito still could.  Laughing Nit picker!  Shocked And no I cant put wood back on. Rolling Eyes But not to worry, it still sits up by its self. There was some crap under my photo tent, causing me grief, so I just propped with the block.

Jeeze a guy cant catch a break around here! Twisted Evil
ozark southpaw

Now that these are done you can take a break !  Laughing
ozark southpaw

Thelonious Monkfish wrote:
That is great. I'll take a bakers dozen with Brass accents.


That would require a deposit of $500.00 to cover cost of materials--only. Laughing
Thelonious Monkfish

ozark southpaw wrote:
Thelonious Monkfish wrote:
That is great. I'll take a bakers dozen with Brass accents.


That would require a deposit of $500.00 to cover cost of materials--only. Laughing

Check is in the mail....
Dave G

Beautiful work guys!

Ed, I absolutely love the metal/stem combo. You better drop a patent on that.

Carl, your blast work is magnificent. You've got me looking through my collection to see what I can convert...
ozark southpaw

Dave G wrote:
Beautiful work guys!

Ed, I absolutely love the metal/stem combo. You better drop a patent on that.

Carl, your blast work is magnificent. You've got me looking through my collection to see what I can convert...


Thanks Dave ! I couldn't sell enough pipes to pay for the patent application process!
C.E. Purdy

Dave G wrote:
Beautiful work guys!

Ed, I absolutely love the metal/stem combo. You better drop a patent on that.

Carl, your blast work is magnificent. You've got me looking through my collection to see what I can convert...


I appreciate the complement Dave!  A good portion of how it comes out is due to the grain.  If you find one you might want to do, send me a pic first and we'll see what it looks like.
ozark southpaw

Brad asked me to make a tamper that matched the poker. Although not sandblasted it uses the same materials and the cap is made to look kinda like a saddle bit stem.

Got the poker back from CE yesterday and cannot believe the blast he put on it! Wish I could keep it !!

Carl,it will not sit on any type of cloth--but will sit on a hard surface !! Don't understand that !!






C.E. Purdy

ozark southpaw wrote:
Brad asked me to make a tamper that matched the poker. Although not sandblasted it uses the same materials and the cap is made to look kinda like a saddle bit stem.

Got the poker back from CE yesterday and cannot believe the blast he put on it! Wish I could keep it !!

Carl,it will not sit on any type of cloth--but will sit on a hard surface !! Don't understand that !!


The angle of the dangle is perpendicular to the heat of the........ ummm bowl in this case! Laughing

Add an extra coat of wax, a little cake in the bowl and it should be about right. Embarassed

The tamper is bad ass by the way! Cool
Oldredbeard

Very sweet work from both of you. The tamper is awesome, and makes that a fantastic set.
Thelonious Monkfish

ozark southpaw wrote:
Brad asked me to make a tamper that matched the poker. Although not sandblasted it uses the same materials and the cap is made to look kinda like a saddle bit stem.

Got the poker back from CE yesterday and cannot believe the blast he put on it! Wish I could keep it !!

Carl,it will not sit on any type of cloth--but will sit on a hard surface !! Don't understand that !!








Brilliant.
ozark southpaw

Oldredbeard wrote:
Very sweet work from both of you. The tamper is awesome, and makes that a fantastic set.


Thanks Tim !!
ozark southpaw

[quote="Thelonious Monkfish:149688"]
ozark southpaw wrote:
Brad asked me to make a tamper that matched the poker. Although not sandblasted it uses the same materials and the cap is made to look kinda like a saddle bit stem.

Got the poker back from CE yesterday and cannot believe the blast he put on it! Wish I could keep it !!

Carl,it will not sit on any type of cloth--but will sit on a hard surface !! Don't understand that !!






Brilliant.


Thanks Monk !
Oldbriar

Beautiful!!

OB
ozark southpaw

Thanks OB. !
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