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ozark southpaw

Head Scratching--With a Little help From My Friends !

A short while after some of our members toured the factory this last April I get a package in the mail from Dave Whitney. It contained a pipe and a briar block with a hole in it--on the wrong side-- for a tobacco chamber.  
Dave said this block was found in some junk stuff and believed Sean said that this one should be sent to me.

You have ANOTHER butt kicking coming Sean !! Evil or Very Mad

 You must have had an idea of how much I would have to rack my brain trying to figure out just how the heck I was going to turn this backasswards block into something resembling what it was intended to look like!!!

I don't think this block was ever intended to make a pipe. I think what they were doing was checking to see if their cutter was cutting the correct contour and depth which would explain why it ended up with the junk.

I spent a lot of time looking at this thing,turning it every which way trying to decide how best to drill  and shape it. I even PM'ed Dave and told him this thing was driving me nuts!!

All he said was "relax,have fun with it!"  Easy for him to say !!

This started out as an ebuchon block which is NORMALLY drilled for the chamber in this position--



Chamber in the top,airway in from right side. This  one was laid on it's side and drilled--like this-



This rim contour would suggest that this is the shape of the pipe that it would make--




And I would have loved to try and make one of those but,since the block was laid on it side  to drill it wasn't thick enough to make one like that !!  So I decided on a different shape and laid it out for drilling the airway.

I had to cut the top and bottom "corners" at an angle so it would sit in the vice of my drill press at the proper angle for the airway. Got very lucky there !

After cutting the corners and drilling airway it looked like this--



 Next step was to rough in out with the bandsaw--

 

It got pushed aside while I worked on the two Strawberry pipes. I got back to it after sending the poker off to Carl a few days ago.

To be continued in another post.
pipesbywhitney

I have faith in you, Ed. This will be a dandy something or other when you get done with it. Love the progress photos ... Dave
JoeMan

I wondered why the weather channel reported that it's unusually smoky up in the Ozarks...all that thinking!

Can't wait to see the next steps...keep it coming...
Oldredbeard

That's gonna turn out to be a very sweet and unusual one. I'm looking forward to your progress Ed.
C.E. Purdy

If anyone can make something of it, it will be you Ed!  And if it don't work, get a bigger hammer! Laughing
Thelonious Monkfish

Looks good, shove a Lark stem in and slap some black stain on it.
ozark southpaw

Although I probably could have undercut the rim and make it look more like the Alpha "Flying Saucer" I decided on the easy way out and went with a basic-simple- shape. It's what I think of as a "Squashed" tomato.  Because of the Alpha/Israel connection I decided to make a stem using Olive wood from Israel,making a saddle bit stem similar to the one on the Strawberry poker.

Initial sanding,which revealed a large flaw--



As I worked it several more smaller flaws and sand pits popped up. Maybe should have rusticated it but who ever heard of a rusticated tomato.



Semi finished shape and the roughed in stem-



Stem fitted and more shaping--





These photos and the ones that follow all make this pipe look more round, and taller, than it is.  It is 2 3/8" diameter but only 1 1/2 " tall.
ozark southpaw

Once I got the shape where I wanted it and started the finish sanding I could see that the grain on this one would not be great. Another reason to rusticate. I wetted it with water for these pics.






ozark southpaw

Since I think of this thing as a tomato shape I wanted it red. Did some experiments with three different reds on a scrap piece I thought was from this pipe. Must not have been because the color didn't turn out like it was on the scrap. I used Fiebing Burgandy  and ended up with it looking like this.







ozark southpaw

Made a boo-boo on the stem. When I faced the ends of the Olive wood I put a slight inward bevel on both ends. That is fine on the end that butts up to the shank but  where it meets the cumberland it caused a gap between the two parts. Didn't realize what I had done until I started shaping the saddles.




It is rather hefty--



So,after all the head scratching,mumbling,grumbling and a few choice words I ended up with this simple little pipe!! Laughing
Oldredbeard

Yes sir, it is a bit heavy, however it's a beauty all the same. I love seeing your work Ed.
pipesbywhitney

Beautiful job, Ed. Neat pipe!
WayneD

Nice pics of the process and thats a righteous lookin pipe. Nicely done. The olive wood stem was a really nice touch.
ozark southpaw

Thanks Gents !
JoeMan

Love the shape...love the stem...just fantastic.  

So...is that staying in the Poplar Bluff stable?
kyrob

I dig it!  Very nice!
C.E. Purdy

Ed, that little SOB is sweet! The olive and the Cumberland look good together. You must have had some time in the last couple days and got busy. 'Bout time!  Rolling Eyes  Laughing

Mumblin' and grumblin' and a few choice words?  Naw man not you!  Laughing
Yohanan

Magnificent!!! love the stem.
Sean

Re: Head Scratching--With a Little help From My Friends !

ozark southpaw wrote:
Dave said this block was found in some junk stuff and believed Sean said that this one should be sent to me.

You have ANOTHER butt kicking coming Sean !! Evil or Very Mad

I recall the block but don't recall the suggestion.

But if I did, in fact, make that suggestion, it was only due to my faith and admiration of your unlimited talent and skills.  Very Happy

And now that I see the "After" pics... I see that any ass-umptions on my part were fully warranted.

I'm just sayin'...  Wink

And I will gladly accept any butt kicking that brings about any bold briar beautifications such as this.

Can I get an Amen?
ol gto

Re: Head Scratching--With a Little help From My Friends !

Sean wrote:
ozark southpaw wrote:
Dave said this block was found in some junk stuff and believed Sean said that this one should be sent to me.

You have ANOTHER butt kicking coming Sean !! Evil or Very Mad

I recall the block but don't recall the suggestion.

But if I did, in fact, make that suggestion, it was only due to my faith and admiration of your unlimited talent and skills.  Very Happy

And now that I see the "After" pics... I see that any ass-umptions on my part were fully warranted.

I'm just sayin'...  Wink

And I will gladly accept any butt kicking that brings about any bold briar beautifications such as this.

Can I get an Amen?


Amen Bro, fantastic work Ed!
ozark southpaw

Thanks Gents. I'm glad y'all like it !

Joe,yes,it will be staying here. I might even smoke it !

Sean,I'll let you off the hook as far as the second butt kickin' !

CE,not only did I manage to finish this but I worked on a tamper today using some of that Amboyna you sent me. So there !! Laughing Gotta go for an ultra sound tomorrow AM but hope to finish the tamper and maybe work on that punch board display after.
Tiki Vegas

That post was a fun read and so interesting--the design process. Great result, beautiful pipe.
ozark southpaw

Thank you !  Glad you enjoyed the post !
alsmith52

Great save
ozark southpaw

Thanks Al !
DocBrian

JE\(T+C)=P

Junk Ebuchon divided by talent plus creative process equals pipe.

I will be nominating Ed for a Nobel prize physics. Calling it the theorem of  pipe construction.
ozark southpaw

DocBrian wrote:
JE\(T+C)=P

Junk Ebuchon divided by talent plus creative process equals pipe.

I will be nominating Ed for a Nobel prize physics. Calling it the theorem of  pipe construction.


Laughing  Laughing  That me me laugh !! Thanks Brian !!
vwdeano

outstanding!
ozark southpaw

Thanks Dean !
Thelonious Monkfish

That came out real well, nice work turning that kindling into a tomato.
ozark southpaw

Thanks Monk !
TigerJack

ozark southpaw wrote:
Since I think of this thing as a tomato shape I wanted it red. Did some experiments with three different reds on a scrap piece I thought was from this pipe. Must not have been because the color didn't turn out like it was on the scrap. I used Fiebing Burgandy  and ended up with it looking like this.









That is a fine looking pipe sir well done, G'Day
ozark southpaw

Thanks Clint !
Steveaux

Why do you do this to me, Ed?

I WANT that pipe.
Dan

I'll be agreeing with Albert Smith. Great save.
ozark southpaw

Thanks Dan !
ozark southpaw

Steveaux wrote:
Why do you do this to me, Ed?

I WANT that pipe.


I've been lucky enough to get my hands on about half a dozen blocks from the factory. All but this one had the chamber and airway drilled and came with an acrylic stem.  I sold or gave away all of those,didn't keep any for myself and I want to have at least one pipe made from  wood that came from the factory--other than pipes the factory made !

I recently bought some of that briar that a former employee was selling on Ebay but they will not make a pipe like this-they are all on the small side and weren't given to me by friends.

I tend to be sentimental about gifts--even though I made it.
lifeon2

Dam Ed that is beautiful.
ozark southpaw

Thanks Rick !!
Steveaux

ozark southpaw wrote:
Steveaux wrote:
Why do you do this to me, Ed?

I WANT that pipe.


I've been lucky enough to get my hands on about half a dozen blocks from the factory. All but this one had the chamber and airway drilled and came with an acrylic stem.  I sold or gave away all of those,didn't keep any for myself and I want to have at least one pipe made from  wood that came from the factory--other than pipes the factory made !

I recently bought some of that briar that a former employee was selling on Ebay but they will not make a pipe like this-they are all on the small side and weren't given to me by friends.

I tend to be sentimental about gifts--even though I made it.


The word is "priceless".

Enjoy, Ed.

Very Happy
Oldbriar

Man you got the contrast in grains and colors spot on. One of the best I've seen you do! Congrats. If you don't like it you have my address. Very Happy

OB
ozark southpaw

Thanks OB ! I'll hang onto it for a while !
Dave G

Wow!

Well done sir. The cumberland infusion was a nice touch.
ozark southpaw

Thanks Dave !
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