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ozark southpaw

My First Olive Wood.







I started this thing probably 6 months ago,finally finished it a few days ago. Don't know yet why I did. It should have been tossed in the fireplace for a couple of reasons .
First off,it is drilled off center. On top of that there is a nice little spiral groove in the bottom of the chamber caused by a pipe cleaner. I drill the mortise and airway first using my drill press. After turning the block so the chamber can be drilled I stick a pipe cleaner in the airway. When the chamber bit gets deep enough to touch that pipe cleaner the cleaner will jiggle telling me I'm about where I need to be.
This time the bit decided to eat the pipe cleaner causing that spiral groove.  



That was when I should have chucked it into the kindling box, but being either a glutton for punishment,hard headed or just plain stupid I decided to go ahead and make a stem for it,which is where the third strike occurred !!
While shaping the saddle I got a bit heavy handed with the file and almost got into the delrin tenon,which should have been smaller and probably not so deep into the stem !!




 The block was bought from Steve Norse but the little ring on the stem is made from a Bethlehem Olive pen blank which has much better color and figure.
 I'm gonna pack this one up and send it to my oldest daughter. Figure she might like to have something made by her dear old daddy--and won't mind that it is a reject!

I think I need to adjust the date on my camera !
Thelonious Monkfish

I'd smoke it, reject or not it's nice.
ozark southpaw

Thelonious Monkfish wrote:
I'd smoke it, reject or not it's nice.


Thanks Monk ! It is definitely smokeable, and should smoke fine.it's just not sellable!   Mad
pwoodard

Well Ed for all you troubles it is a beautiful pipe.  I am sure your daughter will think so too.
Kentuck

Sure is a pretty thing. I think it would have been saleable if the minor defects were explained.
pipesbywhitney

Beautiful use of the grain in both the pipe and the pipe holder, Ed. Your daughter will be proud of it ... nice gesture!
Oldredbeard

It certainly turned out to be a beautiful pipe, even with the problems. I bet she'll be as proud of it as any.
JoeMan

I agree...flaws and all...lovely.
ozark southpaw

Thanks guys !
Steveaux

Ed, I can't let you live with such a travesty.

Send it to me. I'll make sure no one ever sees it again.

Wink

It's a beauty.
WayneD

That is just one beautiful pipe and I love the matching pipe stand. That is just a way cool set. Warts and all, she is still a real looker. The stem/band really compliments the olive wood.
Oldbriar

Ed let me take some of your pain from you my friend. Just send it here and forget it! Smile

I think it looks great.

OB
Drifter-MT

Thelonious Monkfish wrote:
I'd smoke it, reject or not it's nice.


Oh yeah, me too!  Love the stand as well Ed!
C.E. Purdy

Ed, I understand where you're coming from about selling it.....we only want our best work out there.  On the other hand, I think you're being a little hard on yourself.  There is some mighty fine work there!  

I think I may petition Websters to add your picture beside the word "Perfectionist"!   (and probably "hard headed" as well  Laughing )
TigerJack

Very nice looking pipe Ed flaws or not it is still a great looking pipe & I have had pipes in the past that weren't drilled center but they still smoked great , anyway I'm sure she will be very proud of it sir , G'Day
ozark southpaw

I appreciate the offers to relieve my pain gents!    Laughing

Carl,while I strive for perfection, I find it is usually just out of reach !

Sad

Jim,the stand and pipe were cut from the same block, but y'all probably figured that out.

Tigerjack, I agree ! For the most part that hole does not know where it's at!!  I have two pipes, a Hillcrest and one of my early Mulberry pipes that are drilled even further off center and the both smoke great. Even one that is drilled high can give a good smoke. It may get a bit wet and leave more dottle,but I don't smoke 'em that far down anyway.
But--,most folks looking for a handmade pipe will not take a second look at one that has the problems this one has.
TigerJack

As far as a pipe being drilled high, I use Durhams Rock Hard Water Putty , It is toxic free & works a treat for pipe mud to fix a pipe that is drilled a bit high, I have found that most full bent pipes tend to be drilled a tad high & I always use a bit of the putty to fix this problem, it gets very hard if you let it cure for a couple days, I always mix it a tad wet so I can pour just the right amount in the bowl and prop it somewhere to cure for 2 or 3 days, This putty works better than any I have ever tried .  G'Day Gents
JoeMan

I don't have an olive...and have wanted to find the right one for a while.  I hit Ed up to ask if the daughter / keepsake thing was on yet...it's not...and she's anti-smoking to boot.  No hatin' now...but since I sold off a bunch of pipes in Raleigh last week...I made him an offer he couldn't refuse, and it'll be on it's want to Greenville next week.  Smile  Ed's first olive...my first olive.  I like the sound of that.

Thelonious Monkfish

Well congratulations to both of you then, still need to get myself an Olive wood.
ol gto

Beautiful pipe Ed, congrats Joe!  I must admit I was thinking like Joe, however he acted much quicker than I.
PA_JP30

Beautiful pipe! I love the stem!
ozark southpaw

Thanks Juan !
Sean

How I am just now seeing this?!? Awesome work Ed!!
ozark southpaw

Thanks Sean ! Wake up !!  Laughing
Spadefan

The olive wood is really pretty
Nice looking pipe
Does the olive wood impart any flavor to the smoke ?
How does it go with a martini ?
ozark southpaw

Spadefan wrote:
The olive wood is really pretty
Nice looking pipe
Does the olive wood impart any flavor to the smoke ?
How does it go with a martini ?


Thanks ! Can't answer your questions. I've never smoked a new Olive pipe and I don't drink martinis !  Laughing
Troy_nov1965

Very nice Ed! Its a honey of a pipe.

Since you wont sale it how about i trade you a Lark for it......you KNOW you want a Lark. Smile
ozark southpaw

Troy_nov1965 wrote:
Very nice Ed! Its a honey of a pipe.

Since you wont sale it how about i trade you a Lark for it......you KNOW you want a Lark. Smile


Well,that's tempting Troy but I did sell it ! See Joe's post on page 2. He begged me out of it and I sent my daughter a different pipe and a stand for it.
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