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Carving Strawberries
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ozark southpaw
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 6:13 pm    Post subject: Carving Strawberries  Reply with quote

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.



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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well now, I cannot wait to see these!
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Checked out the link for strawberry wood, thanks for posting, I found it interesting.
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting i cant wait to see the pipes.....well the poker actually Smile
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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 ...
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2016 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your usual fine work Ed!
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2016 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, that pipe looks good enough to eat ! G'Day


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