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Steve Laug
05-07-2012, 03:04
In the bottom of my box of pipes that I am finally getting down to I found this old timer. I have no idea who carved it or what for. The stem is clear and I can blow through it but the bowl so far is not. It is almost as if it has not been drilled all the way but not sure. Going to be working on it for awhile just because it is so strange. It is a very hard wood - not sure what kind. Any help would be good. The carving is of a dragon coiled around the pipe. The front of the pipe looks like the prow of a ship but not sure. Pretty interesting old pipe. I have cleaned the bowl and the outside. I think the previous owner used it for a candle holder as there was wax in the bowl. Have a look. Any ideas?

I was working through pipe stuff on Etsy and found pretty much an identical one for sale there for $34.50. Here is the link to it http://www.etsy.com/listing/97830943/vintage-tobacco-pipe-to-use-in-your?ref=sr_gallery_9&ga_search_query=Tobacco+pipes&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_page=1&ga_search_type=vintage

And here is the one I have:

05-07-2012, 04:31
Very neat -- I can't even see where the stem separates!

ol gto
05-07-2012, 09:00
Beautiful pipe!

05-07-2012, 12:15
Very unique pipe Steve, I like that.

05-07-2012, 17:26
Wow, wish I had even half the talent to carve up something like that :) !

05-07-2012, 19:31
Lovely all wood pipe Steve. Could it possibly be cherry? The color looks like a mix of heart and outer wood.
Can I see a pic of the connector? As I'm just getting into this, I'm intrigued.
I'd love to know how the curved stem was drilled....expect it's from both ends.
Do I see a crack across the top of the bowl/shank area? That would be a shame!

Hope you get the bowl opened. Be a shame to relegate this to a display shelf somewhere...............

Steve Laug
05-07-2012, 21:05
Ted, the wood seems a lot harder than Cherry and appears almost like Manzanita or something similar in terms of colour. I will take a pic of the connector. It is a threaded metal screw that is hollow and screws into the bowl and the stem. I have been looking at the drilling and it is pretty hard to say how it was done. And yes there is a crack - not very deep but nonetheless present. I filled it with superglue and have sanded it a bit. But it is still visible. I think I am going to drill the bowl a bit deeper to get to the place where I can connect the shank airway. It is not very deep and the hole in the bottom of the bowl is about a 1/4 inch or more deep and does not seem to connect to the airway.