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Briar Spirit
09-18-2013, 10:55
(this doesn't really belong here but it doesn't belong in restoration either, I've put it here as it doesn't really belong in the other forums and seems best suited here)

Some time ago now I was very fortunate to receive a fantastic belated Birthday gift from a good friend, you will all know him, Paul Hubartt (Larrysson Pipes), Paul had sent me a partially completed pipe for me to work on completing.

This is to get me prepared for working on a full pipe blank. I am very honoured that Paul has done this for me, he has pretty much made a pipe but has yet to clean off the rough edges, what a fantastic and wonderfully thoughtful present, thank you so very much Paul, I am really enjoying finishing off this pipe.

Well, this is where Paul got the pipe for me to finish off, as you can see he has done all the really hard work already and provided a couple of clear guidelines for what to do to bring the pipe into form.











Briar Spirit
09-18-2013, 10:56
I spent a couple of hours working on finishing this pipe, I filed off some of the rougher stem surface, that was interesting, I have never worked on an acrylic stem before, they are much more resilient than Ebonite.

Which is good really as it's much harder to make careless mistakes, but, my eagerness to get on with the Briar won out and I put a stop to working on the stem and got to work on the Briar.

I removed the most of the Briar as marked out by the pencil lines seen on the Briar surface, these markings were made by Paul to guide me as to where to go next.

I didn't follow the lines religiously as they would have meant losing too much of the Plateau on the front heel, it's only a small Plateau to begin with so I didn't want to lose any of it.

I have made a start on making the bowl a free-stand by making a flat base, that took more filing than I suspected, Briar is really light and feels quite fragile in the hand but boy is it resilient.

I started work on the shank to round it off more and to fit nice and snug with the stem, that went quite well I thought, I'm really enjoying doing this, I thought it would be interesting to work on a pipe but it is in fact really engaging, much more so than I would have guessed.

I have got to work on smoothing off the sides of the bowl and we can now clearly see the to be final shape of the bowl now, it still has a long way to go but we can see what is coming, I am very excited at this point and eager to see the pipes progress.





Briar Spirit
09-18-2013, 10:56
Finished the filing and the sanding, ready for staining and polishing.






Briar Spirit
09-18-2013, 10:56
Here is the pipe all finished.






Briar Spirit
09-18-2013, 10:57
I ended up changing the dye on the pipe to show the grain better, it is damn gorgeous grain, so here's how it looks now:







This pipe now belongs to a dear friend of mine who I did a trade with for it, sadly I have lost contact with Jimmy, I do miss him so dearly, he is such a lovely man.

Peter Piper
09-18-2013, 11:22
That is wonderful Kirk, I think that you did absolutely the right thing in lightening it up a bit, it definitely looks better that way.

Briar Spirit
09-18-2013, 11:26
Actually I very much used to prefer darker stains, but these days I much prefer the lighter stains, it does look much nicer with the light stain doesn't it. :)

Peter Piper
09-18-2013, 11:30
Horses for courses bud, as you observed yourself the lighter finish lets the grain shine through, I think it's nicer, deffo. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-basic/smile.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)

09-18-2013, 12:47
Beautiful job, Kirk! You definitely have a way of bringing the best out of a bit of briar.

09-18-2013, 12:55
You certainly have an eye for proportion. Beautiful work, Kirk.

09-18-2013, 15:26
Not only are you good at this, Kirk, you're CONSISTENTLY good at it-- a much harder state to achieve. That's a very cool pipe!

Brooklin Bill
09-18-2013, 15:28
Yep it is super

ozark southpaw
09-18-2013, 16:15
Very nice!! Love that Tortoise shell stem. I've used it in three pipes so far. I find vulcanite easier to work though.

Peter Piper
09-18-2013, 16:24
Ozark, as a non-expert I presume that vulcanite is just that little bit softer and more malleable?

09-18-2013, 18:14
Very nice work! I agree with Ozark, I really like that stem.

Wyatt James
09-19-2013, 18:43
Wow Kirk! Amazing

Briar Spirit
09-20-2013, 09:33
Thanks for the really kind replies, I am truly humbled by your generous praise but I must stress that this pipe was pretty much finished when Paul sent it to me, I just finished the shaping of the stummel and stem and stained it really.

Ozark, as a non-expert I presume that vulcanite is just that little bit softer and more malleable?

Ebonite (Vulcanite) is a form of rubber Chiz and given enough time degrades nastily and can result in a most unpleasant smoking experience, Acrylic is a plastic resin and although it also degrades it does so at a vastly reduced rate, an Acrylic stem will become brittle and break a very very long time before it starts to release the rather more obnoxious chemicals as you get from Ebonite, but that wont be for a very looooong time.

Ebonite is very much a softer material and is also a great deal less expensive to acquire, it is work with relative ease and can be readily shaped with very little bother. Acrylic is an entirely different beast in these arenas, it is substantially harder to work, is a lot more costly to source and is a chore and a half to bend for pipes. Many folk state categorically that they really don't like Acrylic stems because they are hard going on the gnashers, this is true if the button isn't formed well and the stem at the button isn't flat enough to grant a comfortable grip. On the other side of the coin, most folk once they 'get' the benefits of Acrylic stems find themselves gravitating away from Ebonite, not all of course.

I myself used to swear blind Acrylic stems were the devils work and should be avoided at all costs, until I actually owned a pipe with an Acrylic stem, I'm in the camp of 'getting' the benefits of Acrylic now. :friends:

09-20-2013, 11:49
I like a good acrylic stem too, Kirk, though as a relative pauper who routinely buys estate pipes, I take what I can get. They can be a bit hard on the old choppers, but since I stick softie bite guards on nearly all my pipes, the difference doesn't bother me.

Steve Laug
09-22-2013, 16:51
Nice work on that Kirk.

09-29-2013, 21:24
Beautiful work! I love the shape and proportions and the color.
Now.....go for it and try some from scratch.
You can do it and I hope to see more.

Briar Spirit
09-29-2013, 22:14
Thank you sonpuff, have a look here chap: http://briarspiritpipes.byethost13.com/ :good: All made by hand chap.