• Pete' Rustication Pictorial

    Some time ago I was asked if I would do a step-by-step run down on my own rustication process, so I rusticated what was my own Peterson bent bowl for this purpose.

    So before we get going, let's see what the process will do to the bowl of the pipe:



    Right so, onto the process then. :)

    The pipes bowl, the two chisels I use, my crappy pencil and the knife I use to perma-line the boundaries for the areas to be rusticated



    Here we mark the rustication boundaries in pencil







    Here we perma-mark the boundaries using a sharp knife to scratch out the lines








    Notched out the shank boundary lines



    Here's me notching the bowl rim boundaries



    Notched the bowl rim boundary



    Here I have started notching the bowl top



    Here's the bowl top notched



    Start of the base boundary notches



    The base boundary notches are now done



    This is where we are so far, getting there.




    Start to notching the bowl rim edge



    Finished notching the bowl rim edge



    Here I have now notched the bowl top rim



    Notching the bulk of the base interior



    Here I have notched out the bulk of the bowl top rim interior





    Here I have notched the remainder of the base interior



    Here I am starting to remove the remaining surface finish with 180 wet and dry




    Here the remaining finish is now removed, note I have made sure it looks distressed



    Here I have now sanded the bowl smooth using 400, 600, 1200 wet and dry sand paper, note the effect is looking distressed



    Here I have applied a dark brown stain, note it is a full and generous application



    Here I have applied a dark red stain, again note the fullness of the coating



    Now I have applied the final stain, a mid-brown, coverage is not so important with this one, a quick cover would do but I have opted for a full and generous application.



    Now I have given the bowl an alcohol rub-down using a clean cloth and ISO, note I have almost wiped the stains away, but only 'almost'



    I have now applied 2 very generous applications of Tripoli using the buffer wheels, this stage is vital to the finish of the bowl



    This is after I have brutalised the bowl on the buffer wheels to remove some staining to distress the bowl further




    Here I have used White Diamond on the buffer wheels to remove the Tripoli much and shine the surface a little before the wax



    Here I have applied the first coat of wax and carnauba




    All done now, here is the final bowl re-attached to its polished stem.