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    Blowfish Makeover

    This project was a bit of an unusual one for me. So, I thought Iíd post it here. Typically, Iím asked to address the effects of age or usage, but that wasnít the case here. The pipe that I was working with was new and unsmoked. The owner simply wasnít happy with the finish, which is completely understandable if you look at the photos below.

    This pipe is from a currently working maker and itís not my intention to disparage their work. So, I will not be mentioning them by name here and the stamping in the photos, both here and on the site, has been obscured. It was the best way I could think of to handle this unique and potentially delicate situation. I hope you understand.





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    My only instructions were to give the pipe a more professional finish. Other than that I had carte blanche to do what I felt best. The wasp-waisted shape was a pain to work with, It required some on-the-fly invention of new finishing tools and techniques, but the experience was worth it in the end.

    Below are the results.







    Please keep in mind that I was only asked to refinish the pipe (although that did require some minor reshaping to remove tooling marks and other inconsistencies). There are still obvious flaws, but these were beyond the scope of what I was asked to address.
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    Definitely a "richer" looking finish. It looks like you dealt with that small flaw on the front of the bowl. I must say, I also like that green/turquoise/black stem material.

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    Wonderful per usual Anthony, but unlike Dave, I'm having trouble wrapping my mind around that stem.
    I can resist anything but temptation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmcmtk View Post
    It looks like you dealt with that small flaw on the front of the bowl.
    That would fall into the "minor reshaping to remove tooling marks and other inconsistencies" category. Most of that, however, took place in the crevice of the wasp waist. The maker seemed to have backed himself into a corner with the basic shaping, and then didn't have the proper tools to finish it off. To be honest, I didn't either, but necessity is the mother of invention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockbass View Post
    Wonderful per usual Anthony, but unlike Dave, I'm having trouble wrapping my mind around that stem.
    It's twisty-turny, Thomas.

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    As you guys have probably noticed, I standardized the angles of my pipe work photos long ago. The shape and dimensions of this pipe really didn't play within those rules. So, here are a few 3/4 shots that might help you wrap your head around the shape...




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    Beautiful work. Plain Jane to Prom Queen.

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    A much nicer finish Anthony.

    As for the pipe design...I'm lost for words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottishgaucho View Post
    A much nicer finish Anthony.

    As for the pipe design...I'm lost for words.
    It's a sexual thang, Crawford. Best say nuthin' LOL

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