So, a week or so ago I was looking at some of the "carve your own" pipe projects that many of you have completed, and my 15yr old son was looking with me. When we were finished he looked at me and said, "Dad, I want to carve you a pipe!". You have to understand that my son loves to whittle and carve stuff all the time, and he's pretty good at it.
I agreed and bought the briar blank below, as I've requested some sort of poker ;-)
It came in the mail from Pipesandcigars.com and you would have thought he'd gotten a new X-box game, lol. He's been working on it all day, and it's starting to come together. I've offered to help with some "power tools", but he declined saying that he wanted to use hand tools. My only complaint is that the blank was a little small which limited the design somewhat, but who cares really. I'll post some updates as they happen. It already looks different than the pics above ;-)
Okay, here's an update: I'm thinking I should have started a thread for this, mod's feel free to move these posts if you want.
He still had some clean up to do here, and he's been working on it quite a bit and here's where we are tonight.....
I decided to start a thread for the picture updates, so that I don't clog up any other threads. I'll keep posting updates on his progress. He's got to do some more touch up sanding around the shank and then do all the finish sanding before staining and waxing. Anyone know of good trustworthy places that I can pick up alcohol based stains and carnuba wax??
Also, we've turned this pipe into a sitter/poker, which is really what I wanted. However, the stem that pipesandcigars sent with this pipe is too heavy and pulls the pipe over. I'd like to try and find a smaller or lighter stem...any ideas or suggestions? Thanks