I recently got commissioned to make a Morta Cetacean pipe by a mutual friend FOR a mutual friend. Looking for ways to add a little something extra to the project, I decided to photo the stages of the pipe’s construction and make a “Making of” comic-style story to be printed on photo-quality paper and accompany the gift. This way, the recipient not only gets a nice pipe, but also a couple of frameable pages detailing its creation, to decorate his smoking room with, if so desired. Now that the gift has arrived, I thought I’d also post the JPG pages here, for the entertainment of our readers. My only regret is that I didn’t think of this idea until I’d already started on this pipe, and done the bowl drilling and initial rough shaping. If I ever do this again, I’ll start the photos with the selection of the block and go from there.
I should point out, however, that this is the sort of extra that DOES cost extra, as it adds about two hours and a few pages of high quality paper and a bigger shipping box to a project… Just on the off chance that this post inspires a lot of people to write in wanting the same thing with their commissioned pipes!