We can rebuild him

Another trip down memory lane with another 1998 pipe donation needing some work.  This pipe, which I informally dubbed the Marlowe after a certain PI, was one of the most difficult things I’d tried at the time, though looking at it now it’s a terribly clunky thing – To my Read more…

Making a freehand

This is going to be a long post, but I’ll try to keep the words to a minimum and let the photos do most of the talking.  Basically, this is how I make a freehand, and when I say “freehand”, I mean a pipe with no advance planning as far Read more…

Designing Halloween

Making one-of-a-kind pipes is not like designing repeatable shapes, where the design time is spread over many iterations and paid back piecemeal.  With a one-of-a-kind, the design cost is a direct part of the total cost, and sometimes it can be a large chunk of the total creation time.  I Read more…

Composing vs Performing

I do a lot of very varied work in pipes – It helps keep me sane and enthused about what I’m doing, which can get a bit repetitive when you’ve been doing it this many years.  The divergent ways that I will approach a project are as fundamentally different as Read more…