This is a discussion on McCarter Pipes within the Pipe Retailer Forum forums, part of the Pipe Smokers Forums category; Added a couple straight pipes to my site ( McCarter Pipes ).
Both have nice grains and clean forms.
Sorry for bumping my own thread!
But I managed some better pics this evening. . .wanted to post them directly via photobucket b/c I think they serve as a cool example of what "Cross Grain" and "Flame Grain" look like from underneath. A maker's-eye perspective, if you will. Or maybe a Briar's-eye.
Anywho, here's the bottom of a true flame-grain (where the birdseye run into flame patterns, starting from a singular point in the briar):
And here's what a similar block of briar looks like, cut/shaped 90 degrees perpendicular:
Been a busy few weeks: Shaped a couple that went straight to buyers--so no pics unless they post them, sorry!
But I do have a couple new pipes that should make it online this weekend. Including the pipe shown below. . .started with an oddly cut block of briar, so I let the form adhere to the briar and focused on turning the Acrylic stem to best suit the shape.
The profile view (1 piece stem, acrylic w/ briar inlay)
and, the birdseye underside
Thanks again to the Puff community!
Still having a great time with the pipe-making, and it's truly only possible because of your feedback and support.
Thats so stunning, I love the stem with the inlay, I gotta learn to work that.
The stem inlays aren't difficult, per se, but they can be (very) time consuming.
I love the clean briar (and other wood) inlays because, like unfinished pipes, they'll color over time. I like to imagine a pipe of mine in 2050, with deep grains coloring the inlay and barely any color change on the stem/bowl.
Send me a PM anytime if you want to talk pipes and inlays!