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Project by Bill Huffman posted 06-04-2020 06:51 PM 497 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a set of boxes that I made for my wife, ok one was for me, the one that holds the meerschaum pipe. I really like wood imperfections to show, I found some interesting knots and fissures and really like how it shows it off instead of hiding, covering, or discarding the piece of wood.

They are all Maple and Bubinga, with some small Ebony accents.

Finish is wipe on poly, and wax.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 06-04-2020 07:15 PM

Just as exciting as the ‘boxes’ are the stands – golly, a spectacular job of bringing imagination to reality Kudos my friend

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#2 posted 06-04-2020 07:23 PM

Awesome ideas and flawless execution. Beautiful doesnt quite go far enough as a descriptor.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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MrWolfe

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#3 posted 06-04-2020 07:35 PM

Very cool designs and love that you showcase the flaws/character of the woods. Gorgeous job and very whimsical. Winning combination!!!
Jon

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leafherder

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#4 posted 06-04-2020 07:35 PM

I don’t use this word often (or lightly) but it is quite appropriate here. Whimsical – the only word to describe these designs. Great job, these made me smile and marvel at your skill and imagination. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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oldrivers

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#5 posted 06-04-2020 07:44 PM

That is a Neat project. It is different and I like it, you did a great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Bill Huffman

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#6 posted 06-04-2020 08:03 PM

Thanks everyone, they were really fun to build.

Sort of a pain to find a spot for though…...if i’m completely honest.

I have rarely sold things as I am a hobbyist, so I have pretty much everything I have posted stuffed into spare room closets, the attic, hanging from the ceiling of my shop, anywhere I can find. No complaints but its hard to find spots for new things.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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Bill Huffman

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#7 posted 06-04-2020 08:14 PM

I am borrowing a really nice camera, and I am still figuring out lighting/exposure, so my apologies for the poor quality, but here they are with tops off.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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Woodknack

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#8 posted 06-04-2020 11:16 PM

I like these very much.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#9 posted 06-05-2020 12:21 PM

Bill,

These are wonderful pieces – truly magical! And if you run out of space, I’d be willing to help you out! Ha ha ha!

Did you carve the pipe as well? I don’t think I’ve carved a pipe in about 35 years… Might be time to revisit them again…

Mike

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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Bill Huffman

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#10 posted 06-05-2020 01:59 PM

Hi Mike,

nope, I got the pipe when I was in the army back in the early 80’s, but I do have a burl pipe blank from my cousin that I plan on diving into one day…(shhh…..Not a pipe smoker, I just love the pipe)

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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Ivan

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#11 posted 06-05-2020 05:19 PM

Pretty exciting boxes….realy cool and unique!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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mikeacg

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#12 posted 06-05-2020 05:20 PM

Bill,

I know what you mean. I like the smell of a pipe but never developed a taste for smoking one myself. I remember buying a pipe kit a couple months ago but then forgot all about it. However I did find this piece when i went looking for it! This is the last pipe I carved back in the early ‘80s… Never been used and it doesn’t look like the stem was ever buffed out. Not much for tools back then – mostly X-acto knives. Probably didnt even own a Foredom yet! Use to be able to buy briar blocks from a place called Constantine’s in New York. Can’t find them any more!

A fun trip down memory lane…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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Bill Huffman

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#13 posted 06-05-2020 08:24 PM

Thats really cool Mike! I want to do a Church Wardens pipe, and just buy the long stem.

I tried doing one with a long stem when I was watching the Lord of The Rings trilogy, (over, and over, and over…) and thought it would be fun on the shelf. Finished it but didn’t like how it came out, but yours is great! You should definitely finish it.

I have had some of the funnest builds after going back to a project many years later and finishing it.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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mikeacg

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#14 posted 06-05-2020 08:57 PM

Bill,

I think the kit I bought was a long stemmed round bowl. Reminded me of a Hobbit pipe. I got it on Amazon (I’ll look it up and send you the numbers…).
Ooops! I guess it was more than a few months ago! November of 2017 I bought a Churchwarden tobacco pipe pear wood for $19.99 – the comparable piece is now $29.99 (but you can get a finished Galdalf churchwarden for $27.99 and save yourself the trouble!). The kit is predrilled and bored so in essence it is a finished pipe internally but needs a finish on the outside. For $19.99 I figured it was the easiest way to get back to carving pipes but now that I have the dragon I guess I should spend a little time on it! And I now own a TurboCarver, I should be able to dial it is quick!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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Bill Huffman

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#15 posted 06-06-2020 01:53 AM

Hi Mike,

That sounds perfect, ill look at picking one up.

I also like the smell of pipe tobacco, I used to take a neighbors garbage out for a nickel when I was a kid. He was blind and really a crusty old guy, but he really appreciated all the kids in our apartment building taking out his garbage, he would yell and curse at neighbor adults while winking to us with a smirk, and he ALWAYS had his pipe going.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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