I haven't posted many re-stems on threaded forums lately, mostly because I'm doing the YouTube thing these days and most of the hobby's hardcore fixers look there now.
From time to time I get sent something that's unusual enough to be of "pipe interest," though, not just "repair interest." This is one of them.
Funny but true: Though popular with beginners and mid-level carvers, few of the world's top guys ever mess with a completely paneled pipe. The reason? They are technical perfectionists by definition, and while making a 100% coverage panel isn't difficult in and of itself, getting them absolutely spot-on everywhere is a time consuming nightmare. Jiggle one line, and the relationship of all the others must be adjusted to compensate. Not to mention using flat plane sections that demand perfectly flat surfaces to result in straight lines where they meet, and anyone being able to see variations from straight at a glance. It doesn't take a pipe expert to spot them.
You get the idea. If your reputation relies on balance and precision in execution and you want to make a fully paneled pipe, it will take two or three times longer than a normal one. But you can't sell it for that much more than a normal one. The net result? Uber grade panel pipes are as rare as hen's teeth.
Turns out it was Per who decided to flagellate himself with this lovely big billiard (a bit over 6" long and 2" tall). I've no idea why---maybe it was a commission?---but his loss (and sweat) was the PipeWorld's gain. It's one of the coolest pieces I've worked on in quite a while.
Judging by the patch on the original stem it was obviously one of its owner's favorite pipes as well. When the tenon finally snapped off, though, it was time for a completely new one.
Last Edit: Jul 22, 2019 22:54:16 GMT -5 by georged