Thanks to a fellow patch member I have two semi carved billiards to play with. The first one, not so good the shank cracked twice so it is on hold awaiting a cap. This one was carved with guidance from pipe makers. Its far from perfect, but I think it's a nice little mini billiard, and I learned a lot about the shape doing it. As you can see there was a pretty major flaw in the briar. I think its still useable, but I really didn't care I was just practicing my lines.
I hope to be half as good as my dog believes me to be.
I have been studying Billiards since the pipe makers forum suggested I use that. However, this one came to me drilled and semi carved. I would rather have had a different stem as well, but its what it had. The bowl was oval with nearly half an inch of material on the for and aft ends while the sides were right over 1/4. Some of the refinement is a direct result of the suggestion on the makers forum.
Thought since I am posting for critique as much as to show off I'd give the topside view. As you can see, the shape isn't symmetrical, I took a bit much off the front. I am extremely happy with the stain, its my first attempt to contrast.
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