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A carving resembling the Banksia seed found in Australia
Victory a Collection of free hand shapes that does not fall into my other categories.
Klou (Eagles claw) I wanted to make the claw as reallistic as possible, and it was great fun. The carving took ages, but was well worth it. Despite the akwardness of the pipe, it is very comfortable to hold, both in the mouth and the hand.
Fokker The idea was to defy logic. Great fun to carve, and I used a piece of Plateaux Bruyere. Despite its size, this pipe is as light as a feather. Smoking it would be an absolute pleasure, for the outside of the pipe is hardly touching its core. This is the second one to date. It has more holes for trapping air than a politician!
Up in the northern parts of our country, people tend to live closer to nature. There lived a farmer who was a total alcoholic. One night he was so drunk, that he decided toe steal a lion cub from his mother. He raised this cub by hand, and it accompanied him wherever he went, and also to the local pub. This caused some straightforward fear, especially when there were tourists... Now, this one night he started drinking around the start of the rugby game, and left for the pub on his own... Late that night when he came home, he saw that his lion was eating his studd bull. He became so furious that he decided to give the lion a beating with his whip. Every time he hit him, the lion snarled and attacked him, but bloody and furious he kept on beating the poor animal. The lion did not let go of his kill, and the farmer, furious and drunk, decided to shoot it. Fighting the furious animal off, he made it to his pickup, and drove back to the farmstead. He rushed inside, and went to the side of his bed where he stores his riffle, when he saw peacefully asleep, his wife and his tame lion...
Needless to say he stopped drinking right away... Now ladies and gentleman, this is that lion...
This pipe reminds me of the carvings at the front of the old sail ships. Some say it is the devil in the childrens Bible, and some say it is outright weird, it is something would`nt you say? The pipe will take a 6mm filter.
Made me think back of the time at Rooikops shooting range, picked up many a garnet in those days...
A truly nice sculpted pipe, it originated from one of the pipes van Gogh painted(he painted 19 different shapes) and I modified it from the standard shape which I called Boer.
Black Ivory(dalbergia menoloxolyn)
A magnificent wood, no burning in required. extremely hard, but absolutely beautiful. The true three dimensional look of this wood can never be captured on film. It has the same effect as tigers eye in sunlight, playing with color... I grouped all of them together.
A design I started from the square block, then drawing it from the bottom up. the balance is impeccable.. It just made sense to make this pipe upside down first. The neck is ertalyte, the mouthpiece handcut ebonite from Germany. This pipe has one of the best grains I have ever worked with...
A very thick bowled pipe with a beautiful grain. Probably the closest thing to a Danish freehand shape ever. Beautiful flower growth on top of the bowl.
A thick bowl and shallow tobacco chamber make this pipe a very comfortable smoker, thick walls insulate against the heat, and the detail in the neck looks like little fins. This shape originated from the well known Danish free hand, and can be ordered in medium bent too.
( Danish Free hand)
A thick bowl and shallow tobacco chamber make this pipe a very comfortable smoker, thick walls insulate against the heat. This shape originated from the well known Danish free hand, and can be ordered in medium bent too. This one is medium sized. The long bamboo stem gives an extremely cool smoke.
This is one of my earlier designs, I wanted to capture the essence of a sea shell. This shape is wonderful to smoke, for you carve at least a third of the weight away, and with the grooves you create a much bigger surface than what there was. There is forced airflow between your hand and the bowl too.
This was one of those I wanna play moments, and it came out very nice. The idea was to get as abstract as possible, and the add some organicness to it. The eye is on this side, and on the other is a very intricate carving. It took long to make, but it is one of a kind.
This pipe is one of my latest high definition pipes. I saw the demand for unique pipes grow and decided to sculpt a few of them, and by far this one seems to be the most popular. It is based on a Danish free hand shape, the leaves of the tree is natural flower growth.
I made a few of these over the years, and I still remember the first one in Pretoria around 1994. I made that one a short and stubby looking pipe. Lately I am strugling to decide on the right name for them. The original idea was to carve a well known piece of mountain called Besemkop just outside of Calitzdorp. One is owned by old President Thabo Mbeki. The bottom normally has very nice flower growth, but on this one I made it flat. I used Plateaux Bruyere for making it. The second one has a very nice grain, and is smooth on the sides with flower growth.
This pipe was made with one thing in mind, getting as close to fullfilment as possible! lovely to hold if you are a right handed smoker....
A very unique shape, and it looks like the horn of a ram. The shape is difficult to make, and deffinitely one of the lightest in weight. Constant airflow is guaranteed between the hand and bowl, and it would be much lighter in the mouth too. The grooves gives it a much bigger surface, and all or this would give the best smoke you could possibly imagine.
Do visit this page again, for I will make more free-hands as soon as possible