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Dragon Scale Briar pipe | Hand-carved
Smaug the Briar!
Okay it’s storytime… sorry…
Not too long ago, I was engrossed in a podcast with @mattfradd (Pints w/ Aquinas), which sparked a wave of childhood memories. The podcast delved into the world of tobacco pipe smoking, a topic that instantly transported me back in time. I vividly recall, as a child, the sweet smell of aromatic tobacco wafting from the pipes of elder family members and friends at social gatherings. Though I don’t smoke, I still love the smell of raw tobacco and the pleasant aroma of a tobacco-filled pipe. But now, a renewed curiosity led me to purchase a Bones series pipe from @morganpipes . This utilitarian pipe may not boast the elegance of a finished pipe, but its functionality appealed to me. However, in typical creative fashion, I saw further potential and couldn't resist. Inspiration struck from the podcast and the legendary books of J.R.R. Tolkien's, "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit.” (Interesting note, Tolkien himself was also pipe smoking enthusiast) The raw texture of the Bones pipe and envisioned smoke from the chamber reminded me of the infamous dragon, Smaug, from "The Hobbit." Armed with my imagination, a rotary tool and an X-Acto blade set, I ventured into my first-ever wood carving experience, meticulously shaping each dragon scale into the briar wood stummel. For the finishing touch I hand applied a rustic stain to highlight the intricacies of the carving. Lastly, a natural wax was applied for protection and added depth. I thoroughly enjoyed crafting this piece. Cheers!