Turning a hickory tenon to join the bull horn to the African blackwood cane handle.

I also laid out some materials to get a sense of how it will all come together… Looking good!  

It’s a pipe, it’s a cane, no….it’s a pipecane! 

Pipe of the Enchanted Forest

This is the first time I have experimented with resin casting lichens into a pipe. I think it turned out awesome! The deep inlay helps to give the piece much more dimension. 

With this design, I chose to hand shape most of the pieces after they came off the lathe. The subtle unevenness helps to give the pipe a more natural feel in the hand. Sometimes perfect circles can feel a bit too sterile. 

More details can be seen here.

Case details for the Pipe of the Enchanted Forest. 

I’ve been working on some workbench tops for the new shop.

I was amazed to find curly maple hiding under the shoddy varnish and stain that this desk came with. I picked it up a few years ago for $10.. Looking at it closer now… it seems to have solid cherry and beech drawers! I guess I’ll have to go ahead and remove the finish from the entire thing now…

II’ll also be making a benchtop for a more traditional woodworking bench. The lumber was reclaimed from my grandfathers old workbench. Some of the pieces still have his name stenciled on, which I’ll be preserving. 

Seeing the wood emerge from under the layers of grime and paint was a really great feeling!

Got a chance to use my tiny milling machine to cut the recess for the brass hinge.

The stem was accented with some Cladonia cristatella lichens. They were inlaid into the wood and cast in clear epoxy. 

The bottom half of the bowl is refined from the rough block. 

An African blackwood inner bowl will be nestled inside, and a matching lid will complete the top. 

This piece of burl wood really came out nice, the grain pattern is amazing! 

Breaking open a cherry tree burl for bowl material. 

Making some bamboo charcoal samples to test out a new concept vaporizing pipe I am working on. This charcoal is very quick to light, burns hot, and burns very clean with absolutely no additional smoke or flavour. 

The final image in the set compares three different bamboo samples. The sample on the left was created over a hot flame. The middle sample was over medium hot embers. And the sample on the right was buried in dying embers. 

The sample on the left and middle burns clean. The sample on the right burns with an odor due to incomplete conversion to pure carbon. 

Inch by Inch, the walls start to go up.