Arriving at the finished bowl lid. 

For the swivel hinge, I went with a simple copper connector pin. This can be adjusted if it wears over time with a few hammer blows to the top of the pin. 

Pictured here is a little test that I made to check the tolerances between my materials. At this scale, you can measure your drill bits and pins down to a thousands of an inch and still come out with a hole that doesn’t perfectly match.. The only way to know how it’s going to fit is so go ahead and do some tests.

The cane-pipe is really starting to take shape now. The bamboo stem was further darkened in the oven, then drilled and straightened to receive a stainless steel tube. This tube will make the pipe easier to clean and also add more strength to the stem. 

The upper portion of the cane was drilled and shaped. Most of the pieces remain in the rough, but when they are eventually joined, the final shaping, carving, and hand sanding will bring everything together. 

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!