Pipe of The Golden Heart
Bowl: African blackwood
Mouthpiece: African blackwood
Stem: African blackwood, cocobolo, canary wood, bamboo
Here I inlay the golden heart, which will be hidden under a mussel shell inlay. The mussel shell is cut to size and sanded to fit on the disc sander. Sawdust is put into the inlay cavity to increase the bond of the glue and create a level surface for the shell to rest on.
“Hot Stuff” CA glue is spread onto the inlay with a bamboo stick, the glue is sucked into the joint and flows under the mussel shell, fixing the inlay in place.
The second part of the video shows various stages in the turning of the African blackwood mouthpiece.
Using a couple needle files to shape and smooth rough spots around the inlay work.
Notice the forward motion that is used with the file, and how the file is tilted with each stroke to smooth out the surface of the wood. Keeping the file at the same angle for too long during a stroke will create a visible indent in the wood that must be removed if a smooth surface finish is desired.
A silent video showing some work on the new pipe.