Where pipes and donuts collide...
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09 September 2010

Where pipes and donuts collide...
 Exploring the finer points of donut aesthetics...

At times, Adam demonstrates a brilliance that far surpasses my wildest expectations. Recently, he's been making homemade (or, I guess, office made) donuts in our office kitchen. Who, my dear reader, other than Adam, would think that a) bringing a massive cast iron wok to work, and b) frying donuts in it, would be a normal thing to do at ones job. Granted, this is not a work environment devoid of eccentricities, not least of which are my own, but Adam is the current champion of office eccentricity. It's a good eccentricity, however.

Today, I happened to be in the kitchen when he was frying up another batch. Somehow we got talking about making pipe-shaped donuts. I took first crack at this and my pipe-shaped donut looked like, er, not a pipe. Let's just say that it has been safely eaten and will not be photographed. Let's also suggest that, were it presented on broadcast television, the FCC would likely fine me. Adam's, as one might expect from a pipe maker of his caliber, was rather impressive. It even had a chamber, though no draft hole. One of the most talked about aspects of sandblasting among pipe makers is the trade off of shape integrity and sandblast depth. Well, those pipe makers should try shaping in dough and deep frying; that'll seriously screw up your shape's lines...

Having crafted this magnificent shape, Brian walked in and immediately recognized the pipe-donut for what it was: an interpretation of Alex Florov's Callalily. Now, while it is generally common for pipe makers to borrow ideas from each other, it is less common to render each others work in deep-fried biscuit dough.

Of course, this also gives a whole new meaning to "Fresh pipes served daily". Suffice it to say that, our tagline notwithstanding, there will not be a baked (er, fried) goods section on the website, pipe shaped or otherwise...

Posted by sykes at 6:02 PM | Link | 3 comments

Re: Where pipes and donuts collide...

Posted by John Goldberg on September 9, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Re: Where pipes and donuts collide...
hey! new pipe shape on the chart - how about "Breaded Shrimp"?

Posted by geordie on September 10, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Re: Where pipes and donuts collide...

I think they'd be pretty icky by the time we got them to Richmond. And I think the hotel might take issue to us bringing an electric burner and wok full of hot vegetable oil to the show...sadly, there are some limits to even what Smokingpipes.com will do at a pipe show...

Posted by sykes on September 12, 2010 at 1:36 PM

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