Ted Makes A Pipe
I've been pestering Adam to give me a shot at pipe making for weeks. Sure, I got to see it first hand back in September, but I wanted to get my hands dirty this time. So we got a pipe kit not too long ago and started planning out the details for such an adventure. This Saturday we sent our wives out Christmas shopping and spent a few hours in his shop. Of course, we spent the first and last thirty minutes of our time together completely idle, sitting around smoking.
Adam quipped a few times that the whole process of making pipes is harder than it looks. Now, while I certainly never claimed that pipe making was easy, it proved to be as difficult as he had suggested. While shaping and sanding and chiseling I felt awkward and out of my element, like a dancer with atrophied muscles and amnesia. Of course, Adam helped me quite a bit (when the pipe is finished I will hardly be able to call it ‘my own’), and as I watched him I realized how efficiently he moved, how he seemed to streamline his every wrist motion and how every movement appeared articulately rehearsed.
We had some good times hanging out making a pipe. Adam took a few pictures to document the occasion. Soon we’ll work out the stem; something I’m to understand is very tricky. When all is said and done, this will likely be my favorite pipe!