How It Started

How It Started

These two olive wood pipes were my first pipes ever. I made them using pre-drilled kit blocks, from Vermont Freehand, with pre-made ebonite stems. I wasn’t fully tooled up for pipe crafting yet so all the shaping was done with hand tools.

I knew little to nothing about pipe smoking when I made these, much less the wood craft of pipe making.

Yin was the first, and with a bit of beginner’s luck it came out reasonably well with an almost symmetrical bowl and shank.

Having such wild success on Yin, my (over)confidence was very high starting on Yang.

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