It's hard to believe that I've never made a traditional canadian before, eh? Something about this block pretty much demanded that I make one, however, so I decided to give it a shot. At first I wasn't sure how I was going to make the oval shank, but everything pretty much worked out the way it should. I did deviate from "normal" construction techniques for this, and used a stainless steel tenon instead of cutting an integral cumberland tenon on the stem. I got a little stage fright about the thinness of the walls of the shank, and I didn't want to make the cumberland tenon walls too thin either, so I use the same stuff I use on bamboo-shanked pipes. Now, no fear!
To compliment the color of the cumberland I mixed up a rather convuluted and complicated staining that hovers right around the same color of the cumberland. It's a reddish, organge, with a dark black contrast that's very subtle. It's also holy hell to try and photograph! I must have taken a good 50 pictures of this pipe just trying to capture the subtlety. I really started to feel like I lost all my picture-taking mojo. In the end I'm not sure I was able to capture it all, but I decided to cut my losses and work on technique with my new photo booth later on.
And I should note a word of warning. It should be obvious from the specs below that the stem is THIN, but I feel like I should reiterate that. It's important not to chew this stem....
Length: 5.25" (13.3cm)
Height: 1.75" (4.4cm)
Chamber Diamter: .75" (1.9cm)
Chamber Depth: 1.5" (3.8cm)
Stem Material: hand cut cumberland
Bit Thickness: .12" (3.1mm)
Airway Diameter: 5/32" (3.9mm)
Weight: 1.1oz (30g)
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