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Gandalf's pipe olive wood edition by HouseOfLostPlay Gandalf's pipe olive wood edition by HouseOfLostPlay
For this one I used apulian olive wood for the bowl and durmast oak for the stem (with ebonite mouthpiece).
It has abalone stem alignment inlay dots on the back.

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nightserpent Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016
Love the olive grain!!  One of these days I'll have try to carving olive wood, I blame you for this!! ;)
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HouseOfLostPlay Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, that's great! One of my favourite woods. Some kind of olive woods have very pronounced veins (some times psychedelic); This one has soft veins, and they give to the piece an "ancient" look in my opinion! There are a lot of olive trees in the place where I live; do you manage to find olive wood?
By the way your last works in your gallery are amazing!
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
I haven't found any sources of olive wood, though I'm sure there's some online source.  Actually, I was inspired by how you source local wood, I am hoping to do the same with cherry, sugar maple, white cedar and butternut. Ideally I could cut and dry it by myself as well, it may take a couple years to get that happening.  I have a very nice mortal and pestle made of olive wood, it seems to have a much looser grain than on your pipe.  Oiling and waxing it brings out so much beauty!  It feels like it might be too hard for non-powered tools, would you agree?

Thanks for your kind words! :)  I am working on a new butternut carving and am quite excited!!
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