Tuesday, March 19, 2013

DSH Pipes

It's been a while now since I've done a blog post. This is largely due to my working really hard on my website and, of course, on making pipes.

You can see the official website here: http://www.dshpipes.com

Over the last several months, I've had the opportunity to visit a few fantastic pipe makers, making friends and learning a lot in the process. I've also picked up my first retailer, www.pipesandcigars.com.

I've got to say that I'm honored to be featured at www.pipesandcigars.com and to have been invited to work with some fantastic American pipe makers.

I hope that you'll join the DSH Pipes newsletter to receive updates on new pipes and new events that I will be involved with. You can join the newsletter by navigating to www.dshpipes.com, scrolling down, and entering your e-mail address in the indicated cell.

The first year in this excursion has been thrilling, full of learning, and full of making new friends. I am so excited to see what the year to come has in store.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Instagram Followgram

I'm a frequent Instagram user because it's a great way to quickly share whatever I'm working on in the shop instantly and with flare. Well earlier today I was catching up via Followgram and noticed that they have a new feature where you can use a photo from your Instagram stream to shamelessly plug yourself and Instagram anywhere you like. I think this is a pretty cool and well executed idea, plus it gives me a chance to share a picture of the 4 pipes I'm working on right now. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Blowfish #2

Here's a little photo update on the pipe I'm working on now. It's getting pretty close to being done so I expect my next post to contain the finished pipe. No telling for sure, but one can hope!

I've included my photos from first shaping through shaped stem. All that's left now is hand sanding and finishing.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012


This one turned out pretty nice, except for the flaw on the left hand side. Because the pipe is so small, I didn't want to rusticate it for fear of breakage and I don't have a sand blaster, so this little one wound up smooth. It's a shame that the flaw is as big as it is.

Weight: 19.9g/0.7oz
Length: 4 3/4"
Width: 1 1/4"
Chamber depth: 1 1/4"
Chamber width: 3/4"
Stem material: Cumberland

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Shop Update

I've been away from the blog for a few weeks working on some upgrades to my shop. A very nice Baldor motor made its way in and power has been rerun to my lathe from a dedicated circuit. Very soon, I'll have my shaping set up complete with the Baldor at the helm and I'll have my process sped up 10 fold.

Expect shop update photos soon. Sorry to everyone for being away for so long! There are pipes in the works and I look forward to finishing up the few that are on the workbench.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Back and Forth

Ever have one one of those decisions to make that you teetered back and forth on? Both directions seem good at different times of the day or on different days if the question spans more than a few hours. Well, I'm caught in such a quandry.

Here's a pic of the current pipe that I'm working on.

Original photo posted here:

Updated photo to show the true profile of the stem:

I like the way that the pipe is shaping up, but I'm torn on the length of the stem. Sometimes, when I look at it, I think the stem is just right to give the pipe a compact, stubby tail sort of look. Other times, I look at the pipe and think, "Damn... if the stem were only a 1/4" longer..."

Now, it's possible that the stem will look fine once all is said and done. It's also possible that it is, in fact, too short and finishing the pipe with this stem will leave it in a state of unbalance.

What do you think?