"Hope is the thing with feathers" -Emily Dickinson.
This pipe was made out of some beautifully grained briar wood that almost looks like feathers on this little bird pipe. Its' mated stem is made of bakelite and is removable for thorough cleanings. This stem has also been fitted with a filter chamber so that you can insert the standard Dr. Grabow tobacco pipe filter for a cleaner smoke (can be found in almost all tobacconist stores). The bit used to create the bowl in this pipe was a hand shaped spade bit, modeled after the famous Peterson bowl shape. It will smoke evenly for about 45 minutes to an hour.
Overall Length -5.25"
Bowl Diameter -.75"
Bowl Depth -1.25"
Overall Height -2.5"
Every pipe has a story to it. This pipe's story is pretty personal for me.
I was engaged to my wife at the time and her room-mate was a really talented pastry chef. Somebody asked if we were going to have her make our wedding cakes so I asked how I could pay her. I was surprised when she said she had been wondering for a while if I could make a pipe in the shape of a sparrow for her. So I found some photos of sparrows that would work well as pipes, picked out a stem that would work with the shape and began to carve this little bird out of the briar. It turned out really good. Sparrow make a great pipe shape. Our friend the pastry chef was extremely generous and called it even. 3 wedding cakes for a smokable sparrow. Unbelievable.