Below are samples of pipes previously carved by Dr Bob.
This was a fun project to do for the KC pipe carvers contest held yearly. So here is the pipe! The bowl and shank are done in Dr Bob rustication with a dark brown stain and the smooth top of the bowl provides an attractive contrast. The hand bit is ebonite and sweeps gently down to the button. This pipe is for the classic billiard collector
The bowl and shank are stained in British tan. The Dr Bob rusticated bowl flows nicely into a smoth shank which has nice straight grain. A white acrylic accent ring provides an appealing contrast with the SEM ebonite hand cut stem with beautiful honey and black marbling. The flow of the bowl to the stem is perfect. The tobacco chamber is coated for easy break in.
I love Charatan pipes and love the ultra graceful cup and saucer shape. So I decided to do a hawk bill and saucer (dubbed hawk and saucer) which was previously sold. This second one is in Dr Bob Rustication and finished in a natural stain. The lines are graceful. The stem is hand cut black ebonite. The bottom of the pipe has very nice bird eye so I left the finish smooth, making a nice contrast with the rustication. Similarly the top rim of the bowl is smooth. The hand and mouth feel are great and the pipe has surprising lightness in weight.
For you morta lovers, here is a handsome ultra light small billiard in black stain. The tapered handcut acrylic stem is pale yellow in color with some white streaks and provides an attractive contrast with the black bowl and shank. The tobacco chamber is coated for easy break in.
For you small pipe lovers, this little dandy is for you. Done in Dr Bob Hawkbill style, the bowl has wrap around flame grain with lots of birds eye on the top and bottom of the bowl and shank and finished with a medium brown stain. At the shank/stem junction, there is a rusticated ring for accent. Finally the nice flow of lines is completed with a hand cut cumberland stem in swirls of bluish green. A very compact feel in the hand and great mouth feel. The tobacco chamber is coated for easy break in.
For you fruit lovers, here is an irresistable apple. The sandblasted bowl is stained in dark brown and the blast rings continue prominantly onto the shank. Instead of pure blasted birds eye on the heel, there are continous rings. This quarter bent has a hand cut black ebonite bit. The tobacco chamber is coated. Handsome and balanced.
This blasted freehand has a modified egg shaped bowl which has a tapered shank to the foot. This gives a nice separation where bowl and shank meet. The top of the bowl is smooth with nice grain. The bowl is coated for easy break in. The lovely shank extension is afzelia wood, caped with white acrylic. The black hand cut ebonite stem gives an attractive flow of the pipe from bowl to button.
Not for drinking but definitely for a fine smoke, this handsome brandy shaped pipe has a shallow sand blasted surface in a black stain, The half bent shank flows into a tortise hand crafted acrylic bit. This bit material is a first for me and I really like the black and amber pattern as it complements the black bowl.
BLASTED CUTTY Here is a pipe that has several styles blending together. The bowl is cross grain sand blasted in a dark brown stain and has an ample tobacco chamber size with a 7/8 diameter. Birds eye grain pops nicely with the blast. Then the squarish shank is smooth with an attractive flame grain pattern and contrasting birds eye with a medium brown stain. The pipe is completed with a hand crafted, tapered cumberland bit. With an overall length of 7+ inches and a medium sized bowl, this pipe is well balanced.
The Dr Bob rusticattion is stained tan from the bowl through the shank. There are two accent rings the first white and the second marbled orange and nicely set off the hand cut black ebonite stem. The balance, flow and hand feel are excellent. The bowl is coated for easy break in.
I have wanted to make a pipe out of morta wood and chose this apple shape to accent the ring grain. The blast reveals prominent fairly even rings which flow nicely into the shank. Morta can be brown to black and this pipe is left in its natural color of brown with hints of olive. The hand cut Cumberland stem has a white accent ring. The bowl is coated for easier break in.
Christmas pipes are fun to make because of the red and green colors. This eighth bent apple is done in Dr Bob rustication with a black stain with highlights of red on some of the rusticated tips. The shank flows well into a hand cut acrylic red, green and white stem. This is one of the best examples of Christmas rod stock I have seen as it has beautifully marbled bold colors with some irridescence. Balanced, good hand and mouth feel makes this a must have pipe for your Christmas collection.
Canadians have such classic grace and this one does as well. The entire pipe is done in Dr Bob Rustication and is finished in a dark brown stain. The classic oval shaped shank flows into a beautifully patterned, hand cut Cumberland stem. It is light for a Canadian and has a great hand and mouth feel.
I have made several of these styles and really love the shape, so more to come. This is a classic squat bulldog shape similiar to the Dunhill series. The Dr Bob rustication is dark brown stained. I left the section smooth between the two rings and it gives the bowl a great effect. The tobacco chamber is coated. The shank gently tapers into the diamond shaped black, hand cut vulcanite bit.
This stacked bulldog is done in Dr Bob rustication with a dark tan stain. The bowl chamber is generous for a longer smoke. The shank and stem are oval shapped. The accent ring is in natural briar giving an attractive transition from shank to stem. The stem is hand cut vulcanite.
Here in the northwoods tall timbers dominate the landscape and thus the tall standing Billiard Timber. The bowl and shank are in Dr Bob Rustication and stained medium brown. The top of the bowl is smooth. The tobacco chamber is coated. A hand cut black acrylic military style bit completes this pipe.
For those of you who like a small pipe, look no further. This featherweight has Dr Bob rustication and black stain on the bowl and shank. The bowl top is smooth with nice birds eye. The acrylic stem has partial rustication. On the stem, an accent ring of red with a white swirl nicely contrasts with the black stain. The bowl is coated to enhance cake formation.
This smooth bent moderate sized freehand has a lot of attractive characteristics. The bowl and shank are stained medium brown. The bowl has wonderful flame grain on the sides and outstanding birds eye in the front, back and heel. The extension piece is redwood with nice grain on the sides and birds eye on the top and bottom. This all flows into a hand cut vulcanite stem with a white acrylic accent ring. The deep tobacco chamber allows for ample smoking time. This is a balanced pipe with nice flowing lines. The tobacco chamber is natural but can be coated prior to shipping.
This is a smaller sized pipe in classic apple shape. The bowl and shank are stained medium brown which brings out the surround flame grain nicely. Then the quarter bent shank flows with balance into the hand cut Cumberland stem finsished off with a cranberry colored accent ring. There is a slight flare upward at the mortise face with a flare downward onto the stem. This apple is light and has a great hand and mouth feel. The tobacco chamber is in natural finsish and can be coated prior to shipping.
My first olive wood pipe selected for its great smoking qualities and attractive grain. The classic billiard shape provides the maximum and generous amount of surround grain from top to bottom of the bowl and extends into the shank. The tapered hand cut acrylic stem is amber in color with nice cross striations. Overall this pipe is well balanced and has a great hand feel. The tobacco chamber is not bowl coated. Olive wood colors nicely with time and makes a great addition in wood types for your pipe collection.
This is my first strawberry wood pipe which provides great smoking qualities and beautiful grain patterns. The blasted ring grain is tight and abundant from top to bottom of the bowl and shank. Attractive birds eye pops on the bowl top. The stain is natural. The shank is square/oval in shape. A black hand cut vulcanite tapered stem provides balance and contrast with the naturally colored bowl and shank. This is a very light pipe with a great hand and mouth feel. Strawberry wood gives a nice addition in pipe wood types for your collection.
Here in the northwoods, baking a delicious apple pie is a must and the Northern Spy apple is a standard apple. Thus this apple shaped pipe, The Spy. Done in Dr Bob Rustication, the bowl and shank are stained dark brown and the bowl top is smooth with nice birds eye. Many of the rusticated tips are lightly sanded to give a subtle two tone effect. The military bit is hand cut amber colored acrylic with nice cross stiations. The tobacco chamber is coated.
A quarter bent apple with dark brown stain. The hand cut acrylic bit is one of the most attractive I have used as it has swirls of white, light brown and dark brown and really complements the dark brown bowl.
Here is a beauty that combines a sizeable bowl with nice flame grain and balanced Dr Bob rustication. The bowl has attractive surround flame grain set in a medium brown stain. The rustication on the bowl top and the shank blends and compliments the smooth portion of the pipe. This pipe is completed with a long flowing black acrylic bit and achieves a great hand feel.
This was a fun pipe to create using some classic Christmas colors of a red bowl and a bit of red and white swirls. The bit is candy cane like and really off sets the red Dr Bob rusticated bowl. Light and comfortable in the mouth.
CHRISTMAS BILLIARD 2015 Having that special Christmas pipe is always a great way to celebrate this season. This billiard is done in Dr Bob Rustication with a black stain on the bowl and shank. Some of the tips of the rustication have a subtle red stain which complements the colors of the bit. The smooth bowl top shows off nice birds eye. The red bit is hand cut acrylic with attractive white swirls and a green accent ring. Bowl coating is available on request before shipping.
The flame grain is very attractive as it wraps around the bowl and stem. The top of the bowl is rusticated creating a contrast with the bowl. Nice birdseye compliments the bowl bottom. A briar wood extension on the bit really embellishes the flowing curves on the bit. Overall this is a well balanced pipe and has a great feel in the mouth.
A classical shape as a Canadian billiard is a perfect fitting for this very attractive surround flame grain pipe. The wood shows well in a dark brown stain The oval shank has lots of birds eye and flows with balance into a short black acrylic bit. On the heel there is some Dr Bob rustication that accents the beautiful grain. While this is a larger pipe it has a balanced and pleasant feel in the hand.
A quarter bent beautiful apple with graceful flowing lines from the bowl to the button. The medium brown stained briar has surround vertical straight and flame grain and provides lots of birds eye at the top and bottom of the bowl and shank. An eye catcher is the tortoise acrylic bit which has brown and amber colors that match the brown briar stain. While this pipe is a medium to large size, it has a wonderful feel in the hand and mouth.
Some pipe to brag about. A gorgeous half bent dublin with surround straight and flame grain. The stain is medium brown and there is wonderful birdseye on the bowl top and on the heel. The tobacco chamber is not coated. The pipe bowl and shank are stout and the tobacco chamber deep. The hand made vulcanite stem is embellished with a briar ring. This pipe has it all including beauty, balance and flowing lines.
This bulldog has a different style with a square shank. The coated bowl is finished with Dr Bob rustication which flows from the bowl onto the bottom of the shank. Flame grain is retained on the rest of the shank for a nice contrast. The shank to button tapers on all sides and the blue green Cumberland bit really sets off the entire pipe.
The bowl is a dublin shape with dark stain. The tips of the Dr Bob rustication are in a lighter stain for an attractive contrast. The top of the bowl and canted rim are smooth in a medium stain and the tobacco chamber is coated. The gracefully curved bit is vulcanite. This pipe is very light and comfortable
This Dublin has a very attractice tight ring grain sandblasting texture. The bowl stain is a slightly yellowish tan and really helps to pop the blast. The beveled top of the bowl shows off some great birdseye. The shank flows into the tortise acrylic bit with an attractive cranberry colored ring on the bit. Overall a beauty for you large Dublin lovers.
This rhodesian has both Dr Bob rustication on the upper bowl and sandblasting on the lower bowl. The rustication is in a dark tan stain while the blast is in a dark walnut stain. A white ring on the acrylic bit provides a nice contrast between the darker colors. This pipe is for you rhody lovers of a larger size.
A georgous pipe with straight grain in a squat tomato shape. The double contrast stain is in dark brown and pops both the grain around the bowl and stunning birds eye on the top and bottom. The shank is set off with a nicely grained curly maple naturally finished extender and flows into a hand cut vulcanite bit. This well balanced pipe sits very comfortably in the hand.
This quarter bent egg shaped pipe in Dr Bob rustication is stained in black. The bowl chamber is generous for an extended smoke. The stem accent ring is white acrylic and the hand cut stem is vulcanite with beautiful black and pumpkin swirl. The three colors really present this pipe as a gorgeous eye catcher. The bowl is not coated but can be done prior to shipping if desired.
This is a classic Cutty with Dr Bob rustication. Light, great mouth feel and balanced. The black rustication contrasts with a rosewood extension and flows well into the black acrylic stem. The bowl top has a natural finish.
This pipe is an eye catcher with its several contrasting components. The bowl with its nice blast rings is black stained and flows well into a black and light grey ox horn shank extender. Then the hand cut black vulcanite stem has a red accent ring at the mortise junction. Qualities include nicely flowing lines, good balance, eye appealing colors and lightness. The bowl is coated for easy breaking in.
Here is a pipe for dublin lovers and featherweights. The surround flame grain pops nicely with double contrast staining. Magnificent birdseye explodes on the bowl top and heel. The shank near the mortise has a rusticated accent ring. A hand cut vulcanite stem tapers gracefully for overall balance. This featherweight has great hand feel and is really comfortable in the mouth.