Four Giants

Messing about with wood and tools, and tobacco and pipes.

Spent time with my trusty 1950’s octagonal-paneled Kaywoodie Flame Grain. Picked it up for $5 in an antique store; she cleans up real nice.
Another Shaker pipe rack was commissioned. Guess I’ll call it The Shakier.
This is the last commission I take for a while. In a few months I’ll be moving to the New England area from Florida and I have a lot to do around here before I go. I’ll try to get a few more racks made but I no time for custom stuff.

Reddit’s /r/PipeTobacco Pipe of the Year 2014 by J&J Pipes.

Had a visitor in the shop while working this morning.

The local Greek Orthodox Church asked for my help to hang a few icons they had. The wood that the icons were painted on was too thin to drill into, so I made some simple backings to attach to each of them that I could route keyhole notches in.

The names of each Saint is written on the icon in Greek, so for non-Greek speakers I stamped the names of the Saints depicted on the icons into the wood of the backings I made - Sts Panteleimon, Kyrikos, and the Holy Fathers of Mar Sabas Monastery in Jerusalem. These icons are of the Saints whose relics are housed in the parish’s altar.

It was an honor to help, and I hope I’ll be able to work on the fourth icon of St Kyrikos’ mother, St Julia, when it arrives.

The Shaker Rack: Made of red oak and poplar, this commissioned rack holds seven pipes - one for each day of the week.

The current workspace setup. Still settling in; looking forward to getting things moving.

Fiddling about with a new picture taking set up; here’s a shot of the latest pipe rack. I call it The Shaker. I’ll post more later.

Still healing up from the surgery, but it’s good to be able to get back to a little bit of work.


I’d like to tell you about my former roommate Matt. He’s a one-man printing press, a husband, a father, a jazz musician, and a great friend. He recently got some work printing logos for none other than Conan O’Brien.
I’m proud of this guy.

No work has been done as, last month, I had half my neck fused. Still healing. Still in a neck brace. But I became an uncle today, so no matter what, I couldn’t be happier.