This pipe bowl and stem is a commissioned piece for Conrad Weiser Homestead in Pennsylvania. The bowl has a fitted liner as opposed to a poured pewter liner. It is not a copy of any known pipe and stem but rather a artistic interpretation of what could have been using period correct items and techniques.
I recently finished a few other rifles that I gave away as gifts. While I was building those, I thought it might be nice to finish one for myself. I ran out of design ideas for a metal patch box and decided to try another wood one with a little decoration in the form of an engraved brass inlay. Some other details that may be of interest to other builders....
Stock - Red Maple
Barrel - .50 caliber Rice, swamped, 42 inch
Lock - Chambers Round Faced English
Barrel Finish - Partial browning followed by scrub down with Scotch Bright and bronze aging solution
Wood Finish - Scraped and burnished after carving, Sutherland & Wells Polymerized Tung Oil
Lock Finish - Case hardened and lightly buffed back to remove color
This 2013 horn by Tim Crosby is a medium sized North Carolina Piedmont Style banded horn, with a poured pewter tip. The beehive style base plug is unique in that it is routed so the butt of the horn fits up inside.
Kris Polizzi worked from photos of the horn to produce a woven strap that picks up the colors of the horn. The ends are braided to facilitate attachment. Typical of her lovely work.
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