Italian Flag Pipe Making
In the Don Carlos Pipe Workshop©


Don Carlos


From this

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to this

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in 4 hours!

You can either take the tour by viewing and enlarging the thumbnails on this page
or you can sit back and watch the whole process through the:
Don Carlos Slide Show.

The Maestro at Work©

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Bruto picking the briar
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Cutting to see what's hidden
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Has potential
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Just HAS to be like this
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That IS the shape
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Cutting the shape out
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Shape takes shape!
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Boring the tobacco chamber
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Here's the tobacco chamber
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Boring the ferrule
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Ready for the tenon
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Boring the draught hole
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A perfect hole
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Choosing a mouthpiece
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Fitting the mouthpiece
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Finally the two wholes meet
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Back to the saw
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A cut for the logo
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Inserting a logo piece
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Sanding the logo down
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Sandblasting starts
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Getting closer to final shape
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Hope it'll go away
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Getting there with the shape
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Rosaria applying a tint
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Terrible color but necessary
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Cleaning up the plateau top
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Now, we're talking!
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Sandblasting color away
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Removing a part of ' plateau
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Some muscle work!
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Bending the mouthpiece
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Color again
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Almost there with the shape
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Sanding color away, again!
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Even grain shows now
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Yet another layer!
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Polishing time
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Stamping starts!
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Incision of pipe name
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"Cum Corde - Dic. '99"!
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Final color... finally!
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Polishing time.
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Bruto's final touches
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Rosaria inspecting the pipe.
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Here it is...
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... after more than 4 hrs
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And that's how it was!

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