Frodo in Mordor liverpool.

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I made this liverpool shaped pipe on assignment for a tobacco blender in US.

He wanted a tiny pipe qith a dark sandblasting.

This is also my second attempt on sandblasting and, in fact, my first sandblasted finished pipe.

I called it Frodo in Mordor because it’s tiny (15 gr.) and with the dark staining and the erosion of the sandblast, it remembers me the dark days that the hobbit spent in Mordor.

It has really thin walls so this is the kind of pipes that I only do when somebody order they, because thay can be a bomb in untrained hands. Personally, I love to smoke viriginias on them, because thay force me a slow and calmed smoke session to keep it not to hot.

I have the impression that sandblasting and thin walls also make them cool faster when they are hot. But maybe I’m wrong. Anyway, I precoated the chamber, like I did on my own tiny billiard before. Just to be safer.

The client is a great smoker so I’m not really afraid in this case 🙂

The mouthpiece is handmade from german cumberland and I’m particulary happy with it, because I’m starting being comfortable with the development of my own line for stem buttons.

Finished while listening to Debussy’s First Arabesque.

Stem: handmade german cumberland.
Lenght: 106mm
Height: 32 mm
Bowl width: 30 mm
Chamber diam.: 19 mm
Weight: 15g

Contact at: info@joancanto.com

Joan is smoking today Middle Earth Tobacco’s Gondor blend on a maltese pipe without brand.

Lovat video.

I finished today the lovat that I sandblasted some days ago. It was my first sandblasting attempt without any test before.

I didn’t stained it because in his natural colour, it remembers me a walnut. The ring is made from deer horn.

I made this video for Instagram at the workshop just after buffing the mouthpiece.

This pipe is a gift for a friend.

Joan is smoking today Middle Earth Tobacco‘s Rivendell on a Dirk Claessen pipe.

Discovering the sandblasting.

My sandblasting equipment arrived.

David from the Bruken factory sent me some premade bowls with defects from his factory for free to allow me to practice with sandblasting. They are very nice people and, as some other professionals from the pipe world, they are giving some help to me in my pipe adventure. There’s so many people who is being really nice with me! Thanks to all of them!

The problem is that The bowls didn’t arrive before the equipment and I’m an anxious person. So I did what I promised not to do. Start trying to sandblast with a real pipe.

I didn’t even know how to mount the equipment and I had a small accident with the pressure regulator…

Here is an instagram of the first test. Here without the pressure regulator:

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Then, I received an message from a tobacco blender in US, brave enough to order me a small sandblasted pipe and, excited about sandblasting again, I went to buy a new pressure regulator and did this other one. I’m more satisfied with this result:

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Today I finished this one and i took my usual crappy video in the workshop after finishing it:

Joan is smoking today McClelland’s 3 Oaks Syrian in a Rafa Martín pipe.

Red match. Small billiard.

I made a pipe for myself. Before my son was born I made pipe to celebrate it. One year after I made a pipe to smoke it the day of his birthday. It’s small and cute like him.

The mortise is into the stem instead of the stummel. With this, I want to reduce the friction on the thin and delicate shank.

Finished while listening Caetano Veloso.

Stem: vulcanite.
Lenght: 103mm
Height: 35 mm
Bowl width: 29 mm
Chamber diam.: 19 mm
Weight: 12g

Contact at: info@joancanto.com

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Joan is smoking today Peretti Black Virginia on a Chacom Sport pipe.

Zeppelin. First attempt of reverse calabash.

I wanted to try a reverse calabash system. I’m not very brave about new things, but I have to admit that I’m very curious about how this system smokes.

I took my time on designing (while having a coffee in a bar before a university class). Then I was ready to start on it. I selected a not very special ebauchon as I thought on the possibility that it would be just an attempt of a pipe (after that, I was soooo surprised of the amazing birdseye grain).

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I had some limitations with my tools so I drilled the cooling chamber at 19mm diameter but then I was scared when I discovered that I didn’t have any ebonite or cumberland rod of this diameter or more for the stem. It was terrible when I discovered it after all the planning and design on this pipe I 🙂

Finally, I decided to add a cumberland ring inside, at the end of the cooling chamber, to reduce the diameter and another one to the stem and it fits really great, but I’m not happy with the little step (1mm) from the cooling chamber to the “mortise” ring. It won’t affect the smoking of this pipe but maybe it accumulates a bit of dirt after some time. It won’t happen again in the future 🙂

That’s the reason why, despite the incredible grain, I won’t sell this pipe and, probably I will keep it for me. At least, I also deserve some Cantó Pipes!

This is the first time I tried to work on a non ebonite or vulcanite stem. It was a preformed methacrylate that I modified a lot. It has not been that terrible!

I didn’t stained the briar. The ring is made from Zebrano. I really disliked to work with it, but it looks good at the end. Won’t be my last reverse calabash for sure. I enjoyed doing it a lot!

Finished while listening Beirut.

Stem: methacrylate.
Lenght: 130mm
Height: 60 mm
Bowl width: 42 mm
Chamber diam.: 22 mm
Weight: 68g

Contact at: info@joancanto.com

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Poker.

I’m not a big fan of the poker shape, specially those rusticated chubby american ones that are so popular these days.

Anyway, I wanted to make a poker because I had a piece of briar that was claiming for it or for a horn. I made more horns than pokers so the decision was taken.

After making it I can say that I’m happy with the result.

I like how big it looks and at the same time how light it is (30 g.)

I made a new system to fix the pipe during the stamping of the name and brand so I expect better results on it from now.

I made my markers at Grabados Omella in Barcelona and I’m not happy with the result. They had to repeat them once and they still doesn’t work well. Still, I asked them for finding a solution to fix, replace or making new ones and they just ignored me.

The stem is handmade from a roll of red and black german cumberland.

Finished while listening Electric Six.

Price: RESERVED.

Stem: hand cutted german cumberland.
Lenght: 120mm
Height: 73 mm
Bowl width: 28 mm
Chamber diam.: 22 mm
Weight: 29g

Contact at: info@joancanto.com

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Joan is not smoking today because he’s still with a big flu.