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.

Small pumpkin

Finally it’s cold in my land. To celebrate the autumn and the beginning of cold and foggy days, I wanted to make this small “pumpkin” tomato shape.

I like how the grain goes around the round shape, like the lines of a pumpkin.

The stem is handmade from a roll of german ebonite.

Finished while listening Tchaikovsky’s Overture 1812, Op. 49.

Price: 200€ / 272$

Stem: hand cutted german ebonite.
Lenght: 110mm
Height: 41 mm
Bowl width: 43 mm
Chamber diam.: 22 mm
Weight: 37g

Contact at: info@joancanto.com

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Joan is smoking today Cornell & Diehl Kajun Kake on a Don Carlos 2 notes pipe.

Slightly bent billiard

SOLD IN SWITZERLAND.

This time I wanted to try something slightly bent and elegant, not my usual rude stuff 🙂

It has a thin ring of ebonite and a main rosewood ring.

Finished while listening Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Stem: ebonite.
Lenght: 130mm
Height: 55 mm
Bowl width: 24 to 33 mm
Chamber diam.: 20 mm
Weight: 36g

Contact at: info@joancanto.com

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Joan is smoking today Esoterica Tobacciana Penzance on a Markuz Poker.

Italian dublin

This long dublin has a beautiful grain from italian briar with thin ebonite stem.
Perfect for experienced smokers due to the thin walls that make it so light (23g.).

I decided to reduce the cost of this pipe due to two natural marks in the wood that are in the same direction of the grain.

Stem: italian ebonite.
Lenght: 145mm
Height: 40 mm
Bowl width: 38 mm
Chamber diam.: 19 mm
Weight: 23g

Contact at: info@joancanto.com

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You can see the marks in the previous photos, and probably you won’t notice them. I will show you a picture from a macro to be transparent:

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Joan is smoking right now Markuz Lovat with personal aromatic + virginia + perique blend.

First pipe for sale. Cumberland stem pot.

SOLD IN CATALONIA.

This is the first pipe that I make for sale.

Handmade cumberland stem and very classic shape. I wanted to start with something very classic.

Stem: hand cutted german cumberland
Lenght: 120mm
Height:  40 mm
Bowl width:  35 mm
Chamber diam.: 19 mm
Weight: 29g

Contact at: info@joancanto.com

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First pipes for sale.

I didn’t post anything since january, and being honest, I have been so busy but not on pipes. Being father of a cute baby is a tough job 🙂

During the last months I have been learning how to make my own mouthpieces from rods. The pipe makers Dirk Claessen and Rafa Martin have been helping me a lot with this and other aspects of pipe making. I think I will be in debt with them for a long time for sure! Some pictures from when I visited them some months ago:

Rafa Martín:

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Dirk Claessen:

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So I have many pipes in progress right now and also more mouthpieces unfinished (some of them ruined, I must admit). But during these months I kept working and learning.

I finished my 18 pipe so I’m kind of adult right now 🙂 Also, it has been one year since I started learning how to make pipes and now I can make a complete pipe without using premade parts.

When people asked me about buying one of my pipes I always said that they were not good enough yet to sell and also I was not comfortable about selling them before making my own mouthpieces.

There’s still a lot to learn and to improve. I still think that my pipes are not as good as I would like, but I think I crossed the line and I can announce it:

My pipes are for sale from now.

I will post the two ready for sale in the next two posts.