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:


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:


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).


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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