As with any pipe show I looked for opportunities to get a hands on look at some ultra high grades. This time I was struck with the absolute beauty of the stem work I was seeing, and I'm now fine tuning my process to get my stem work to the next level. In particular I want them to be thinner over all, as well as more refined shapes. In addition I need to fine tune my lathe operation with sharper bits and techniques that will produce a cleaner hand cut tenon and stem face.
Nothing like a pipe show to charge the batteries and hone the eye. I'm looking forward to applying what I've seen and learned this fall and winter. Stay tuned!