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Custom Baki Meerschaums "The Red Series"

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Nearly 10 years ago, I went through a period of rapid pipe acquisition. Being a sole meer smoker, once I discovered Baki's pipes, I had to have more and became impatient when Deniz Ural's website wasn't refreshing fast enough with new wares. So I chatted a while with Deniz and he was planning a trip to Turkey and being the gentleman he is, he agreed to talk to Baki about some custom pipes ideas I had. Other than the church wardens, I've not shared these publicly before but since it's been 10 years I guess it's about time. Now my wife's favourite colour is red so I asked Deniz to make sure that all these pipes had red trim so that they'd all be linked. I think a couple of them slipped away from me (one to Fred Bass) but I should have almost all the red trimmed pipes.

So first up, I wanted a straight poker/sitter. I have seen several but they either didn't sit or they were bent. This is the picture I sent Deniz:

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And this is the pipe in the flesh:

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I love that it sits, even though it looks like it's on the verge of tipping over.

More to come!
 

Siv

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Sorry for those of you who got their hopes up for a new Baki supply. I didn't think this would create a sad reaction! Well hopefully my pictures will at least provide some compensation.

I'm generally a fan of straight pipes yet it seems meerschaum carvers shy away from this style. My next design was for a lumberman, a straight flat-shanked pipe. This was my attempt at conveying what I was looking for:
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Deniz told me that Baki would use my drawings as "inspiration" and not just duplicate them verbatim and I was happy with this approach as my drawing skills are not all that great. This is what Baki came up with based on this drawing. I think it looks much better than I imagined!

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Nearly 10 years ago, I went through a period of rapid pipe acquisition. Being a sole meer smoker, once I discovered Baki's pipes, I had to have more and became impatient when Deniz Ural's website wasn't refreshing fast enough with new wares. So I chatted a while with Deniz and he was planning a trip to Turkey and being the gentleman he is, he agreed to talk to Baki about some custom pipes ideas I had. Other than the church wardens, I've not shared these publicly before but since it's been 10 years I guess it's about time. Now my wife's favourite colour is red so I asked Deniz to make sure that all these pipes had red trim so that they'd all be linked. I think a couple of them slipped away from me (one to Fred Bass) but I should have almost all the red trimmed pipes.

So first up, I wanted a straight poker/sitter. I have seen several but they either didn't sit or they were bent. This is the picture I sent Deniz:

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And this is the pipe in the flesh:

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I love that it sits, even though it looks like it's on the verge of tipping over.

More to come!
That pipe is AWESOME!!!!
 

Siv

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One thing I didn't mention is that I wanted some more "conventional" shaped pipes. At the time, a lot of Baki's production was a little artsy and while I do like these designs, I also wanted something a little more conservative - but still with flare. An idea I has was for a tomato shape but I didn't have a good way of drawing it. This is the silly drawing I sent:

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And here is the resulting pipe. I think Baki nailed it! I love the subtle cheeks expressed around the rim. It's organic yet simple and elegant.

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#11
One thing I didn't mention is that I wanted some more "conventional" shaped pipes. At the time, a lot of Baki's production was a little artsy and while I do like these designs, I also wanted something a little more conservative - but still with flare. An idea I has was for a tomato shape but I didn't have a good way of drawing it. This is the silly drawing I sent:

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And here is the resulting pipe. I think Baki nailed it! I love the subtle cheeks expressed around the rim. It's organic yet simple and elegant.

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This is the work of a master. Baki took a simple design and ran it into the sublime.
 

Siv

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#12
Next is a Lovat. Once again a crappy drawing however this time I said that I wanted the shank to be round.

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The outcome must have been derived from a fairly hefty piece of meerschaum. It feels very sturdy and is far too large to clench but it's exactly what I asked for! I love that the bowl shape is conventional and has a slight down angle to make it aesthetically pleasing.

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Siv

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Now here's one that came out exactly as I had drawn but that wasn't my intention. I wanted something a bit more futuristic so I sent this picture expecting there to be some artistic license but none was taken!

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What came out is an oddity. I've never seen anything like this and it's unique for sure. Despite the size, it would be a shorter smoke as the bowl is shallow. Perhaps it's a good example of why I'm not a pipe designer. I'd be interested to see what people's reactions are! Modern art?

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Now here's one that came out exactly as I had drawn but that wasn't my intention. I wanted something a bit more futuristic so I sent this picture expecting there to be some artistic license but none was taken!

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What came out is an oddity. I've never seen anything like this and it's unique for sure. Despite the size, it would be a shorter smoke as the bowl is shallow. Perhaps it's a good example of why I'm not a pipe designer. I'd be interested to see what people's reactions are! Modern art?

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This is completely insane.

I don't know if I love it or hate it or what.
 

Peeps

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#17
Now here's one that came out exactly as I had drawn but that wasn't my intention. I wanted something a bit more futuristic so I sent this picture expecting there to be some artistic license but none was taken!

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What came out is an oddity. I've never seen anything like this and it's unique for sure. Despite the size, it would be a shorter smoke as the bowl is shallow. Perhaps it's a good example of why I'm not a pipe designer. I'd be interested to see what people's reactions are! Modern art?

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S O a B!!
 

Siv

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Finally some reactions! I thought that pipe would elicit a response. How about a slightly more conventional design? I saw a briar that was named the "pod". I forget who made it but it had a lovely organic quality to it and also some interesting detail around the bit. Once again, I did a crappy drawing:

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What I was really after here is the sharp point and ridge on the inside end of the bowl, making it look like a seed pod or something. The result is something quite elegant I think.

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