It's, like, Phyllis Diller funny.
Nah. I was just trying to make a decent looking pipe, and trying out various shapes. Luckily, about the time I sold that first pipe, I got hooked up with a couple of guys that had been making pipes for a few years, and who were/are really taking it seriously. Like, the “do it right! don’t fiddle sticksing leave tool marks! That’s a bulge right there…” kind of serious. I listened to them, and started seeking out some other makers I respected for advice. I’m still trying to find my own style, but I’ve some some people say that they’re starting to see it.I think they look pretty good for your first pipes. I'm no expert but your shaping (lines/flow, whatever it's called) is there. Do you remember if you had a specific idea or maker style you were shooting for?