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MartinH

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PostSubject: Lost a Good Friend Yesterday   Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:06 pm

My beautiful dobie Ginger died yesterday. She was a 9 year family member and friend. Nothing can prepare you for the moment when they take their long breath, and she was the best dog I've ever had. It was a sad, sad day. In her honor, I want to carve a pipe with the image of a doberman on it. Do any of you have any experience in doing this? I tried with a dremel attachment, but the bit was too large. I am going to order a "carving" kit for the dremel, but am really flying blind when it comes to the actual process of carving.

Am I correct in the assumption that you take small strokes as you do when you draw?

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Martin
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PostSubject: Re: Lost a Good Friend Yesterday   Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:50 pm

Sorry for your loss. I'm afraid I can't help with your carving question though.
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PostSubject: Re: Lost a Good Friend Yesterday   Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:59 pm

Very sorry to hear
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PostSubject: Re: Lost a Good Friend Yesterday   Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:15 pm

Thanks everyone.

Martin
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PostSubject: Re: Lost a Good Friend Yesterday   Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:28 pm

Sorry to hear about this. When you get the pipe done. put up a picture.

Mike
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PostSubject: Re: Lost a Good Friend Yesterday   Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:30 pm

Sorry for your loss, my friend.

These dogs really do become members of your family. A few years back, I had to put down my fifteen year old Brittany-Spaniel, Chico. Old age; he was suffering from a weak heart. I was with him when he took his last breath. I cried like baby. For six months after that, I could still hear him around the house.

They’re absolute wonderful creatures.

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PostSubject: Re: Lost a Good Friend Yesterday   Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:37 pm

Airborne,

I know what you mean. I held her until she took her very last breath. It was an incredibly sad moment in my life. The house feels empty without her here.

Thanks for the kind words from everyone.

Martin
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PostSubject: Re: Lost a Good Friend Yesterday   Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:11 pm

RIP. Over the years we have had to put down many dogs; I have never felt good about "playing God", but one needs to do whatever is necessary if they are suffering. It is no different than losing a human member of one's family. A dog's love is unconditional, and we have a moral obligation to care for them for all of their days.
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PostSubject: Re: Lost a Good Friend Yesterday   Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:49 pm

Martin,
My condolences in your loss.
As for the carving, briar can prove to be a challenge. Since the grain is so erratic, it may not cut as cleanly as you would like. I've used it to great effect for knife scales, finding that it carves best when wet. Since you are considering the use of a dremel tool be sure your bits are sharp. When I'm doing some sort of aggressive work, I tend to use a die grinder with an adapter so I can use smaller accessories. You might go to the websites for Jantz Suppy, or Texas Knifeworks. A lot of the materials used in knifemaking lend themselves well to pipemaking. Bear in mind some of it can be found locally and cheaper just by being a choosy shopper, but if you have urge to do some serious carving with power tools, check out the Fordom tool, it's like a dremel on steroids. If you undertake this project as strictly a labor of love using hand tools, take your time, keep the chisels sharp, and enjoy yourself. Good luck, and once more, sorry about your loss.
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PostSubject: Re: Lost a Good Friend Yesterday   Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:58 pm

A very sad day indeed. I know what you're going through. I still look over to the passenger side of my truck and miss my boxer. Take comfort in knowing you gave your family member a good life and drink a toast in honor every once in a while.

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PostSubject: Re: Lost a Good Friend Yesterday   Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:09 am

Sad indeed. Try to focus on the good memories you and Ginger shared. as that might help shorten your grief.
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PostSubject: Re: Lost a Good Friend Yesterday   Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:19 am

My deepest condolences. Pets are like family, and losing them truly hurts. May you find peace in knowing that she lived a good life with you. Crying or Very sad
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PostSubject: Re: Lost a Good Friend Yesterday   Fri Jul 29, 2011 4:31 pm

Martin,
Sorry for the loss of your treasured friend. Why couldn't dogs have been born to be lifelong companions instead of such a short lifespan? I can relate to your situation, but it doesn't make it any easier. Treasure the good times.
Peace,
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PostSubject: Re: Lost a Good Friend Yesterday   Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:39 pm

Here is the pipe I carved in honor of my sweet dog. It's not the greatest thing ever, but I'm happy with it. I will break it in tomorrow, as I just finished it today.

[img] IMG_20110729_205954 by mdcasa, on Flickr[/img]



[img] IMG_20110729_205933 by mdcasa, on Flickr[/img]
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PostSubject: Re: Lost a Good Friend Yesterday   Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:42 am

Martin- sorry to hear of your loss. I've been through it and know how you feel.

Nice work on your tribute pipe, too!!
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PostSubject: Re: Lost a Good Friend Yesterday   Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:40 am

Thanks MisterE. I also had a lesson in perspective the day we put Ginger to sleep. That same afternoon, my son Alex was sick with a 104 degree fever. That said, despite the sadness of losing a beloved dog, seeing my little boy so sick made me take stock and think about the grand scheme of things. I guess it helped a little, but that day was still hard.

Thanks man,

Martin
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PostSubject: Re: Lost a Good Friend Yesterday   Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:05 am

Your tribute pipe looks like it should be very comfortable to hold. If I were ever to attempt making a pipe I'd end up posting a picture of a pile of sawdust.
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Lesath

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PostSubject: Re: Lost a Good Friend Yesterday   Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:06 am

I take it your little one has recovered nicely? Life has a way of reminding us our destiny has its very own agenda. On a lighter subject, I find your pipe to be quite attractive, I think you made the correct choice in the style as it follows the wood grain well and besides, I'm partial to that shape.
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PostSubject: Re: Lost a Good Friend Yesterday   Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:18 am

Lesath,

Thanks. My little boy is doing just fine. He felt better within 48 hours, now he's into everything again, and climbing, keeping my busy chasing him. Smile

As for the pipe, thank you also for the kind words. I wanted it to look very woodsy, and very much like something Ginger would have found and gnawed on. Whenever we went for a walk, especially in the mountains, she always found a stick to chew and tear apart. She loved chewing on old tree branches, and that was my inspiration. The tobacco hole of the pipe is very cadddywompos, but since I can't fix that, I'll let it be. I tried the enlarge the tobacco chamber, but instead of using the proper tool (that I don't yet have) I tried a dremel. Bad mistake. Smile

All that said, I enjoy the making of a pipe almost as much as smoking one. Of course, I'm usually smoking a nice bowl of leaf while I'm carving away at the briar, so it's the best of both worlds. Smile

I hope everyone has a great Saturday.

Martin
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