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3 Catlinite Disc Pipes (Maroon)
2 Jasper Pipestone Disc Pipes (pink/red)
1 Limestone Elbow pipe (white)
1 Steatite Disc Pipe (black)

Finished these 7 pipes today, it's not a record, but anything over 5 and you're definitely in the zone...super nice weather, which is always helpful when you're workshop is outside! I have to work under the roof this time of year, my oak tree is dropping acorn bombs every time the wind blows.

The hardest stone here is black Steatite, so hard it laughs at high speed steel drill bits; makes them dull and they make painstakingly slow progress. I have to use diamond bits, and carve under water to drill holes efficiently in this black rock.

I've carved several hundred of these disc pipes in the last 16 months, it's my favorite ancient design. #stonecarving #willybeeoriginals #catlinitepipe #discpipe
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10/8/17
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Arrowhead Cameo Necklace Pipe
Minnesota Catlinite with Bamboo Branch

This pendant was a prototype I carved a while back, but I wasn't happy with it, so it ended up in the scrap heap. It was a bit too thick and heavy for comfortable wear...

Today I picked it up from the scrap pile and realized there was just enough thickness in the piece for a pipe. Once I had carved the stem hole and the bowl hole, I drilled holes in the sides, back, and edges to reduce overall weight.

Stone pendant measures 1 11/16 of an inches high by 1 3/16 inches wide by 7/16 of an inch thick. Bowl diameter is 5/16 of an inch, and it's 7/16 of an inch deep. Bamboo stem is 5 inches long. Overall length with stem inserted is 6 1/2 inches. Mounted on a stainless steel loop and a 36 inch leather lace. #stonecarving #catlinitepipe #calfcreekarrowhead #pendantpipe #willybeeoriginals
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9/30/17
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Rolling Stones Pipe
Minnesota Catlinite

Haven't been posting, mostly because it's a pain in the ass to take good pictures, but I had to share this one.

This was an idea a buddy of mine gave me a while back. I finally found the right piece of rock to carve it. I suspect this design was proposed because he didn't think I could pull it off...

The draw hole is in the tip of the tongue.

Measures 4 3/4 inches long by 3 inches wide by 1 inch thick (at the bowl end).

#rollingstones #mickjaggerlips #catlinitepipe #willybeeoriginals
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9/14/17
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Wagon Wheel Pipe #2
Minnesota Catlinite with Bamboo Branches

This design is closer to authentic ancient examples I have studied. I've undercut the bowl all the way around, in the Micmac style. This undercut effectively divides the bowl from the handle, isolating heat away from your hand.

The bottom of the pipe must have a larger mass than the bowl for this to work properly.

As the bowl heats up (really hot with 4 people puffing!!), the heat has to transfer through the tiny amount of rock holding the bowl and the bottom of the pipe together. The smaller mass of the bowl, even when hot, takes a lot of time to heat the larger mass of the base through this tiny pathway. The old ones were really, really smart, eh? They figured this out thousands of years ago!

Pipe measures 2 inches long by 1 5/8 inches wide by 1 7/8 inches tall.

Bowl measures 7/16 of an inch across and 1 1/4 inches deep. Carved for use without a screen (there's a restriction between the stem hole and the bowl that keeps the tobacco from coming through).

I'd estimate this bowl will hold the equivalent of 2 cigarettes worth of tobacco. If you use a screen, you can adjust the capacity by moving the screen up or down inside the bowl.

The four bamboo stems measure 15 inches, so four smokers standing in a circle would have about 32 inches between them.

The X's engraved on all four sides of the base are also in the Micmac style, and are there because without them it's hard to hold on to the rock!!

#willybeeoriginals #catlinitepipe #wagonwheelpipe #stonecarving
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8/15/17
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James Brown Pipestone
Four Way Wagon Wheel Pipe

I was given this nice chunk of tan sandstone at an artifact show a couple years ago by James Brown. James is from Mississippi, and he hunts artifacts in the swamp. He said "I can get all of this you want, if you like it...got a whole swamp full of it!"

Pipes of this "wagon wheel" design have been found in the archaeological record, some with up to 8 stem holes. This was my first attempt at a wagon wheel pipe, and also my first work in Mississippi pipestone.

Measures 2 3/4 inches long by 2 inches wide by 4 inches high. I've only seen 3 examples of this type, and none of them had a handle, it seemed like a good idea. I'll definitely make more of these, super fun to carve. I'm very interested to find out how these perform... #willybeeoriginals #wagonwheelpipe #stonecarving #pipesmith
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8/7/17
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Obtuse Angle Tube Pipe

This piece has been sitting around for a while, and I finally got around to carving the bowl properly. Pipes like this one have been found in Virginia, and were dated to 3,000 years before present!

Material: Jasper Pipestone
Length: 5 inches
Width: 1 inch

Bowl diameter is 5/8 of an inch, depth is 1 1/4 inches. Capacity is 2/3 of a cigartte worth of tobacco. I've carved this piece for use with a screen. In ancient times a pebble of just the right size was used to keep the tobacco from sucking through...but the old pebble in the pipe doesn't work as well as a modern screen.

At some point I decided this tube pipe needed a handle, so I made one from a scrap piece of leather.

Also pictured are a couple necklace pipes I carved today. #willybeeoriginals #tubepipe #necklacepipe

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7/28/17
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I haven't been posting for a couple of weeks, but that's not because I haven't been carving stone. I've been in production mode on my necklace pipes.

My goal is 100 finished pieces, and I'm at 90 as of today. Pictured here is today's work, not including one piece that broke on me just as I was almost done! Once I've finished this run, I'll post a photo of all 100. #willybeeoriginals #catlinitepipe #necklacepipe #trailpipe #discpipe

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7/26/17
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Banded Slate Necklace Pipe

This is my first attempt at a necklace pipe in this material.

Banded slate is a strong and durable material, but it requires a different strategy to carve.

Slate has cleavage planes not present in most other stone, and you have to take careful consideration of the total shock load while carving.

Carve too aggressively and you risk splitting the piece along the banding. Slow grinding with diamond bits in water is the safest method. It takes more time to carve slate, but the results are worth it.

Measures 8 inches overall with stem inserted

Length 1 7/16 inches
Width 11/16 of an inch
Height 7/8 of an inch


Bowl diameter is 5/16 of an inch across and 11/16 of an inch deep. This bowl holds the equivalent of 1/3 of a cigarette worth of tobacco. I've carved this piece for use without a screen.

Pipe is mounted on a suede lace lanyard with titanum glass beads and a stainless steel loop. Once the pipe is on your neck, you can adjust the length of the necklace by sliding the rear bead. Lanyard is 30 inches long. #willybeeoriginals
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7/9/17
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Hopewell Monitor Style Platform Pipe

I carved this pipe last year, but never bothered to grind out the bowl until today. This style of pipe was made about 2,000 years ago by ancient Native Americans who lived in the Ohio River Valley.

The pipe measures 6 inches long by 2 inches wide by 4 inches high, and this is one super piece of Minnesota Catlinite. It should be; this was an $80 chunk of rock before I did anything to it!! ($8 a pound). But, this rock has really fine grain, which shows in the glossy finish.

Bowl measures 15 /16 in diameter and tapers to 1/2 inch across at the bottom; it's nearly 4 inches deep, one of the biggest bowls I've carved to date! Definitely big enough for the whole tribal council...

#willybeeoriginals #catlinitepipe #platformpipe #stonecarving
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7/9/17
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Necklace Pipe
Catlinite Stone Pendant
.925 Sterling Silver
Bamboo Branch
Suede Lace
Titanium Glass Beads

Small enough to wear like jewelry, but you'll get big pipe performance out of my necklace pipes!

I've adapted reliable ancient Native American designs into a modern product that smokes as good as it looks. I carve these bowls for use without a screen.
This pipe measures 7 1/4 inches overall with stem inserted.

The red pipestone pendant measures 1 9/16 inches long by 1 inch wide by 11/16 of an inch high.

The bowl measures 3/8 of an inch wide and 5/8 of an inch deep, and will hold the equivalent of 1/3 of a cigarette worth of tobacco.

I mounted the pipe on a loop I made from .925 sterling silver and soldered it closed. I use only the highest quality materials in all my jewelry. Length is adjustable by moving the rear glass bead. This design is great for hiking, camping, or kayaking.

#catlinitepipe #necklacepipe #trailpipe #kayaksmokingpipe #willybeeoriginals
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7/8/17
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