After having spent virtually 7 hours and a spot of lunch i made my way home. The pipe i had carved i decided needed a box to keep it safe so after a couple of days of rain and showers i ended up with this.
The box is covered with a very fine leather and on the top is mounted a brass motif of a mermaid indicating the pipe may have belonged to the captain of a ship.
The size of the pipe would dictate that its also known as a ''church warden'' with a slight curve on the stem and measuring just under 2'' which at first i thought seemed a little large but in fact some of these clay pipes could measure as much as 3ft in length.
The box has been lined with a purple silk which also shows the tiny pipe off to its best.
The pipe may not look much for amount of time i spent sanding and filing at the ivory but to me its not the amount of time that's important, it was the fact i had a wonderful day in a perfect setting and at the end walked away with a tiny treasure. Sometimes the most simplest things in life can be the most enjoyable and rewarding. This piece will be added to my For Sale section later and will also come complete with the tiny section of the real pipe i found in the river which gave me the idea to create this miniature.
Have a great and safe weekend everyone. Tony