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== Design Work ==
 
== Design Work ==
[[Image:mortacreation-design2.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Morta pipe design]]Design work for morta pipes is really little different from briar design, except that often the blocks are so much smaller that the range of available shapes is very limited.  One unique challenge of morta is the length of the blocks - often they are quite short and square rather than longer than they are wide, as with briar blocks. This can produce a very "shankless" look if one isn't careful, and can also put the tenon tip too near to the tobacco chamber without very precise drilling and fitting. I expect to produce a large number of morta pipes with bamboo shanks or other types of shank extension for the higher grades, to help overcome this visual stylistic limitation. Below I am holding various stem styles to the block to help visualize the look of the finished pipe, and thereby finding a shape that I think will look good and smoke well.
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[[Image:mortacreation-design2.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Morta pipe design]]
 
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Design work for morta pipes is really little different from briar design, except that often the blocks are so much smaller that the range of available shapes is very limited.  One unique challenge of morta is the length of the blocks - often they are quite short and square rather than longer than they are wide, as with briar blocks. This can produce a very "shankless" look if one isn't careful, and can also put the tenon tip too near to the tobacco chamber without very precise drilling and fitting. I expect to produce a large number of morta pipes with bamboo shanks or other types of shank extension for the higher grades, to help overcome this visual stylistic limitation. Below I am holding various stem styles to the block to help visualize the look of the finished pipe, and thereby finding a shape that I think will look good and smoke well.
 
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[[Image:mortacreation-design.jpg|thumb|250|Morta design]]Finally I have a simple design that I think will look graceful, and I mark the drilling lines on the block and return to the bandsaw to make some pre-drilling cuts.
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[[Image:mortacreation-design.jpg|thumb|250|Morta design]]
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Finally I have a simple design that I think will look graceful, and I mark the drilling lines on the block and return to the bandsaw to make some pre-drilling cuts.
    
== Sawing ==
 
== Sawing ==

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