‘See Pipes Different’ Series: Project C – Michail Revyagin, Surfing The Wave Bulldog

‘See Pipes Different’ Series: Project C – Michail Revyagin, Surfing The Wave Bulldog

TobaccoDays (TD) is committed to showing you; the pipe-maker, the pipe collector, the pipe hobbyist – the pipe world from a different perspective. Every topic covered on TD aims to make you think different. Aims to make you see different. Anything & everything that we can bundle up together and have the final outcome alter an existing attitude on the subject covered, is considered a wonderful day here at TD.

Today we continue with this series which has the aim of highlighting, to our naked eyes, the beautiful & varied texture on our beloved pipes. Yes, we hold our pipes, caress them, enjoy them & smoke them day in and day out.

Do we ever miss some of the small details though? Can we look at them any deeper? Of course we can.

To assist that process, I went out and hired a professional photographer (high-speed camera, strobe lights, big set-up & all) and took macro pictures of pipes to focus on their surface, their texture. The next phase of the project required me to find a way to express the beauty of the pipe’s surface. Since I lack any skill in the photo shop arena, I went out and hired a professional graphic designer and together we art-directed the project and took it to it’s final stages. The question of – How do we show the beauty of the pipe’s surface & make sure that we ‘really see it’ was the one thing guiding this project. While the pipe’s surrounding’s are definitely photo-shopped, the actual surface of the pipe remains 100% untouched.

You are looking at a small macro section of a Bulldog pipe designed by Michail Revyagin. The shape has a visual quality that resembles a surf-board. Specifically on the under-side of this pipe. As seen in this image. Using the surf-board concept as inspiration, I asked the talented graphic artist to incorporate a surfer into the piece. Obviously the photographer took the shot from an angle that highlights a strong lip on the pipe. This lip resembles a wave and it is that wave that gives the surfer a somewhat natural home.

Surfing a piece of briar is normal don’t you think?

The second image is placing the pipe in a beach-like environment which I find rather tranquil & pleasant.

All of the pipes from this series which include a JT Cooke sandblast & a Dunhill Patent pipe from 1917 are available for download in two sizes.

1. Very Large Files that will produce decent sized Posters.
2. Smaller Files, suitable for use as Desktop Screen Savers.

Feel free to download these files and place them inside the pipe smoking area of your home or other suitable space.
To download the files, please visit the TobaccoDays Flickr Page, found here.

To give you an idea of how beautiful these images can be either printed out on paper or placed on your desktop, scroll down to see an image with size 2040 x 1012, 1/3rd the maximum size.


Upon visiting the link, each image is marked either ‘Large File’ or ‘Desktop Computer Screen Saver’.  Click on the image and in the lower right corner you will see three consecutive dots (. . .), click on them, a menu will appear and you should select ‘Download/All Sizes’ & you are taken to a page showing you the various sizes available for that image. Select a suitable size for your needs by clicking on it & at top of page you can click download and that is what will happen.

If you have any difficulty downloading, feel free to send me an email by clicking here. I am happy to help.

I do hope you enjoy looking at & displaying these pictures as much as I did producing them.

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  1. Richard Friedman - February 19, 2014

    Missing the details…I use 125 halogen lights and Eschenbach magnifiers when I am finishing my pipes. It is so easy to miss fine tool marks or scratches on the surface. Even then, when I take my pictures, using an f2.8 45mm macro lens, I often see scratches that I missed. Good photographs can be used in pipe making to “proof read’ the pipe and make sure it has been properly joined and sanded.

    • David M. - February 19, 2014

      All good points Richard and thank you for adding them.
      You have several tools in your photographic arsenal that I have never even heard of. Eschenbach magnifiers! Wow. That’s some serious ‘Eschenbach’ness’! :)
      And in detail to your point, yes, the closer you get with the macro shot the more detail you see and the more imperfection is exposed.

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