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Hand Carved Stand for an Iverson

I was commissioned to create a pipe stand for a customer with a Lars Iverson free hand. Little did I know, that this stand would be the most challenging I had ever designed. I was sent a casting of the pipe and away I went.

Ideas that were discussed were Corinthian and Doric columns.

What I was hoping to create was an organic form that would speak about the columns of antiquity. I wanted to have echo’s of the egg and dart shapes that often run along the pediments of classic buildings. The curves were the most important detail. I did not want them to be identical, nor did I want them to look mass produced. Since this piece was symmetrical, I had quite the job ahead.

The wood I chose was Myrtle Burl. Myrtle Burl has a nice heft to it. It also has a nice dark to light pattern. My customer was defiantly part of the inception, carving and finish process, as you can see in the pictures.


Jennifer Rinaldi

I took a good look at the grain pattern

Here it is with the Iverson casting

Side view

It's getting smoother ... I'll keep sanding

More sanding

Curves are emerging ... looking good


Shown with my husband Jon's Freehand

Hi Jen! It’s about a quarter to five and I just received and unwrapped the pipe stand.  It’s awesome!  Love the whimsical carving, which makes it look almost as if it grew into that shape.  No machine-turned radiuses (radii?) that would make it look mass-produced.  The curves roll forth in a natural way, and the finish is positively the smoothest I have ever felt.   You can see the smoothness of the finish, but you have to run your fingers over it to comprehend just how silky it really is.  And without varnish, shellac, artificial sealer, etc.  It’s the kind of hand-rubbed finish you just don’t see anymore.The stand fits the pipe as if it were MADE for it!   (That’s a joke; don’t take offense.)   Seriously, the pipe just snugs down in the recess perfectly.  Total, custom-made job.The Myrtle worked out beautifully too.  Love the veins of light and dark that appear everywhere through it.  Many thanks!I know it’ll be a long time before you get to it, but I’m sending the lion castings and one of the pipe.  It, too, is a bent Dublin shape; not so different from this one.  The “pipe” I cast in plaster is just the bottom of the bowl and most of the shank – I simply made a mold of the part that will contact the pipe rest, basically.Again Jen, many many thanks for the countless hours of painstaking work.  Big, big payoff in beauty and quality!

Best,  Mike

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