Here is an interesting project that I took on.
An antique pipe stand.
Well I had no idea there were pipes of this nature.
Well when this customer brought out this pipe, it was huge,
it had beautiful carvings on it and I thought it was ivory,
but it was actually carved out of a soft stone, and once completed,
is baked to cure it, but I may be wrong on that. part.
These types of pipes date back to the 18th century, though this
particular pipe if I remember correctly dates to the late 18 hundreds.
This type of pipe is called Meerschaum, and there are all kind of shapes and sizes with carvings from scenery to faces and what ever the artist could envision would go on these.
This particular pipe had never been smoked, but it was so ornate it deserved a unique base.
The base was made of Locally grown Walnut, wait Walnut doesn't grow here in Florida,
Your right, not very long and not very well, There were 3 Walnut trees planted in Dunnellon 70 years ago and they only achieved a height of 30' and a diameter of about 12".
This log I aquired because it became diseased and died.
It's too hot here and not enough dormant season, but it sure did yield beautiful wood.
More info on this era of pipe and pipe making can be found on line.
Dont forget to click on the picture to enlarge
Here is one link.
and yet another