This Artist Spends Countless Hours Carving Smoking Pipes To Make Them Look Like His Favorite Movie Characters

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All artists have their favorite medium. Sidrit Vaqari has been a sculptor for nearly 20 years and his passion is realistic looking smoking pipes. Each is modeled after an epic movie character.
Vaqari says that Gandalf, from “The Lord of the Rings,” is his biggest inspiration.
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Briarwood

Vaqari uses materials such as this 50 year old briarwood to make his realistic looking creations.
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Old and Strong

He says that this type of wood is old and strong, which makes it a good choice for carving.
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Only Knives

Vaqari says that he only uses knives to do his carvings.
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A Month of Work

It took about a month to get this far on his pipe, but Vaqari says it’s almost finished.
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Arrow for a Tamper

Vaqari also carved an intricate arrow that can be used as a tamper for the pipe.
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Gimli, Son of Gloin

This is another pipe inspired by a movie and that is nearing completion.
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Gandalf Pipe

Vaqari reports that Gandalf is one of his favorite characters and has given him quite a bit of inspiration.
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Davy Jones

It takes an average of about 250 hours for Vaqari to complete each of his designs.
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Darth Maul with Gimli

The more epic the character, the higher the chance that Vaqari will take the time to make a carving of him or her.
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Really Difficult

Though all of his work is detailed, Vaqari says this pipe was one of the most difficult.
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Darth Maul

Here’s another peek at the incredible amount of work that goes into one of these pipes.
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Gandalf the White

This is more proof that Gandalf has a prominent place in Vaqari’s work.
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The Pipe Team

Vaqari calls this collection of recreations of Michelangelo his Pipe Team.
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