The first of hopefully a pair of pipes including possibly a Balrog pipe, Treebeard is my favorite pipe by far. As a casual browsing of my pipes will reveal, I have a special interest in carving earthy, Lord of the Rings, root-themed pipes, and with Treebeard I feel like I have taken my conception of all of that up a few notches. These pictures do not do justice to this pipe, or the extra detail I tried to incorporate. With Treebeard, I decided to make the stem an extension of the theme of the rest of the pipe, rather than just make it smooth. I tried to make the knobs look like old branches that had broken off, and studied quite a few images of gnarly bark to get Treebeard’s bark the way I envisioned. It isn’t an exact replica of Treebeard as portrayed in the films, but it certainly captures the essence of that design. There will be more images of Treebeard in a couple of weeks as I’ll be carving a stand for this pipe.