For nearly two decades, Sidrit Vaqari has perfected the art of wood carving. He’s made amazingly intricate wood sculpture pipes that often take the form of mystical creatures and characters from movies and pop culture.
Aside from the occasional Star Wars character, such as Darth Maul, or Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean, Sidrit’s main focus is sculpturing pipes inspired by the Lord of the Ring’s & Hobbit trilogies; he’s a huge fan of both movies.
“Lord of the Rings & the Hobbit are my favourites. I love Gandalf!”
In fact, Gandalf—who smokes a pipe a lot in the movies—happens to be his main inspiration for creating these beautiful pipes.
Each sculpture starts life as a solid piece of wood before he begins carving them out; a process that can take up to 250 hours per piece. Sidrit uses materials like 50 year old briarwood to make his realistic looking creations. He claims that because this type of wood is old and strong, it makes for a good choice when carving.
The wood is then turned into elaborate and impressive smoking pipe. Watch the video below to view Sidrit’s latest piece from start to finish. It depicts Smaug, the dragon from the mountain in the Hobbit movies. To see more of his work make sure to check out his Instagram.
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