Anyway back to the forum on hand, i prefer oak because its the easiest to manipulate after you soak it… also, the branches have good diameter and also a nice curvature for the bowl. Tobacco blend, humidity, altitude, ambient temperature, pace of puffing, pipe shape, pipe materials and pipe condition are just a few factors that affect the smoker’s experience. By filling the pipe in 3 even parts, you will find that keeping a pipe lit is fairly simple. Just make sure it’s going to intercept your pipehole and drill it out with a small bit. If the walls are near enough to each end to use a small drill bit for this, by all means do it – if they are not, I found that cutting a wire coat hanger at an angle creating a sharp point will make a serviceable hand drill when enough pressure is applied, and is twisted in a drilling motion.
The sleekly designed pipes are perfect for travel seeing as how they can fold down into small squares that don’t really resemble a pipe. But I have developed a method of shaping a pipe that relies on a few simple hand tools, and the following build-along is the kind of information I wish I had had when I made my first pipe. We’d find some the right size, take them home, remove the bark, size them to the stem hole and then with a wire ream out the core.
When you have applied wax to all the surfaces, rub the pipe quickly and immediately put it into the water, which should be cold and will quickly cool the pipe and set the wax. If possible, shape the pipe with the stem installed so you can see how the two will look together. Start with the 1/4 drill bit — the bit should be long enough to drill a little past the middle of the bowl when drilling from the back. These are good smoking pipes that give you the chance to experience a quality smoke.
SK- I met Alex Florov through my girlfriends father, and got lucky enough to be invited to learn to make pipes with him. The pipe for my project totaled around $100…it will differ because for custom cut pieces, I had to buy pipe in four 10 ft. lengths (which is what they cut/thread for me). If you stick with the habit, ask a fellow smoker for help identifying the signs of a dirty pipe. My wife bought me this as a Christmas gift and I absolutely love it. All I need to carve my first pipe. Hold the stem in that position and run it under the cold water to set the bend.
After the bowl has been drilled, measure the depth on the outside at the spot where you want the stem. Since Wood Stave Pipe is shipped unassembled, the cost of shipping the pipe to the installation site can be a tenth of other materials. Now, using your finger, press the tobacco down into the bottom third of the bowl. The bowls of tobacco pipes are commonly made of briar wood, meerschaum, corncob or clay. Also I’m surprised your local smoke shop didn’t have something like a Missouri Meerschaum cob pipe most shops have em en mass.
I drilled the stem hole first, then matchrd up the bowl hole to it, then filed the excess away. If you need to sneak a puff and can’t work with glass types this is an easy storage, smooth smoking Answer to No Smoking work environment. This continued for the best part of a year, my own collection increasing dramatically both in terms of pipes and tobacco.
I carve with the grain and play with the sub-categories of grain in a block to make the most aesthetically pleasing and best smoking pipe I can. Make sure that your hand is in frequent contact with the pipe bowl to monitor for hot spots. Drilling through the pith will ensure your drill bit takes the path of least resistance and doesn’t go out the side of the branch. This tradition continues today; just visit any college campus and you are bound to find some fraternity brothers toking a wooden smoking pipe after one guy proposed a bet on the next big football game!
If your drilling starts off askew from the lines you’ve drawn on the block, the error will be magnified at the end, so make sure to take your time with this (or just buy a pre-drilled pipe-kit!). Press your stem into the cob and line up the hole in the stem with the hole in the pith (you may need to shave off small portions of the stem to get a proper fit). There is a big difference in what pipe shapes and sizes Europeans like, and what we like in the US. Although I love the work of Danish pipe makers, their style is subtle and quiet. Matches , or separately lit slivers of wood are often considered preferable to lighters because of lower burning temperature.
Do a couple of bowls, and enjoy it. Make it a habit right away to clean your pipe after smoking, preferably before it cools down and the ash gets all stinky and sour. Just imagine taking a block of wood, shaping it perfectly, seeing remarkable grain, and then, right when you’re doing the fine sanding, a nasty looking hole about the size of a b-b shows up. And if the blemish is in the wrong place or too deep, you can’t even salvage it by rusticating or sandblasting the pipe.
This information on how to draw a smoking pipe using Adobe Photoshop is very useful. If you smoke the pipe in a strong wind it gets much more air and can burn through the back of the bowl. I also sandblast in a home built set up that was a very costly setup but a necessary one to evolve as a pipe maker. The most important principal I have found with making wood non filtered pipes is keep your holes even. A single piece pipe will require a long drill bit to reach the bowl from the mouth end of the pipe.