Carving a pipe - smoke signals to US.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 07-26-2013 05:58 PM 2799 reads 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Carving a pipe
Smoke signals.

Some time ago I had visitor in my shop, Eric the artist and traveler.
You can read about that here: .

Just before his visit I had bought some vintage pipes and found out both Eric and I have a love for beautiful things.
So I ordered two predrilled pipe heads and two mouthpieces, it was the idea that we should have worked on them in my shop, but time was short, so it became a farvel gift, one for Eric and one for me.
Then we agreed, that we would finish them and hopefully one day, to meet Again to smoke them.

Last month Eric send me a mail with this Photo attached.
He finished his pipe.
Beautiful I think, really elegant and in balance with the mouthpiece.

Before starting I made a Little cutting with the drawknife, a hold for the cutting.

Like this.

So it was time for me to get started, a beautiful day, sun and a smile on my lip.
I cut the first rough out on the band saw (even I felt like cheating).

From here it was just to start cutting.

And carving on the bench in the sun outside the shop.

Few hours later I was ready to test smoke it.
It has a wonderful draft.

Here it is resting on my wonderful new plane, ash on ash…

I made cutting into the mouthpiece also, to make the rustic surface match.


Added my burn mark.

Oil and Wax finish.
Might get some more coats once in a while.

Only rubbed by hand, since I wanted the carving marks to be clear and crisp and the Wear to become visible in time.

This might become a new favorite.

Thank you for watching my pipe adventure.

Hope this can bring some inspiration, perhaps some smoke rings.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 07-26-2013 06:02 PM

Very sweet. Looks like a fun project.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 07-26-2013 06:38 PM

Very Nice pipes Mads. I like the way you left the carving marks on yours. The hand planes are great too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 07-26-2013 07:26 PM

Nice one Mads! Thank you for sharing!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#4 posted 07-26-2013 07:32 PM

Nice looking pipe! The rustic carving is spot on.

-- I never finish anyth

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 07-26-2013 08:21 PM

What a great way to remember a visit


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 07-26-2013 08:22 PM

This makes me want to make a pipe and start smoking, very nice work

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 07-26-2013 08:37 PM

Nice carving job, Mads. how does it smoke?


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 07-26-2013 08:57 PM

Great story Mads.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#9 posted 07-26-2013 08:59 PM

great pipe

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#10 posted 07-26-2013 09:35 PM

so mads, if someone doesnt smoke, would it work with bubble gum…:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 07-26-2013 09:44 PM

Looks like some good smokers

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#12 posted 07-27-2013 12:40 AM

What a beauty! I can almost smell the wonderful aroma of pipe tobacco!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 07-27-2013 11:47 AM

Any suggestions on where to buy parts, stems mostly for pipe making?
I did a quick search and nothing caught my eye as a great place to buy parts. Lots of stoner sites but not much for tobacco smokers.

Great post btw, thanks

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#14 posted 07-29-2013 08:36 PM

Great story Mads!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#15 posted 08-02-2013 11:01 AM

Hi guys,
Mauricio, smiles here.
Snowdog, since I am a Dane, I will expect my dealer to be to expensive… But know he has international orders too.
Lew, and I promise you there is a wonderful smell here when I smoke it.
Roger, ;-)
Grizz, no boubble gum in my pipe, laugh, perhaps you can make one for soap bubbles…
Eddie, ;-)
Andy, you are missed in CPH.
Jim, it smokes really well, I am quite sure it will become a favourite, the relatively big head keeps it nice and cold.
Gibernak, just don’t inhale and smoke to often.
Jamie, yes that sure is a good memory pipe.
Philip, thank you, a real woodnerd pipe.
Woodenfrog, smiles.
Stefang, the handplanes are quite cool pipe holders. ;-)
Wayne, and sure is, it was really a joy.
Best thoughts from the Danish summer,

Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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