Cherrywood Pipe

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Project by Justin posted 02-18-2010 05:10 AM 3182 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In response to Gary in my Hello post: This is one of the pipes I have made. It’s cherrywood with a vulcanite stem. I cut the main shape on the bandsaw and detailed it with a coping saw. Then I refined further with a rotary. Sanded to 600 and buffed with tripoli. It’s one of my workhorse pipes so it’s very scuffed from use. The stand was a piece of scrap olivewood from another pipe I made. I’ll be making another one soon so I’ll be sure to post that when I’m done.

-- I'm into rough carpentry, are you?

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#1 posted 02-18-2010 09:02 AM

Thanks for the explaination Justin. Nice work. Looks good. I used to smoke a pipe YEARS ago. I always likes the small bowl.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 02-18-2010 07:48 PM

If I may ask, how does it keep from burning the wood up? Seems like after awhile you’d end up burning more than the tobacco.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#3 posted 02-18-2010 08:21 PM

Very nice…

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#4 posted 02-18-2010 08:42 PM

Well there are a few forces at play when smoking a pipe to keep it from burning the wood. The first being the natural resins in the wood that prevent burning. However these are more prevalent in other “pipe” woods, mainly briar. Second when you finish a pipe or buy a brand new one you must go through a process of breaking it in to build up a cake. The cake is composed of carbon, ash, and residue from the tobacco that is a very effective insulator and moisture absorber. Depending on the wood and the pipe the breaking in process can vary from 10-20 bowls. It can take a while as a pipe should be rested for at least 48 hours before smoking again. This does not apply to clay, corncob, or meerschaum. Your far more likely to crack a pipe in half with an overbuilt cake than you are of ever burning through the wood. Hope that helps Bradford. And thanks for the comments!

-- I'm into rough carpentry, are you?

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#5 posted 02-19-2010 07:01 PM

I’ve only used briar in pipe making, how would you say cherry smokes in comparision? Did you make the stem yourself or get a pre cut one from a supplier? Look foward to more posts.

-- "Nothing is worse than a brilliant picture of a fuzzy concept"--Ansel Adams

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#6 posted 02-19-2010 11:43 PM

That’s a precut stem. Cherry smokes very well in comparison to briar. Though unlike the nutty flavor of briar, cherry definitly smokes sweeter. It is very lovely with a nice latakia or english blend. I have also made pipes out of olivewood and for the first couple of smokes it definitly tastes of olive oil. It’s very nice.

-- I'm into rough carpentry, are you?

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