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Project by Ben Miller posted 08-22-2011 at 06:56 PM 2762 views 13 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first shot at a smoking pipe and it was not nearly as difficult as I had imagined. Although this is a pretty low brow pipe, I did have a really good time making this. It started out as a block of briar that I ordered from PIMO and I whittled it down to rough shape with a knife and rasp, then final shape with quite a bit of sanding. Once all of that was done, I used alcohol based stain (medium walnut) applied with a pipe cleaner. The final step is buffing it with a flannel buffing disk attached to my drill press. Buffed with carnauba wax and Tripoli buffing compound.

Pretty happy with the results and am ready to take this thing on it’s maiden voyage.





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Woodbutchery

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#1 posted 08-22-2011 at 07:58 PM

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-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#2 posted 08-22-2011 at 08:13 PM

I have never made a ppe. You sure did a dandy job on your first one.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 08-22-2011 at 08:28 PM

Nice job on the pipe and thanks for the progress photos!

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

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#4 posted 08-22-2011 at 08:56 PM

Very cool… I’ve been saying for years that I’m going to make a pipe . Great job.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#5 posted 08-22-2011 at 09:14 PM

Boy that is pretty! Nice work!!

I’ve got a pipe blank that I should do something with. Where did you get the stem?

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#6 posted 08-23-2011 at 05:04 AM

Ben, thanks for a cool project to challenge us all.

HEY GLEN,
http://www.pimopipecraft.com/round.html
This site has a lot of how-to info and pricing.
This looks like a fun project.

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

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#7 posted 08-23-2011 at 06:13 AM

That’s an excellent job on that pipe, Ben.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 08-23-2011 at 06:31 AM

Nice job, I was wondering where I would get pipe “stuff” from. Thanks for posting.

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

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Ben Miller

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#9 posted 08-23-2011 at 07:15 AM

All – yes, PIMO Pipe Craft (http://www.pimopipecraft.com) is where I got all of the supplies for this project. Now that I have all of the necessary tools, the cost for the next one should just be the block of pre-drilled briar, which runs about $25.

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ohwoodeye

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#10 posted 08-23-2011 at 08:12 AM

Nice woodworking…......quit smoking.
Sincerely,
Concerned Lumberjock Friend.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#11 posted 08-23-2011 at 11:01 AM

That is so cool! I don’t smoke but i love the way pipes are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing I might have to give it a try! Thanks again, Great work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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rance

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#12 posted 08-23-2011 at 11:20 AM

Nice job. So why do a lot of pipe makers use Briar?

I don’t smoke, and I don’t really want to promote the use of tobacco, but I think it would be sorta cool to make one. I could just use it for size references in pics. like Mafe does.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Ben Miller

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#13 posted 08-23-2011 at 11:58 AM

Here is a good description of the use of briarwood in pipe making.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoking_pipe_(tobacco)#Briar

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rance

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#14 posted 08-23-2011 at 12:12 PM

Interesting reading Ben. Thanks.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#15 posted 01-04-2012 at 10:23 AM

Beautiful job, Ben.

-- Peace in Wood ~ http://dustynewt.com/

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