Maple Burl Pipe

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Project by TheWoodenOyster posted 02-19-2013 07:43 AM 2308 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this project last Christmas for my brother-in-law. It was a fun, small project that I was able to take over to Germany to give give to him on Christmas.

I had been tinkering with some tobacco pipe ideas in my head and had done some research on the best woods to use. I didn’t want to use the traditional briar wood because of the price and the availability. I read that close-pored and dense woods were good woods for tobacco pipes. I decided on maple burl because it was available and I was somewhat familiar with maple from another project I was working on.

I cut the basic shape out on a band saw and then set to work with a belt sander, some files, and sandpaper. I went with the organic shape because I saw some pipes by Erik Nording and figured I would give that sort of form a try. I did all or the shaping with files and a belt sander. I sanded it down and burnished it with 1500 grit. I finished it with a beeswax and mineral oil mixture.

I decided to do this project about 3 days before we hopped on the plane for Germany, so I was pretty limited on time. It took about 10 or 15 hours, but it was a lot of fun to make and even more fun to give.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#1 posted 02-19-2013 01:24 PM

Very Beautiful Pipe! Very Nice gift too…
I think you did an Amazing job!!
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#2 posted 02-20-2013 12:04 AM

Great job. I never thought of using a maple burl. It looks like a broad pipe taken right from the root of a Heath tree! Nice

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#3 posted 02-20-2013 05:28 PM

Like the interesting design and the beautiful wood. A great and special gift. Well done!

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#4 posted 05-27-2017 06:45 PM

It is beautiful and I bet it is a good smoker!

-- We should take the time to woodwork. After all it is our time.

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