|Project by TheWoodenOyster||posted 02-19-2013 07:43 AM||1379 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
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