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Forum topic by Evangogh posted 08-08-2016 10:05 PM 290 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Evangogh

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08-08-2016 10:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood type exotic pipe smoking question cherry walnut

A friend of mine wants me to make him a few smoking pipes and I had a question…

Is butchers block oil safe to use? My gut tells me no, so I got some mineral oil I can use instead if needed.

Side note: Any wood recommendations would be greatly appreciated! So far I’m gravitating towards cherry and walnut.

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nightguy

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#1 posted 08-08-2016 10:19 PM

All finishes are food safe as long as they dont have Lead in them and are fully cured. Butcher block oil is most like a form of/or/ and Mineral Oil. In the US and Canada lead is banned in all consumer finishes.

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AandCstyle

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#2 posted 08-08-2016 10:26 PM

Evan, I can’t imagine that any wood finish is more toxic than tobacco smoke, but any finish, once it is fully cured, is non-toxic. Will you attempt to finish the inside of the stem as well? If not, some woods are allergens as can be seen here. Good luck with your project.

-- Art

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nightguy

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#3 posted 08-08-2016 11:41 PM



Evan, I can t imagine that any wood finish is more toxic than tobacco smoke, but any finish, once it is fully cured, is non-toxic. Will you attempt to finish the inside of the stem as well? If not, some woods are allergens as can be seen here. Good luck with your project.

- AandCstyle

Only if you inhale, and Billy C said he did not!!!LOL

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#4 posted 08-09-2016 01:14 AM

I’m a pipe smoker, It has to breath first of all. Most manufactures use water based stain then carnauba wax. For some reason olive oil is recommended for cleaning them up I’ve used it as a finish. I wouldn’t use mineral oil you will taste it ughhh.. Also I’ve been trying to find some briar wood (actually a root) which is hands down the best wood for pipes. What type of wood are you using. Walnut was the choice before briar wood became more available. Never heard of cherry being used. But walnut would be my choice if you cant find briar. Has to be something that does not burn well=walnut. Oh, briar wood is from the root of a tree (?) that grows in the middle east also Italy that area. All good brand pipes are made from it, although I did make one from beech that was ok.

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bonesbr549

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#5 posted 08-09-2016 12:56 PM

When I was young and stupid I smoked. Cherry was my fav pipe most was no finish on inside, and lacquer on the outside.

Irony about a smoking and worrying about toxic don’t ya think :)

It will taste bad if there’s a finish on the inside.

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Evangogh

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#6 posted 08-09-2016 07:01 PM

Thanks for all the tips, they’ve all been a great help!

-- Turn on, brothers and sisters!!!

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