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Tooch

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03-18-2015 09:45 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question tobacco pipe cherry acrylic turning shaping

A buddy of mine likes to partake in smoking a pipe from time to time (the brown tobacco, not the green tobacco). In consideration of making a gift for his upcoming birthday, I was thinking about taking a shot at carving out a pipe and turning the mouthpiece on the lathe.

I have a piece of figured cherry that would work out just terrific, and I was considering using an Acrylic pen blank for the mouthpiece.

Has anyone attempted or succeeded in making something like this? I’m looking for any advice… What about the acrylic pen blanks? would those work or would they be considered to ”toxic”? Realizing that Toxic, of course, is a relative term anytime you’re talking about smoking or tobacco use….

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#1 posted 03-18-2015 10:34 AM

Here’s what I found: http://thepipeguys.com/how-to-make-a-smoking-pipe/

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#2 posted 03-18-2015 11:36 AM

On pipes you need to research Briar for the pipe part. It wont burn like a proper wood. Briar, if i remember from my smoking days, is a root from the Mediterranean areas.

Basically, nix the cherry idea. The pipe wont last. The way this works is that use of briar builds up a residue/ carbon deposite in the bowl which keep it from burning. This wouldnt work well with anything other than corn cob or Briar.

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#3 posted 03-18-2015 12:01 PM

Yeah, if you use cherry the pipe is likely to catch on fire.

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#4 posted 03-18-2015 02:45 PM

what about a coating (obviously not poly or any oil-based finish)>? is there some type of tar or something for the inside?

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#5 posted 03-18-2015 03:16 PM

the inside is finished via use. the burning of tobacco begins to form carbon deposits. A pipe smoker will use a tool to remove a slight bit of the carbon but would be furious if someone removed all the carbon. This is called seasoning a pipe. it takes quite some time for it to season well. Mine was just well broken in after a year and then my wife threw it out when my son was born.

The outside: I believe bees wax but research it.

EDIT: The taper of the pot matters. The aforementioned “tool” to clean the carbon is at a set angle (unless, like dad, you use your knife).

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