Pipe Making #1: Lathe work

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Blog entry by Rick M. posted 152 days ago 823 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Normally one would use well seasoned wood but I have these pear offcuts and decided to turn them green, dry, then touch up as necessary.

Started by making and printing a design for a poker style pipe. Cut down a block, glued on the pattern and mounting on lathe. I really had no idea how big it should be so I found a one for sale and copied the measurements. Seems fairly hefty to me but what the heck do I know, never owned or smoked a pipe.

In the last pic you can see the airway ended up about 1/8” off center inside the bowl, hopefully that doesn’t affect how it smokes. This one I free hand drilled, next time I’ll either drill it on the lathe or use the drill press.

Sanding was probably a waste of time since I still need to carve the bottom and boil to dry but it only took a few minutes. I’ll post more updates as they happen.

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#1 posted 152 days ago

That first pic where you show the lines for the stem, I thought UhOh, that stem is gonna be off-center. But I see you cut wide of your line.

Looking good so far!

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#2 posted 152 days ago

Very interesting. Will be waiting for part 2. What is this boil to dry method?

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#3 posted 152 days ago

Turners discovered that if you boil green wood it will almost eliminate cracking and other defects that come with drying and the wood dries about 50% faster than just air drying alone. Rule of thumb is to boil for 1 hour per inch of wall thickness so in this case at least 30 minutes. I haven’t actually tried it yet so this will be a test.

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#4 posted 151 days ago

Looks good so far. I have a large bag of pear about 25 years old, but I don’t know anyone who smokes.

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#5 posted 150 days ago

nice job Rick!

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