Pipe making 101

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Blog entry by Farrout posted 08-05-2013 11:27 PM 1363 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been a pipe smoker for many years. Good pipes are expensive, minimum $60.
I saw a post I think here on LJ about making pipes.
Sounded like a good idea.
I bought a pre drilled block of briar with fitted mouth piece from Amazon.
Here is a before and after pic.

I’m looking for a good dark stain for the briar. Any suggestions?

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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#1 posted 08-06-2013 05:59 AM

Wow you can get anything from amazon.
Your pipe is looking good, I never made one but it does look like it would be a fun project.
As far as stains go, I like American Walnut or Dark Mahogany…not sure what it would look like on Briar wood.
Why is Briar wood the wood of choice for pipe making?

-- Vince

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#2 posted 08-06-2013 06:27 AM
Here is “how it’s made” showing pipe making may be good for ideas.
Say’s briar is used due to being fire proof. It may darken with finish but, would be careful stain could be nasty when charred or heated.

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#3 posted 08-06-2013 10:48 AM

Well, the video just show’s it being buffed with a compound.
I’ll have to learn more about that.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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#4 posted 08-06-2013 01:05 PM

I used to be fairly active at this forum. There should be more than enough information there to get you where you need to go.

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#5 posted 02-13-2014 04:51 PM

Sorry for the late reply. I find leather dyes are the accepted coloring for pipes. I did a pipe making seminar last year, and that’s all they had. I’ll have to upload the pictures of my process.

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