Finish for tobacco pipes

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Blog entry by bigDutch511 posted 07-20-2015 03:32 AM 938 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I have a question I really need answering to. Is it possible to use salad bowl finish on a tobacco pipe? I want to keep the natural color of the wood I used, but just using wax isnt making it pop like I would want it to. I know there are other finishes I could use, but can I just use salad bowl finish? Would it stand up to the heat? Thanks for helping

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#1 posted 07-20-2015 01:10 PM

Most professional pipe makers use carnauba wax as a finish. I would hesitate to use salad bowl finish since I think it has some amount of a polyurethane-like substance, which might crack and peel under heat.

If wax isn’t getting you the pop you desire, you might just have to sand to a higher grit. I’ve made a couple of pipes, and I found that sanding up to a ridiculously-high grit really helps. I made one out of olive wood that I sanded with one of those packs of graduated ultra-fine sanding sponges. It turned out buttery smooth and shiny.


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