Desert Ironwood Pipe

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Project by chicharon86 posted 04-23-2015 09:38 PM 2768 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this pipe was a difficult one to say the least, especially when you have the cheap tools that I have.

Desert Ironwood is one of my favorite woods; it has a beautiful golden hue when the light hits it just right and of course is one of the densest woods in the world, which makes well suited for my own personal tobacco combustion chamber.

I started the stummel not really knowing where I was going to take this pipe. After some time, I decided to give it a raised shank and extended olive wood stem with an ironwood mouthpiece. And let me tell you, making the tenon freehand and getting it flush with the mortice face is not fun.

All in all, I am pleased with the results. On to the next one!

-- ACS

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#1 posted 04-24-2015 11:53 AM

That looks great! I like the wood combo.

-- -- Andy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine

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#2 posted 04-24-2015 04:04 PM

I’ve heard that desert ironwood has an unpleasant smell when it gets hot, have noticed anything similar? I have a small piece that I intend to make into knife scales someday. Very nice-looking pipe, and I like the stand.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 04-25-2015 02:31 PM

good look’n pipes. great job.

-- Mack

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#4 posted 04-25-2015 06:17 PM

I haven’t smoked it yet. The smell is definitely not pleasant when you are gringin and sanding the wood, but we shall see. I’ll give it a try in a couple of weeks. I’m out of town right now. I hope it smokes well.

-- ACS

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