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Project by Pooka posted 04-30-2009 04:59 AM 1973 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a briar pipe I made. The color is a turquoise aniline dye. Complicated project because it’s construction is comprise of three mortise-and-tenon joints on the stem. You can see the ebonite ring in the first picture, which has a tenon on each end, inserted into the briar both directions. The bit end also has a tenon inserted into the wood (called a shank-extension). The top is the outside of the briar burl (plateaux). Finally, the little foot on there is set up so that the whole pipe balances on it.

The cool thing I learned about this pipe (in addition to figuring out how to get these mortise-tenon sets straight along with the required air-hole running clean through) is that briar can be wire brushed as if it was sand-blasted to relieve the grain. So there’s a subtle texture to the wood.

-- Slice, whack, smack, bang bang, sploosh, scrape, done.

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#1 posted 04-30-2009 06:43 AM

Nice, I love the color. Can you show more angles?


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#2 posted 04-30-2009 07:46 AM

Unfortunately, I got a slew of bad shots when I took the old camera to this pipe. I guess I’ll have to get the new camera out and set up another studio. I have a MUCH better cam now than the one that took these pics.

-- Slice, whack, smack, bang bang, sploosh, scrape, done.

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#3 posted 04-30-2009 10:37 AM

This is very cool! So do you sell these or is it just for personal use? I can’t imagine too many people smoke a pipe anymore. Do you use anything inside the bowl yo keep it from burning?

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#4 posted 04-30-2009 03:52 PM

I have sold a few of them, but mostly my pipes are gifts or personal. There is a pretty large community of pipe-smokers and crafters out there.

Briar doesn’t burn up easily. Smoking the pipe also builds up a carbon layer in the bowl, acting as insulation.

-- Slice, whack, smack, bang bang, sploosh, scrape, done.

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#5 posted 04-30-2009 05:10 PM

Beautiful pipe. Great looking art whether it’s used or not.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 05-02-2009 07:44 PM

Very nice Pipe most interesting joinery. It would be cool to see the seperate peices. Well done.

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