Briar Pipe

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Project by groy87 posted 09-24-2010 03:24 AM 2402 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing how trifern dyed his pieces and the pipes that Alaskadiver made..I had to give it a try :).

The pipe was hand carved with a dremel tool and I used multiple layers of alcohol based stains to bring out the grain.

I have to say that I really like how the pipe came out..especially since it represents multiple ‘firsts’ for me. This is the 1st pipe that I’ve ever made, the 1st time I have ever attempted contrast staining, and the 1st time I have ever used the buffing system to finish one of my pieces.

I want to thank everyone who put up with all of my questions while I made the pipe.

ps sorry about the poor picture quality, since I don’t have a digital camera they were taken with my phone.

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#1 posted 09-24-2010 03:32 AM

It is a beauty!!!!! That bowl looks awfully clean – time to burn it a little.

Great job.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 09-24-2010 03:46 AM

Wow! Sure looks like you did a great job. The picture quality is good, especially for a phone.

I don’t smoke, but I always loved the smell of a pipe. I hope you enjoy it!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 09-24-2010 06:37 AM

Beautiful work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 09-24-2010 07:32 AM

Looks like a 45 minute smoker at least. Nice job. Don’t forget to season the bowl with navy rum to break it in.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#5 posted 09-24-2010 07:38 AM

This is really quite a beauty! It looks like it will be a pleasure to hold and smoke.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 09-24-2010 01:08 PM

Thats a so nice pipe, congratulations.
I allways dreamd to me a pipe, one day I must!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 09-24-2010 02:35 PM

Awesome pipe. What kind of finish did you use for a top coat?

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#8 posted 09-24-2010 02:47 PM

Rob W: I used tripoli polish and carnauba wax.

I plan on making another one and when I do I’ll probably post the whole process in a blog. Partially to give back to LJ in any way that I can and partially so I can remember what I did lol.

Thanks for all the interest and support!

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#9 posted 09-24-2010 09:24 PM

well done, excellent birdseye pattern in your briar. Did you make the stem as well or go with the preformed like I’m relegated to without having a lathe handy?

-- "Nothing is worse than a brilliant picture of a fuzzy concept"--Ansel Adams

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#10 posted 09-24-2010 10:41 PM

Niiiiiice! I would love to make my own pipe. Where did you get the briar? What else could be used?

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#11 posted 09-24-2010 11:47 PM

alaskadiver: Part of the stem was preformed but I had to shape the majority of the stem by hand with a dremel tool.

Div: I purchased a pre-bored briar kit from as for alternative material I am not too sure. All i know is that in most cases briar is the preferred material of choice. If you’re interested I suggest looking at there’s a lot of really good information for anyone who wants to make a pipe.

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#12 posted 09-25-2010 12:22 AM

aah thats a buty, congrat´s with the result
hope you will burn it well and it will give you many good advices over the years

take care

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#13 posted 10-05-2011 04:04 PM

oh man thats beautiful! I am always terrified to try staining things. Every time I do I stink it up. haha. Thats great work though man. And I also saw where you’re an M.E. Im workin on that too. Im just taking mechanics of materials and thermo and all that. :)

-- Visit my Etsy site to see my burl wood jewelry at

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#14 posted 10-05-2011 04:19 PM

S2artDesigns: Thanks. The staining process is actually very easy and since I use an alcohol base dye, it doesn’t penetrate very deep so if I make a mistake I can easily sand it down and start over. It just takes a bit of time though because you have to layer the stains.

I can send you the same procedure that alaskadiver gave me if you’re interested.

I’m currently getting my masters in Mech Engineering but I can vividly remember taking those classes as well. As you probably know woodworking REALLLYYY helps you relax after pulling an all-nighter to finish HW

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