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#1 posted 08-09-2016 01:14 AM

I’m a pipe smoker, It has to breath first of all. Most manufactures use water based stain then carnauba wax. For some reason olive oil is recommended for cleaning them up I’ve used it as a finish. I wouldn’t use mineral oil you will taste it ughhh.. Also I’ve been trying to find some briar wood (actually a root) which is hands down the best wood for pipes. What type of wood are you using. Walnut was the choice before briar wood became more available. Never heard of cherry being used. But walnut would be my choice if you cant find briar. Has to be something that does not burn well=walnut. Oh, briar wood is from the root of a tree (?) that grows in the middle east also Italy that area. All good brand pipes are made from it, although I did make one from beech that was ok.

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