Introduction: DIY Gandalf's Pipe.

Try the Gandalf Style !!
As you all know the Pipeweed its so rare, so In order to enjoy the good taste of Tobacco I made an enjoyable article that helps to relax in the long journeys by the Forest.
Its gifts time and I was wondering how to surprise  a friend of mine that loves the Lord of the Rings Saga and of course the new movie The Hobbits and why not make another one for me.

Step 1: Stuff.

Stuff:
Walnut Seed.
Drill.
Big drill bit.
Dremel.
Sand Paper.
Thin Holed Branches.
Varnish.

Step 2: Tobacco Chamber.

For the Tobacco chamber I used a Black Walnut Seed from my granpa's backyard.I used a big drill Bit to make a hole carefully that doesn't break the seed.Then put the seed in the Drill and start to sand with rough sand paper then with thin Sand paper, until, the surface take a smooth looking.Finnally I open on the side of the seed a hole where the stem is glued with Wood Glue.When the stem is sticked and after a couple of hours when the glue has dryed I applied Clear Varnish.

Step 3: Stem.

This is on the tricki side because I just dont know what kind of branch I find in the forest that was with a hole in all the branches.I just remove the interior with a wire and remove the inside parts of the branches.Apply Varnish once the Chamber and stem are glued together.

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balderd (author)2016-06-13

Try tagua nut (aka vegetable ivory) for the bowl.

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Mr.Sanchez (author)balderd2016-06-28

I did...but in my country its so expensive and rare.

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balderd (author)Mr.Sanchez2016-06-28

It is fairly easy to find here in Canada. I could arrange to ship you some if you would like.

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JayC113 (author)2016-06-09

Try using hardwood for the stem. Drill the center and place an opened wire coat hanger in the drilled hole. Wrap a length of twine length wise from hole to hole. twist a long bolt in one side of the twine. Soak the stem in water for a few days. After soaking take the stem out twist the bolt a few more times, and place back in the water. Repeat this until you have the desired curve, then place in a dehydrator on low until moisture is gone. Remove twine and wire from stem, then carve to desired shape.

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Jake_Makes (author)2014-12-11

Try bamboo with a heat gun to curve the stem.

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wrongperson (author)Jake_Makes2016-02-17

Tried it. Don't work as well

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bcavaciuti (author)2013-12-28

elderberry branches and leaves contain forms of cyanide, that im pretty sure could get into you if you smoked a lot from the pipe other sources ive looked at have said its alright to smoke form an elderberry pipe if it is not on a regular basis though personally i really wouldn't take the risk of getting cyanide poisoning it sounds pretty horrible.

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oud25 (author)2013-01-22

my brother has smoked a pipe a few times and we love lord of the rings so i would love to make this for him
is elderberry strong enough to use?

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bcavaciuti (author)oud252013-12-28

elderberry branches and leaves contain forms of cyanide, that im pretty sure could get into you if you smoked a lot from the pipe other sources ive looked at have said its alright to smoke form an elderberry pipe if it is not on a regular basis though personally i really wouldn't take the risk of getting cyanide poisoning it sounds pretty horrible.

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Mr.Sanchez (author)oud252013-01-22

Try reinforcing the stem with a mix of glue and sawdust.That helps to give a little more of strength.

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skenney2 (author)2013-04-15

elderberry or walnut branches also have a pith that is easily removed.coating the inside of the bowl with honey before lightly smoking a new pipe a few times will braze the bowl and build a little carbon to keep bowl from burning thru. read that on e-howto in prep to make one of these as gift :)

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bcavaciuti (author)skenney22013-12-28

elderberry branches and leaves contain forms of cyanide, that im pretty sure could get into you if you smoked a lot from the pipe other sources ive looked at have said its alright to smoke form an elderberry pipe if it is not on a regular basis though personally i really wouldn't take the risk of getting cyanide poisoning it sounds pretty horrible.

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99connor (author)2013-12-07

what if the walnut cracks can you still use it

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tigr87 (author)2013-01-30

Please answer.
Could I use a avocado seed?
Could you carve it?
I also heard they have trace amounts of arsenic in them, so would that be a problem?

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Mr.Sanchez (author)tigr872013-01-31

I dont recommend to use avocado seed.You can carve it but th fumes aren't healthy.

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tigr87 (author)Mr.Sanchez2013-01-31

Thanks. Why isn't it healthy?just asking out of curiosity

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Mr.Sanchez (author)tigr872013-02-01

Especially harmful if ingested, some items may also be caustic or produce harmful fumes:

Toxic plants (including parsley)
Metal polish
Avocado
Chocolate
Moldy grains/seeds

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assassinsarmy (author)Mr.Sanchez2013-12-07

Thanks ill try them all!

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tigr87 (author)Mr.Sanchez2013-02-01

Oh thanks. I'm trying to find an alternative to walnuts since I'm extremly allergic to them.

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Doctor Mau5 (author)2013-07-10

Couldn't we just use a chestnut instead of a walnut?

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Demascus (author)2013-02-11

I made a pipe out of pipe stone,(native american) The stem was made from bamboo, local garden shop carries them for holding up plants. If need be use a piece of coat hanger wire heated with a torch or just stick it in the coals of a barbeque to red hot and push it down the middle of the bamboo to burn through the cell walls inside.

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Mr.Sanchez (author)Demascus2013-02-12

Sounds easy!!

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spylock (author)2012-12-23

It may be Elderberyy?They have a pithy stem,whatever it is you sure made yourself a nice looking pipe.Hows it smoke,or have you tried it?

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Mr.Sanchez (author)spylock2012-12-26

It seems that elderberry doesn´t grow in this region .This is the plant I used for.I quit smoking a long time ago.But with this good looking pipe made mi think of enjoy it again.

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bdchetcuti (author)Mr.Sanchez2013-01-10

that looks alot like fennel.. very common in the mediterranean :)

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spylock (author)bdchetcuti2013-01-10

I think youre right,I was paying extra attention to the leaves,but I think youve got it.Do you know if,when dried fennel stems would be strong enough to make the pipe shown here.

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bdchetcuti (author)spylock2013-01-13

if it actually IS fennel, i'm sure it'd be functional and be strong enough to hold the bowl. the problem is if any form of leverage or torsion would be applied it would snap pretty quickly. this project looks reaaly lovely but personally i would use bamboo for the stem

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spylock (author)Mr.Sanchez2012-12-27

Interesting,as you know there are many plants that look alike,though we have several types of plants that look like it where I live in Virginia,none grow that tall.I thank you for the photos,I will do some research as to what the name of the plant is,and get back to you if you like.Very nice job,and thanks again.

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Dosporocho (author)2013-01-04

Great for a muisca trial of tobacco!

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Mr.Sanchez (author)Dosporocho2013-01-05

Indeed...Thnks Dosporocho and welcome to my world!!!

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echodog (author)2012-12-20

This is a beautiful piece of work, and I appreciate the well-written instructable.

That said, as a pipe smoker, there are elements of this piece that may not withstanding regular use in actually smoking tobacco. Tobacco burns at very high temperatures, and therefore anything near the bowl has to withstand high heat. Wood glue is likely to fail, as is the varnish. I'm not sure how to address the problem of the glue, but you may wish to substitute a heavy wax instead of varnish.

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Mr.Sanchez (author)echodog2012-12-20

In fact, the lack of knowledge about this issue made this most a decorative piece. I was thinking that instead of the tobacco use some Bubbles liquid.

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echodog (author)Mr.Sanchez2012-12-20

The problem with the varnish is that it may tend to bubble or crack under high heat. That being the case, using a very solid wax may work better for putting a good shine on the pipe bowl. Carnuba wax works well. There are also some brand-name waxes especially intended for briar pipes (Paragon and Peterson are two such brands, and you might be able to find them at a good tobacconist.)

As for attaching the stem to the bowl, I'm honestly not sure how to best carry that out. You'd need a glue or cement that was both very heat resistant and non-toxic so it doesn't outgas. I'm not sure what would work best.

Also, be aware that the bowls of pipes will tend to burn through over time. Briar pipes are resistant to this because they are very dense. Walnut shells are possibly less so, and may also be a bit oily (meaning they may burn).

You can put a light layer of char inside the pipe bowl the first time it is smoke by coating the interior of the bowl with a very thin layer of honey. When the pipe is smoked, the sugar in the honey will char and create a slight charcoal layer (pipe smokers call it the "cake") that actually acts as a slight insulating layer. There's a lot of craft to pipe smoking, as you can see!

None of this is to take away from my initial impressions of your work. It really is a beautiful pipe, and I'm tempted to make one like it myself, just to see how it works!

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Mr.Sanchez (author)echodog2012-12-20

ok...i'm going to follow your tips and upgrade the pipe.I really thnk U your kind words.

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Mr.Sanchez (author)echodog2012-12-20

I was thinking of use Wood filler, you know, that mix of sawdust and wood glue, do you think that could work?? and about the varnish, if you use a very thin sand paper it becomes a brightly surface.

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Mrballeng (author)2012-12-20

Impressive! Great photos too.

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Mr.Sanchez (author)Mrballeng2012-12-20

BTW...my daughter shot the pics...

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Mr.Sanchez (author)Mrballeng2012-12-20

Thank u!! coming from you means a lot.

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dtextor (author)2012-12-20

Really cool!

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pantalone (author)2012-12-20

This is beautiful work, and such a simple idea! I'm not a smoker, but I would take it up if I had a pipe like this.

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Mr.Sanchez (author)pantalone2012-12-20

Hehehehe...I don't smoke either but would be cool "Feel like a sir".Thnks for the comment.

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nak (author)2012-12-19

I was excited to see how in the world you did the stem.
Dang tricks! You must be a wizard to find a branch with a hole in it like that ;-)

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LIS10114344 (author)nak2012-12-20

horse chestnut branches have a small cylider in the middle that is filled with a soft foam like wood that can be removed.

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Mr.Sanchez (author)LIS101143442012-12-20

Behold the mighty holed branches.I hope this can help.

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ironsmiter (author)nak2012-12-19

depending on your location, there are a number of woods with a pithy interior.
these are easily removed by poking out, using a long piece of wire(like the straight part of a coat hanger, cut off, or welding rod).
Probably the easiest to identify around here is the elderberry bush. This time of year, the large clusters of black berries are a unique identifier. The younger branches have the most easily removed pith and are CLOSE to an ideal size for pipe stems. It MAY be rather fragile, so gather enough to make 3-4 stems, in case one breaks during construction or use.

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eyesee (author)2012-12-20

Good hehe

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Lorddrake (author)2012-12-19

an amazing decorative pipe. Your friend is very lucky.

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M.C. Langer (author)2012-12-19

Buen trabajo hermano!!!

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Mr.Sanchez (author)M.C. Langer2012-12-19

Gracias Bro !!

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Dusk Shadows (author)2012-12-19

omfg! I love it!

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