Introduction: Homemade Tobacco Pipe

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This Instructable is about how to make your own tobacco pipes at home. I didn't want to spend a lot of money for a tobacco pipe, so I decided to make one myself. Here is how I did just that.

Step 1: You Will Need...

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What you will need to make your own tobacco pipe:

- 1 Block of Bruyere wood
- 1 ferule
- different kind of grater
- a saw
- pencil
- a drill with different gimlets (Hand auger)
- one circle
- a Dremel like tool
- sand paper
- milling cutter min. 18 mm
- time (you will need a lot of it)
- a idea

Step 2: The Idea

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First of all you have to have an idea of how the tobacco pipe should look like. Draw them on a paper and select the one you prefer.

Step 3: Forming the Raw Block of Wood

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Cut a piece of wood of the size you are going to need for your pipe design.

Draw the top of the pipe's inner circle and an outer one; these will mark the hole for the tobacco and outside shape of the pipe.

Then draw on the sides of the block of wood the design you have chosen. Now work it out (It should mean that now you have to catch your tools and begin to work :) Your block of wood should look now similar to the one in the picture.

Step 4: Drilling the Holes

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Now we have to drill the holes for the tobacco and the mouth piece.

As you can see in the picture you have to measure out how deep you have to drill the hole for the tobacco. Be careful the walls of the tobacco chamber are not to thinly constructed. If they are, the heat is going to destroy your chamber.

The walls of this pipe are 8 mm thick. The tobacco chamber has a diameter of 18 mm. and is 3 cm deep.
In the end all measurements depend on the design which you have chosen for your pipe.

Next you are going to make the hole for the mouth piece which will connect the mouth piece to the tobacco chamber. Carefully drill first the hole for the mouth piece. I used a 7 mm drill. Then change the drill to a smaller one, I used a 3 mm. Now make test fit the connection of the mouthpiece to the chamber.

Step 5: Rounding

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Now work out the rounding's. It's beginning to look more and more like a real pipe.

Step 6: Sandpaper Work

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Using your sandpaper sand the pipe until you are satisfied with it.

Step 7: Nearly Done

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Put it all together and make little corrections.
The pipe isn't ready to be used yet. You have to seal and polish the wood still. However I still need to write an Instructable of how to seal and polish the wood. For now you have done a good job in making your pipe.


FernandoF38 (author)2015-11-09

i use a lemon cut in half you dont need any tools or anything its reausable and disposable.

BradyN3 (author)FernandoF382016-12-07

I use an apple, all you need is a pencil (and an apple obviously lol).

WillS140 (author)FernandoF382016-11-20

Yes, very classy

Judah Graves (author)2015-10-05

I made this! thanks for the instructables, i didn't take a picture so i could not

press "I Made It"

prakis (author)2014-07-24


wildthing423 (author)2014-01-17

Did I miss something? how did you make or fit the stem/mouth bit?

Switch and Lever (author)2013-04-07

I think it would be good to mention is that while you recommend that people should use briar wood (or bruyere) the pipe you made is not made from briar wood. Also, briar wood is an incredibly hard wood and will take a lot of work to sand down to shape (which is why many freehand pipe makers use high quality files instead of sandpaper for the shaping).

Otherwise, good instructable, though if it was just about the price you could get a new decent pipe for pretty much the same price you'd pay for the briar wood and the equipment required :)

Markush420 (author)2013-01-08

This is one of the best i've seen on here well done sir! I like the design. Check my stuff out!?

Theuncannie1 (author)2012-12-09

Do you have a reference or two where to purchase prefabricated stems?

riguy98 (author)2012-08-28

what is the mouth piece made out of it looks shinier and smoother. the pipe looks great.

x3n0c1dal (author)2012-06-18

Nice instructible. I have an instructible series coming out about kinds of smoking apparatuses and how to make them. by far, I only have one about making a bong, or "water filtered pipe" and I would strongly appreciate if anyone could view it and comment on it. Thank you.

laurent123 (author)2011-04-13

you are a very talented person im only 14 and a instructable on wooden swords brought me here but for the past 3 months ive been making and crafting my own pipes out of wood, clay, ceramic, and many other materals and ve enjoyed it very much so than you for geting me into the one thing i look forward to after school and thank you for the great hobie

SimonRuben (author)laurent1232012-01-12

Hi thank you for your nice words. Well i am happy that i have introduced you in that topic. Sorry for answering that late. Hope to see some Pipe Pics from you.
Have a good time and a lot of creativity :)

ChaseAwesome (author)2010-03-24

 Would poplar work as the wood for the bowl?

Pwag (author)ChaseAwesome2011-06-03

Pretty sure it'd be too soft. I burn wood in my wood stove and poplar goes up like paper.

healbr (author)2011-04-05

It is also very easy to make the pipe all one piece,
the hardes part is shaping.

symphonyinmymind (author)2010-11-23

Hello:) Lovely pipe, very nice woodworking. i have a question, i'm planning on making this as a gift and the part that holds the tobacco when you drill the hole all the way through do u put some kind of filter or anything between that and the mouth piece or do you just leave it completely open? Thanks!

I know that a lot of the higher end pipes don't bother to filter at all. When you're smoking pipe tobacco, you're smoking for the flavor of the tobacco and a filter will change the flavor of the tobacco. So I'd suggest not filtering at all (besides, that'd be one more thing to fit on the pipe :) ).

Ahh that makes sense haha, thank you very much :)

apapier12 (author)2010-10-04

Can i buy that off of u

Dr_Zhivago (author)2009-06-03

How could you drill the hole to connect the stem and bowl on some of the curvier designs like the top left and second down on the right?

dominoxiii (author)Dr_Zhivago2010-03-19

To put the hole through in the severely curved pipe you have to make it in sections and glue it all together. It can be made with a few seems. The main bowl will be one part and the rest of it could be made with two parts split down the middle.

Revquigley (author)dominoxiii2010-09-08

You can also steam-bend it.

Marvinney (author)2009-10-14

Well I was looking for something like this because me too didn't want to spend a lot of money for a tobacco pipe. So wanted to make it at home. Nice technique. Thanks.

corey_caffeine (author)Marvinney2010-07-18

don't use a glass pipe for tobacco

ChaseAwesome (author)2010-03-24

 Would poplar work as the wood for the bowl?

HI! (author)2009-11-04

Is using Bruyere wood necessary, or will any do?

Lt. Duct Tape (author)HI!2009-12-16

Bruyerre or cherry wood are the best, but any hardwood will do. Don't even THINK about bamboo, though. My first pipe was oak, and it tasted a bit funny at first, but it lasted a couple years....

Ezmegaz (author)2009-10-20


Marvinney (author)2009-10-14

Well I was looking for something like this because me too didn't want to spend a lot of money for a tobacco pipe. So wanted to make it at home. Nice technique. Thanks. But I will suggest you to make your tobacco pipe clean.

LBos11 (author)2009-09-18

how do you make the stem

Huray4Insanity (author)2009-08-14

cherry wood would be perfect

SWV1787 (author)2008-05-18

"1 Block of Bruyere wood" Why specifically this type of wood is it better at holding the heat, resisting the tobacco residue, or what??? I would think that the type of wood should not make too much difference since a corn-cob and a cane reed can be made into a satisfactory pipe, But nice carving I really like the finished product. Lengthen the shaft and it might resemble the pipe Gandalf used in Lord of the rings.

wenpherd (author)SWV17872009-07-16

maby theres somthing about corn-cob or cane-reed that is heat resistant

strmrnnr (author)SWV17872009-06-23

It would resemble Gandalfs pie, although I always thought of his pipe being made of clay. It could be rekilned to burn out the tar if it had to be cleaned. Who knows? The guy was a wizard; there can be pretty near anything.

MattandJora (author)SWV17872009-04-05

The bruyere wood is just a generally used type of wood for tobacco pipes because of it's properties. Bruyere is known for its natural fire retard and the fact that is doesn't really absorb water. The type of wood really doesn't make a difference. I would guess it's just a matter of how long the pipe lasts or how the stain effects it. That's just my thinking and i'm still a teenager i just picked that up on a pipe making website so dont quote me =]

snowfalcon (author)SWV17872009-03-27

There are other woods that will work. There's several opposites that discuss this. Briar is considered ideal by many for all the reasons stated. Also because it is both porous and *hard*. It has the structure to allow a lot of carving and hold up to a lot of wear. One could get fancier with carving briar than with many other woods. Some woods also used: cherry, apple, maple, walnut, olive. There are more. I have direct experience with pipes of cherry, maple, and walnut. The maple I can't remember but am experimenting with some soon. Walnut makes a decent pipe, I've had not problems with it. Works easier than briar, but tough enough to hold up to carving. Cherry ... for some reason I never thought much of cherry, but came upon an estate pipe of cherry, and smoked it and was *amazed*. It shot from "I'll maybe try this once" to "my favorite pipe" in two smokes. Cool, even smoking. There are other woods, but I'm cautious of them, such as rosewood. I know there are some of the "exotic" hardwoods that have resins which can be toxic or at the very least give a bad flavor.

DrVenture (author)SWV17872008-05-20

The wood he refers to is also known as Brier or Briar wood, and is more commonly spelled as one of those two (at least where I'm from). The wood actually does make a substantial difference in the construction of a quality tobacco pipe-- Mainly, brier is a lightweight and porous wood that easily dissipates heat, and is remarkably well suited to the purpose. Corncob pipes are similar, being light and very porous. This is a very different type of wood than something heavy and dense like Oak or any type of wood that comes from a tree (in fact, brier "wood" doesn't come from a tree really, it's made from the midpoint between the roots and the body of the plant).

wenpherd (author)2009-07-16

did you buy the mouth piece, if so than where? or did you make the mouth piece, if so how? NOW ANSWER ME NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chiana_Rei (author)2009-07-03

I've actually got my hands on some pear wood. I've done pipes out of walnut, cherry, maple, and oak. I have also made one out of clay and used copper for the stem and mouthpiece. And then there was a hookah style pipe made out of a small bole of mulberry with the center hollowed out and 4 "stems" with surgical tubing and mouthpieces added to it. It does not make you a stoner to own or make pipes, I am not a stoner and I still enjoy pipes and good tobacco's.

wenpherd (author)2009-07-01

how did you make the mouth piece

baneat (author)2009-05-13

You can get pegged as a stoner, which can be undesirable to some and gets some attention from authorities, but glass pipes are better cause they don't impart the wood's flavour on itself, and don't burn. If you could hand-bow one of those, it would be pretty cool

benz_z (author)baneat2009-06-24

no way stoners just use trumpet mouth-pieces, they heat them up and shove them into a water bottle the people who buy the glass ones are posers (ask no questions i tell no lies) but thats a great idea and a nice -ible

baneat (author)benz_z2009-06-26

Wanting a well built piece that doesn't use plastic (hot smoke and plastic long term can damage you) is not posing, it's common sense. These homemade pieces are also a little less efficient and I've found anyone who owns one didn't use it for long. Now a $400 roor, that is a waste when a cheap glass one does the same.

budforum (author)baneat2009-06-26

actually dude, a RooR is a great brand of glass bong because in some of em there is what can be referred to as "percolators" which further cool and filter your smoke, thus making for a cooler, and cleaner hit.... any more questions, feel free to ask..... i'm the guy you're looking for when it comes to glass smoking accessories

thizzluke (author)2009-04-29

so u did this with a hand saw right?

SimonRuben (author)thizzluke2009-04-30

That´s right !

DangerDan (author)2009-04-07

yea i just made a pipe earlier and it took me about 40 minutes, the mouthpiece is bamboo and the bowl is beach wood, it's pretty crude but it works fine, yours is really nice i should make one like that

gumbytig (author)2009-01-09

Ok this may be a dumb question but why do you need the ferule? I was inpired by this ible to use some of the scrap pieces of hardwood i had laying around (i try to heat my house on firewood). I'm not sure why you can't just smoke it out of a tip thats just an extension of the bowl. Please enlighten me.

snowfalcon (author)gumbytig2009-03-27

You don't need the ferule. Only if you're going to use a typical pipestem. Strictly speaking you can make it out of a single block of wood. If you do I suggest keeping the length from center of bowl to tip of stem less than 6". That's the length of a standard pipe cleaner. Longer and it's harder to clean. There are many pipes made like this, or in two pieces with the stem fit to a hole in the bowl. They're more "rustic". But work well enough.

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