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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
nanotwitty3 months ago
prakis1 year ago


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

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 :)
Markush4202 years ago
This is one of the best i've seen on here well done sir! I like the design. Check my stuff out!?
Do you have a reference or two where to purchase prefabricated stems?
riguy983 years ago
what is the mouth piece made out of it looks shinier and smoother. the pipe looks great.
x3n0c1dal3 years ago
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.

laurent1234 years ago
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)  laurent1233 years ago
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 :)
 Would poplar work as the wood for the bowl?

Pretty sure it'd be too soft. I burn wood in my wood stove and poplar goes up like paper.
healbr4 years ago
It is also very easy to make the pipe all one piece,
the hardes part is shaping.
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 :)
apapier124 years ago
Can i buy that off of u
Dr_Zhivago6 years ago
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?
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.
You can also steam-bend it.
Marvinney5 years ago

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.

don't use a glass pipe for tobacco
 Would poplar work as the wood for the bowl?

HI!5 years ago
Is using Bruyere wood necessary, or will any do?
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....
Ezmegaz5 years ago
Marvinney5 years ago

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 www.greenglassclean.com to make your tobacco pipe clean.

LBos115 years ago
how do you make the stem
cherry wood would be perfect
SWV17877 years ago
"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.
maby theres somthing about corn-cob or cane-reed that is heat resistant
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.
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 =]
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.
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).
wenpherd6 years ago
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_Rei6 years ago
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.
wenpherd6 years ago
how did you make the mouth piece
baneat6 years ago
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 baneat6 years ago
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 benz_z6 years ago
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 baneat6 years ago
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
thizzluke6 years ago
so u did this with a hand saw right?
SimonRuben (author)  thizzluke6 years ago
That´s right !
DangerDan6 years ago
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
gumbytig6 years ago
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.
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.
SimonRuben (author)  gumbytig6 years ago
The ferule i have used to measure out where i have to drill in the hole of the bowl. I don't know if i have understand you right but shure you can smoke it out of just the tip. I wanted to make a classical pipe for that i needed a bowl.
Spartan8576 years ago
Did you get your rotary tool from Harbor freight? looks like the same model I have.
SimonRuben (author)  Spartan8576 years ago
Hi, I have it from Conrad electronics (www.conrad.de)
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great instructable! cant wait to make one.
dealydoo6 years ago
smoke it..... sticks and bones
spylock7 years ago
Thats a really nice bowl,the shape is nice for sure.
Here are a couple places to buy pipe supplies such as briar (bruyere) blocks, acrylic stems, and more information on making pipes:

Parks Pipes
Pipe Makers Emporium
mas97797 years ago
yes "tobacco" pipe
Charles IV7 years ago
Very nice instructions and pipe! I made this for fathers day and I used a piece of pen melted over the pipe and then squished down to make a mouthpiece. I'm not planning on my dad smoking it but do you think there would be a problem with that healthwise ?
The heat of the smoke would deteriorate the plastic, putting plastic bits into your lungs. Not good at all.
Thats what I was thinking.
If you are really wanting to make one (smoking is bad for you, don't start), you can buy a cheapo corncob pipe, and salvage the mouth peice. Don't waste your money on a 5 dollar briar pipe, they are trash. Making your own, or buying a legit one is the best root. Corn cob pipes smoke better than crappy briars.
The only problem with buying a cheepo pipe and stealing the mouthpeice is that I'm only 13 and I don't think anybody would sell a pipe to me especially where I live.
You shouldn't be smoking either, so it should be of no concern.
I wasn't planning on smoking it I gave it to my dad if you read my above comments.
Oh, didn't see that. Reading is overrated anyway. If you can find some acrylic tubing, you should be able to jerry rig one up. I am just getting my shop back in order, and this is one of my first projects to do in it. If I thnk of something else to use, ill messege you.
Alright, thanks.
SimonRuben (author)  Sgt.Waffles7 years ago
I think Sgt.Waffles is right. I would not recommend it. But it's a nice idea for improvisating a mouthpiece when you don't want to use the pipe. I am interested in how is looking your pipe Mr.BeanyMvBeanBean. Maybe you can give some link to see it .
Sgt.Waffles7 years ago
Great ible btw. You do need to make one on the mouthpeice though, then it will be complete!
arhodes187 years ago
wow very cool, great pictures, and great idea!
hi, nice idea i can see how you carved the bowl part but how did you make the shaft (probably not the right word) did you buy it seperately? what is it made from? thanks
SimonRuben (author)  drummonkey927 years ago
Hi pyroelectro, i have maked the mouthpiece by my own. It's maked out of acryl. I am going to add soon a Instructable about this topic. Thanks for your interest in this Instructable.
SimonRuben (author) 7 years ago
Hello everybody,

watch out also for the second part 'of the homemade tobacco pipe Instructable. It's now published.
There you are going to see the finished pipe. And you are going to know what you have to do to seal and polish the pipe.

Enjoy the day :)
just dont smoke "tobacco" out of it and keep it in your car
Back in my youth... 3 years ago. I made a pipe named "Woody" for that exact reason. It could be tossed if necessary because it was made cheaply and in less than 30 min. but was absolutely amazing. I used mahogany and it worked very well.
Labot20017 years ago
Cool ible!
SimonRuben (author) 7 years ago
First of all I want to say -thank you- to everybody how have liked this Pipe Instructable and who have give me suggestions on how I can make this Instructable better. I hope there are coming more reactions. Also I want to explain a little bit more what is about the Bruyere wood. Mostly the wood is used because it is a very hard wood. This characteristic is making it more less probable that there is going to be a burn damage on the pipe when you smoke it to hot. Another important reason is the taste of the pipe when it is finished. It is all about the taste when you are smoking your pipe. Generally you can use some other kind of wood. I would say its better to make your first pipe out of a wood which is not that expensive. So you can collect knowledge. Greetings Simon
Very nice 'ible, as mr rig it says your punctuation and language needs a bit of work, other than that your workmanship looks very good, nice job on your pipe. You could also fill in step 2 with an image of some drawings of just one of the pipe.
Mr. Rig It7 years ago
I think this is a good Instructable. The pipe came out looking really nice, I can't wait to see it finished. You used a lot of nice photos in this Instructable I can see what you had to work with when you started it and what the final product is. Step 2 could use an example of how to draw a pipe on paper. Final observation I recommend proof reading your instructions in each of your steps to correct grammatical errors and sentence fluency. You should also look at word choice/usage in all of your steps, but especially in step 4. I think that this can be a GREAT Instructable if you improve where I have suggested.
Mr. Rig It7 years ago
Suggestions for improvements, I'm not beating up on you just trying to help. Step 3, second line, second and third words should be reversed to read "where there". Step 3, fourth line, 15th word should be "chosen" not "choosed" Step 3. You wrote “Now work it out.” What does that mean exactly? Can you elaborate?
mrbob10007 years ago
I have been in this hobby for a wile now. have you ever thought of making one out of briar?
Bruyere is French for Briar.
SimonRuben (author) 7 years ago
Actually Bruyère should mean Bruyere and this is a special very hard root wood from some Tree. Sorry for the error.
I wish I had more tools.
Could you go into a little more detail about Bruyère?