Introduction: How to Make a Small Bamboo Pipe.

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I was bored, so i decided to make a tobacco pipe, out of some small bamboo.
This was how it's made:

Step 1: Get Yourself Bamboo

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i was walking down a road on my street, when i saw a small thicket of bamboo, so i grabbed a piece about 3/4 inch in diameter and one about 1/8 inch in diameter

the longer a piece you get, the more pipes you can make

Step 2: Cuttin It Down

with the thicker bamboo, from a notch cut about (just my idea) 1 inch from the notch, straight across
and with the smaller, cut about a 4 inch piece with holes on both ends

Step 3: Making It

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with the bowl end, scrape out the inside flesh and let dry, and with the pipe, let dry
use a drill to drill a hole slightly smaller than the end of the pipe, and slide it in
glue if you want, if not you can take it apart for easier carrying


Step 4: More

i highly do not recommend it


Lt. Duct Tape (author)2010-06-14

I'd just like to make a point here: Bamboo is nature's fiberglass. As such, I strongly suggest you coat the inside of this pipe THOROUGHLY with wax. An experienced pipe-maker taught me this trick when I was younger, and from what he told me, it saved me from microscopic slivers and a nasty infection. No, this does not mean that you can smoke out of a fiberglass pipe as long as it's covered in wax ;)

NayChank (author)Lt. Duct Tape2016-12-30

Hello there, I realize this is a very old post but if you are still around, may I ask as to what kind of wax should be used to coat the inside of the bamboo pipe? And how do you do so? Thank you!

markus2102 (author)2009-07-17

i really wish i could get my hands on some bamboo where i live haha nice ible

ParacordJedi (author)markus21022012-02-16

You say you need to get your hands on some bamboo like you already have the weed hahaha

mdog93 (author)2009-03-13

how do you get the pipe/ tube end to be hollow all the way through mdog

savebarcelona091 (author)mdog932009-04-19

bamboo is hollow except for the water blocks so you can just use the pieces between those

dbell (author)savebarcelona0912010-03-30

Hard to find 4"+ long pieces that slim, without nodes.
I think I may have to fashion a drill from a piece of coat hanger wire...

Cut a length of straight steel wire.
Cut one end to a fairly well centered point.
Hammer the point to flatten and thin it a bit.
Grind edges on a stone or concrete surface.

Pass down the length of the pipe stem and twirl with fingers to drill through intermediate node blocks.

HAL 9000 (author)dbell2011-03-18

I've used coat hangers before, but didn't have to flatten the end. Just use some wire cutters and they will leave an edge suitable for drilling through wood. I used to do this when drilling through floors to install forced air heating systems. a regular drill bit would get all tangled up in carpet fibers, but the coat hanger would go straight through.

mdog93 (author)dbell2010-03-31

yeah that might work

todbro (author)2009-10-02

Dont get caught if you smoke weed??? Shouldent it be don't smoke weed??

quomaya2 (author)todbro2010-02-14
JakeTobak (author)2009-01-07

Pretty kewl, how does it hold up to smoking? Is it a one time use thing or can it be used on a more permanent basis? Also, does it have any weird taste when you smoke it compared to a pipe you might buy from a smoke shop? If your camera has a macro mode, you might be able to get clearer pictures by the way.

cdawg14 (author)JakeTobak2009-07-22

bamboo holds up very well to continued use. It does create a bit of an odd taste at first, but this eventually goes away as you use the pipe more.

pugsleyboy (author)2009-01-08

that's pretty cool i've always wanted a pipe but have no money to buy one did you use green or dead wood?

Gypsyman (author)pugsleyboy2009-01-10

since it says "let it dry" i can only assume he used green wood.

pugsleyboy (author)Gypsyman2009-01-12

it looks quite green though bamboo does tend to keep it's colour well i suppose

Chicken2209 (author)2009-01-08

these pictures are really blurry I recommend using a solid surface like the table the pipe is on to get a steady picture Right now, I can't tell if thats a pipe or a gavel

gmjhowe (author)2009-01-08

Thats some nice work! The pictures are a little blurry, it might be worth having another go at taking a good final picture.

discontinuuity (author)2009-01-07

Pretty cool idea. Just one suggestion: use the macro setting on your camera, or draw some diagrams. Clear pictures make an instructable much better!

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