This Instructable will go the through the process of making a tobacco pipe ;-). Making a pipe is a simple process that takes an average time of 2 to 3 hours (assuming no major mistakes).
Materials you will need :
A good hardwood stick 1" in diameter - I used peach wood because of availability A drill and selection of bits - I used a 1/8th inch bit and the largest bit (maybe 1/2 inch) Propane torch or other source of high temp fire - for fire hardening / charring Sand Paper in varying grades Knife - Preferably a good carving knife Wood Saw - (guess what this is for) Mineral Oil or similar - For waterproofing and making it shiny :-)
Optional but suggested
Grinding block or similar - Rough shape adjustments Dremel tool - Bowl shape adjustments Thin steel rod - 3 mm square on the end Steel wool - For making it even more shiny Honey - For coating inside of bowl Ashes - Used with honey bowl to fireproof
For my pipe I chose peach wood because it is easy to work with and already lying in my back yard.
Look for a reasonably fresh stick just over an inch in diameter and without any knots. Your pipe's length is limited by your drill bit's length however while wood can be trimmed down it can't be trimmed up. As such I suggest you cut your stick around an inch longer than you plan for it to be.