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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



 
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Step 1: Get a good stick

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.

Step 2: Remove the bark

This step is fairly self explanatory . Carve the bark off of your wood using your knife and start to create the beginning of an oval shape (more narrow on top and bottom of the bowl to be).
Although this is a good instructable, you are missing many details that go into pipe making. Lets start off with the wood, now typically smoking pipes are made of either briar wood or cherry wood because of there unique ability to to hold flavor. Now peach wood is a not so common material that pipes are made of but it is smokeable but lacks the durability of briar or cherry wood. Now typically the woods that pipes are made from are boiled in a mixture of water and salt about 10-15 times to get the sap out of the wood, than soon after the wood is cured for a certain amount of time typically ranging 1-12 months. Also tobacco pipes are normally coated and polished with a substance called carnauba wax, which protects the outside of the pipe and gives it a nice shine. All in all its a great little project for a beginner pipe maker but I really wouldn't try smoking from it.
Hope this help!

~Nick
vandalex1 year ago
And I wanted to help answer rmcgowens question about the quarter. I believe it's for size comparison. If that is incorrect then it may be a symbol for "I just smoked a Quarter bag of tobacco through this pipe and it works great!"
vandalex1 year ago
Cool pipe, definitely not the easy way, but I guess that depends on what tools you have access to. Also carb holes are really unnecessary if your smoke is only flowing from the bowl, through a small tube, to your mouth. Carbs are more necessary for a smoking piece that has somewhat of a chamber or reservoir that collects smoke from the bowl, thus needing a quick way to clear the chamber, pop your finger off the carb and rip a large amount of 100% legal tobacco smoke at once. But still, nice piece.
rmcgowen1 year ago
ok I'm sorry but i have got to say i have made several hand carved pipes myself this seems like an interesting way to do it but not the easiest way. i don't see the point in the "fireproofing" other than to add the honey flavor i have never had one of mine burn up on me. and if you were to have the bowl just 1 cm closer to the mouth piece you dont need the steel rod at all and further more if you were to get a stick 2 inches thick instead of 1 you can make it where the hole is actually under your "tobacco" instead of behind it where it is going to ash in your mouth every time and i don't understand what the quarter is for.
and pretty much after step 9 or 10 if you actually want a carb the pipe is done the rest is just looks except the honey thing if you want that flavor in your "tobacco" me personally i like the flavor of my "tobacco"
Okay so what size drill bit did you use for the stem hole and did you use varying sizes throughout the stem? How does this pipe keep ashes fromgetting to you?please please please answer these questions! I have the good stick carved into shape but im lacking confidence in the drilling:( i have multiple hand drills but no drill preess in suggestions? It would be great if you or someone could answer all my questions:) please and thank you!
jlyvers7432 years ago
You made a great instructable. I understand all your steps. I was watching another instructable, hobit pipes, and he used olive oil in place of your mineral oil. I like this idea because well, olive oil and herbs go together nicely. Thank you for making this so clear and understandable! I think I will be making one thats a little longer and no carb as my herb days have past me by. Very cool!
Traxis552 years ago
Do i put the ashes inside the bowl? i got that you put the honey in the bowl, but then do you put the ashes in the bowl so they stick to the honey? and then do i knock out the ashes?
dscore2 years ago
Have you tried this pipe with herbal mixes like mullein or rosemary? Would a carb be used in such a situation?
DWordDtour3 years ago
is this step necessary or can we leave it plain color?
I really don't think this is necessary. I'm fairly sure it's just to help make the pipe harder/ more fire resistant.
Hex14083 years ago
could you please answer that question because i am also wondering if it is necessary
Thank you so much for this instructable! I now have the perfect anniversary gift for my girlfriend. She's going to love it!

do you need to keep adding honey in the bowl after useing it alot
This is very interesting. I made a "tobacco" pipe too. Mine was made out of an old chair leg haha and i didnt really take time to shape it at all as i am very lazy.
GibStud4 years ago
what kind of ashes? How tiny a piece of paper towel? Does this step have to "cure" at all or do you want to fireproof   periodically? Thanks!
It doesn't really matter what kind of ashes you use. There is really no other type of ash than ashes. And you should probaply measure the piece of paper using your bowl. The one this guy made would probaply need about a 1,5 squareinch piece. You dont have to do it several times to complete the fireproof. Allthough you should do the fireproofing more than one time, since its "shield" will not stay on forever.
cartman4 years ago
 Very nice!! I have been searching for how to make a pipe for a while. This is great!!
Nyastorm4 years ago
Hi, You say to drill the holes at the right angle but what is the angle? And what size drillbit did you use?
greenengineer (author)  Nyastorm4 years ago
Look at how you plan to hold the pipe and use that to see where a carb hole would be most convenient to use. I suggest closer to the bowl for supreme shotgun use. You can probably get away with either a single larger hole or a couple smaller ones. Probably a 1/16th drill bit. By the way , great timing.
Lol at timing.
thats not a tobacco pipe (but lets call it one) thats awsum and green its made of local materials but you could use veg rather than mineral oil because mineral oil is petrolium. but its great it will not get to hot and no energy is used to ship it from who knows where
greenengineer (author)  biofueljunke4 years ago
Duly noted.
lil jon1685 years ago
looks like a cigar
Chiana_Rei5 years ago
Another thing you can do is to just "Burn-In" the bowl. Basically you place a small amount of actual tobbacco in the bowl because this is cheaper just make sure to use a nice flavor you will enjoy. Then light it and puff the pipe getting lots of smoke and heat and stop when you have good carbon coverage. When the bowl is black you are done and you will never burn thru the bowl as long as you don't scrape the black off. During normal smoking of "any" type you will build up carbon over time. Just use a ferrule or pocket knife to scrape it down to a nice thin layer.
greenengineer (author)  Chiana_Rei5 years ago
I don't actually know if the fireproofing step is necessary but it seemed to help with this pipe. This was my 4th pipe and the 2nd one I fireproofed. The bowl of this pipe actually got burned in when I dremeled it at max speed and it started to smoke. Then more so when in an admittedly stupid course of action I used the propane torch on the bowl while putting a vacuum cleaner nozzle at the mouth piece. Luckily no unintentional fires were started but honestly I think it was overkill. I use this pipe all the time and it never seems to burn so I guess I did something right.
young_bucc5 years ago
also added to my comment below i would like to put my name on it like engraven/burnt is the best way i can explain it and i dont have fancy tools or nothin so how would i go about doing that?
greenengineer (author)  young_bucc5 years ago
Do you have a soldering iron? They are about 10 dollars and even one of the cheapest will get the job done.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Woodburning-Pyrography-with-a-soldering-iron/
ericlin815 years ago
Hi, i am searching for a pipe made from peachwood which is 40cm long. Can you make it for me? ericlin81@yahoo.com.sg
greenengineer (author)  ericlin815 years ago
The length of the pipe is limited by the length of your drill bit. A 40 cm pipe would likely be quite unwieldy and would have to be made from more than one piece of wood. Issues aside it might be possible to make such a pipe by cutting a good stick in half long ways and then gluing it back together (heat and flame resistant glue , etc). That said the miniature design is far easier to make. In conclusion while I probably could make such a pipe I won't for various reasons. You probably can though , you should do it and write an instructable on it :-)
surtuo35 years ago
I have been using this pipe for a long while now. I love it. Great Instructable
lemonie5 years ago
Great build. (Tobacco pipes don't have carb-holes though.)

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I think he knows that. That is why there are quotations around the word tobacco. By the way if this comes off as being harsh I do apologize.
I didn't notice that first time around, perhaps it's been amended? Still it's a good pipe. L
haha, nice pipe, the carb holes confused me for awhile though, then i noticed the quotes. did you torch it for asthetics or to dry the wood?
greenengineer (author)  nachosyumm5 years ago
Some of both. You end up being able to sand it smoother if the wood is dry.
Focker5 years ago
Rofl @ lemonie's comment I liked the ible, and what really blew me away was the fireproofing method using honey. How often do you need to "rehoney" the bowl? Is it a one time thing and presto?
greenengineer (author)  Focker5 years ago
The honey is just once. It is used to start the resin accumulation process which solves the bowl burning problem entirely.