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This pipe was made for a very good friend of mine. He has been fighting a losing battle for 2 years now.
It is a solid piece of wood with 2 connecting holes strategically drilled to meet at the right spot.
Buffed with the 3 stage system Tripoli, White diamond and carnauba wax and completed with my food grade wax.
The inside of bowl is lightly rubbed with a honey/water 1:1 mix and let sit for 24 hours, then re-peat for a longer lasting pipe.


 
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Step 1: Prep your blank

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I used Olive-wood. It is commonly used for making pipes. there are several hardwoods that would work for pipes, though they may burn faster or give off a "campfire" taste. you don't want this. Do some interweb searching and find a chunk of wood you have on hand.

****I do not condone smoking in any way shape or form.****
****Make and use at your owns risk****
****SMOKING IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH****
****THERE IS NO SAFE WAY TO SMOKE ANYTHING****

If you are still interested, read on...
After you find a suitable blank for your pipe. It needs to be mounted on the chuck at one (the bowl end) and lightly tightened with the tail-stock on the other end.
In my case I had to put it between centers to make a tenon that fit the inside jaws of my chuck.

Step 2: Round the blank

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I used my skew to round the stock from end to end.
Rough turn it close to what you want the finished diameter of the bowl to be, and then thin out the stem end of the pipe. I am bad for not measuring while turning, I eyeball dimensions and use a fibonacci gauge all the time for projects. So, I'm sorry about not having dimensions for you. To me, this is the best part about turning (stop when it looks good) ;)
Basically, turn the stem to the correct shape you want and remove your tail-stock so you can square up. Then flatten the stem opening.
bicker1811 months ago
love to read your instructables, keep them coming. I am anxious to turn anything from Laburnum wood. Any ideas. I just got several 7 inch diameter logs given to me. one is six feet long.
Anyone in Boston Lincolnshire UK want a log....free
Bicker18.
SlickSqueegie (author)  bicker1811 months ago
Thank you Biker18, It is comments like these that keep me posting them!

I have never hear of that wood. It is quite beautiful! It reminds me of Tamboti. Have you turned anything with it as of yet? How dry are the logs? If they are still wet, I would cut a few lengths about 8-12" long and paint the ends and let them dry. Or you could make a set of salad bowls? I would run the salad bowl Idea rough them, then let them sit for a couple months to finish drying then finish them. By Christmas you would have an excellent gift for someone!
Hi, I do believe this wood is poisonous the dust produced could (So I am told) lead to hospitalization if inhaled in quantity. I use a filter mask with twin filters. Actually I cannot smell a thing no matter the source when this mask is in use. I also use a full face see through mask to prevent injury from flying turnings. I mention all this for other woodturners, also not sure about making anything other than ornamental bits. Just in case. Absolutly lovely wood. I have done as you suggested & cut off & sealed several pieces for slow drying. The wood was cut down just a few weeks ago. I will post some photos later.
Bicker18
SlickSqueegie (author)  bicker188 months ago
I would love to see what you came up with...
nice pipe...i have turned two pipes....one maple and one cherry...
SlickSqueegie (author)  jimmitchell19431 year ago
Thanks!
Very nice.
SlickSqueegie (author)  matthewrnorris1 year ago
Thanks
SlickSqueegie (author) 1 year ago
Thanks Dr. Qui, I like the idea with the pen mandrel. I did think about going that route when I was thinking up a way to make a pipe without a kit.
As far as the finish, Mine is a beeswax/minearal oil wax. and a honey/water mix on the inside of the smoking chamber.
onrust1 year ago
Awesome. They make such great gifts.
onrust1 year ago
Awesome. They make such great gifts.
onrust1 year ago
Awesome. They make such great gifts.
onrust1 year ago
Awesome. They make such great gifts.
SlickSqueegie (author) 1 year ago
Thanks, They are quite simple. My buddy loves these wood pipes. He says they last longer than any pipe he has ever purchased...
The key is that honey water mixture. don't forget...
bradnh1 year ago
Beautiful pipe, nicely written Instructable. I'm a woodworker but with little turning experience. You've motivated me even more to find mini lathe!
SlickSqueegie (author)  bradnh1 year ago
Thank you. I hope ya get one soon!
Awesome looking, but if you live in the US be warned. If a police officer sees that in view in your vehicle, it constitutes probable cause to search your vehicle WITHOUT your permission.
In public and in your car, a police officer CAN legally charge you with possession of drug paraphernalia if discovered on you, even if it is for tobacco!
The reason is that too many pipes of this type are used for illegal drugs.
BE CAREFUL!!!!!
(I am sure there are other countries that have similar laws but I don't know enough international law to comment on that)
SlickSqueegie (author)  arkangel19751 year ago
Yes, I am aware of local laws and such.
MR..1 year ago
This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! You have certainly inspired me.
SlickSqueegie (author)  MR..1 year ago
Thanks... I would love to see what you come up with!