Introduction: Tobacco Pipe Making

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First of all I wanted to say, that I'm from Latvia, so I'm sorry for my english.

This is a quite detailed, step-by-step instructable about pipe making. I am not a professional, I just wanted to try my skills.

First step is to choose the wood for your pipe. In my case the most suitable was briar. I ordered wood and stems from ebay for good price, 10 pcs of briar wood and 5 pcs of ebonite stems for 40 EUR (55 USD).

There are many woods that are good for pipe making, for example cherry or wallnut e.t.c, so there are many choices.

Tools you'll need:


  • A power drill,
  • A saw. There are different kinds of saws, but I used just regular wood saw.
  • Some kind of grinder, or grinder wheel
  • Files
  • Sandpaper


Step 1: Getting Started

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First step is to choose what kind of form your pipe will be, however in the process of making your plans might change.

I started with drilling all the necessary holes.

I used some regular duct tape to see how deep i have to drill.

The main problem with drilling is to drill the holes in right depth, otherwise the wood will be too thin and the pipe will burn out.

Step 2: Rough Sanding

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After the stem is inserted (it also required some minor filing, to fit it into the wood) you can begin sanding process.

I used this power tool (don't know how it's called) for rough sanding.

It's the same problem like with driling, you have to be gentle. If wood on the sides is made too thin it will burn out.

Step 3: Adjusting Form

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When it's roughly sanded, it's time to adjust the form of bowl and stem, and the hardest part, to get rid of gap between the stem and bowl.

Step 4: Final Sanding and Polishing

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The last thing to do is to sand out all marks from rough sanding an polish the pipe.

In my case, I sanded out as much as I could, but I didn't polish it, simply because I don't have the wax that's required for polishing. Another possibility is to varnish coat it, but in that case the pipe is less natural and it's more risky because of the harmful fumes.

It was a fun project for me, I will surely make more pipes. This one is my second pipe. The first one also turned out quite well.

Thanks for reading!


wulfric (author)2016-06-12

One can use bee's wax to polish, or mineral oil to finish the outside of one's pipe.

johnbarry4283 (author)2015-07-17

Have you ever tried to make your own stem?

phead13 (author)2015-02-26

Were you able to find the wax you would need to finish it??? Cool pipe!!

ElmarsM (author)phead132015-02-28

Yeah, since the time I made this pipe, I have made three more pipes, I found some simple polishing wax good enough to do the job! Thanks!

snoopindaweb (author)2014-10-06

Good instructable and thank You for the stem suggestion. ~:-}

TheForgeMaster (author)2014-09-12

Can you smoke out of this pipe? My grandfather smokes from a pipe, though he doesn't have a nice one. I would like to make one for him. Thanks

ElmarsM (author)TheForgeMaster2014-09-12

Yeah, for sure!! That's why I made it! My uncle smokes one of my makings, he says it's good

pente (author)2014-05-07


ElmarsM (author)pente2014-05-07

Sorry, I don't understand chinese

I translated the Chinese for you LOL what he did or did not mean I have no idea.Possibley he meant it is a well crafted ellegant death delivery device

太厉害啦!>=Too bad it< so sez google translate lol Probably meant That's BAD dude and I agree! nice clear instructions Thank You

Yeah, I dont quite understand... You agree that it's bad, or you like it?

太厉害啦!>=Too bad it< so sez google translate lol Probably meant That's BAD dude and I agree! nice clear instructions Thank You

Ageless Kronos (author)2014-07-14

heres my hand made pipe inspired by you!

ElmarsM (author)Ageless Kronos2014-07-15

wow, that's awsome, is that briar? i love those white stripes :)

Ageless Kronos (author)ElmarsM2014-07-15

Thanks! It's a tiger striped maple I found in ebay it a very dense strong wood

jjmorrison4 (author)2014-06-12

Did you make the black stem part or did you buy it?

ElmarsM (author)jjmorrison42014-06-12

I bought it on ebay, 5pcs for about 20 dollars

jjmorrison4 (author)2014-06-12

Also this is a pretty sweet pipe. Nice job

craftclarity (author)2014-05-21

That is a beautifully-crafted piece. Nice work!

Ronny97 (author)2014-05-12

What size are your drill bits

ElmarsM (author)Ronny972014-05-13

Actually i don't know for the small ones but big one is 22 (european size)

cbrooks02 (author)2014-05-09

Dude, your english is better than most of my friends'. Well done =)

ElmarsM (author)cbrooks022014-05-10

thanks! :D

Greenman2 (author)2014-05-09

Nice pipe

seamster (author)2014-05-06

This looks great. If I smoked, I'd be proud to smoke a handmade pipe like this!

lgilber (author)2014-05-06

Great instructable. Your English is fine.

crosenbaum (author)2014-04-27


ElmarsM (author)crosenbaum2014-04-28

Čau :)

theorganman (author)2014-04-27

A very nice pipe you made there. Tell me, have you smoked with it? and what is your favorite blend? Very impressed!

ElmarsM (author)theorganman2014-04-27

Thanks! Haven't tried pipe smoking yet, but sometime will try

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