Hand Carved Tobacco Pipe

I have liked smoking pipes for awhile now, and like the ones that can be found in stores, but I wanted to try carving my own just to have something unique.  I looked up some of how to do it online, but couldn't find much so I had to figure it out on my own.

I didn't take pics of all the steps, but here is the finished product.

I carved the bowl out of juniper and sealed it with a satin clear coat of polyeurethane to protect it from scratches.

I went with the clear to preserve the natural color and grain of the juniper.

The stem came from a pipe shop near where I live. It was an old one that had been laying around for several years from back when they did repair work, so they only charged me $1.25 for it.

I used some of the other pipes that I own as reference material.

For the bowl I made a rounded bit out of a 3/4" spade bit and grinder.

Enjoy, and if you have any questions feel free to ask.

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    6 Discussions


    Reply 4 years ago

    It is holding up just fine. No cracking or any other problems.


    6 years ago

    beeswax would also be a nice substance to use to seal it. And to my knowledge you can also use the beeswax inside of the bowl and it wouldn't cause any health issues, due to the fact it's completely natural.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    did you research if there is any health hazard to using the polyurethane to seal something that will be heated, or did you only seal the outside of the bowl? It looks very nice I like the contrast of the light bowl and dark stem.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I only used it on the outside of the pipe. From what I was able to find online, that is what some other people have used and I wasn't able to find any health risks for it if only used on the outside.