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Do You Boil Oak

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  • Started 1 year ago by smokingcricket
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  1. smokingcricket

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    This is my first attempt to craft my own pipe.Do I need to boil the block like briar.

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    I don't know, but I boil potatoes. ha ha:

    pipemakers forum

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  3. craiginthecorn

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    Regular white oak, or petrified bog oak (aka, "morta")? If morta, you're probably sourcing it from someone who's already prepared it for use in a pipe. If regular oak, your guess is probably as good as mine, but my hunch is that the answer is "no". I believe that oak has relatively low levels of sap and resin, which are what boiling is intended to remove.

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    My brother once asked me, “Mark, how do you fix pork chops? Do you boil them?”
    Me- “Well Bob, ...I guess you could “
    Thirty years later he still blames me....!!

    Boil Oak? ....I guess you could!

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  5. workman

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    I'm no expert, but I would at least keep it warm and dry for several months before making a pipe.

    Smoking is one of the leading causes of all statistics.
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    Your new here...we'd like to keep you around a little bit longer.

    I would purchase a block from one of the more reputable vendors rather than take a chance with your health.

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  7. smokingcricket

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    Soooo the warm and dry for several months.Thank you for a serious answer.The blocks of oak I have are a year old and I have kept them in an old tobacco barn.I have fired up the heater once a month to dry them.I did this but then red about boiling the wood.Not wanting to endanger my health I wanted to make sure I didn't see a step.Ill aim any further questions to the mentioned forum.And if I bought a predrillef block I couldn't honestly say I made the whole pipe but only showed it and therefore not a true pipe maker.Thank again.

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  8. rmpeeps

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    You can economically purchase briar blocks from Mark Tinsky at a amsmoke.com or Steve Norse at Vermont Freehand. Other sources could surely be available, but for your first pipe both of these can provide more than adequately. Vermont Freehand has a full selection of tools, bits, stem material, dyes, etc...
    Have fun and create a small masterpiece!

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  9. woodsroad

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    Oak is perfectly fine for pipe making. I have a Mr. Brog pipe made from old oak barrels. Smokes fine, I’m not dead yet.

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    Not necessary to boil. But, you will run a much higher risk of cracking the pipe or burning it out, versus using briar.

    -Ryan Alden
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    Quercus poisoning would shy me away from an oak pipe, but that sort of condition comes from consuming leaves and acorns.

    I like coffee exceedingly.
    - H. P. Lovecraft
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    You didn't mention what kind of oak- there's no problem with White Oak or Live Oak. I wouldn't use Red Oak. I make a lot of pipes in Morta which is a mineralized bog oak and it is definitely more difficult to work with than briar. My best suggestion would be to get a couple of blocks of undrilled briar from Steve Norse- you're going to spend several hours working on the pipe and you'll find it much easier to work than oak. There are enough difficulties in making your first pipe without adding in the added challenge of trying to do it in oak...For shaping, you can start with a 5" disk with 36 grit sandpaper that fits in a drill or on an arbor on a 1725rpm motor. Enjoy!

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  13. chasingembers

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    Enabler!

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    I believe that the OP’s desire is to make a pipe from oak that he already has.

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    I was just giving Zack grief about suggesting other materials and tools.

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    Yeah, I think the desire is to make a pipe from what he has, as opposed to just making a pipe.

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  17. smokingcricket

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    Woodsroad gets it.Just wanted to try it like the guys who didn't have the option of ordering off the net.

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    Just show us progress pics if you decide to go for it. We love that stuff!

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