- May 11, 2013
Maybe not proof that they breathe, but it's definite proof that pipes can absorb a hell of a lot of water in a short period of time. I took one of my early pipes that I made 2 years ago that I've had hanging on the wall in my pipe cabinet. I tilted the bowl and filled it to the brim with water. This morning, the water level was down by a half inch. The pipe that weighed 63 grams yesterday weighted 67 grams today after drying for an hour. What it does show is that the conversation about Pipemakers who dry wood for 1 year or 10 years is pretty irrelevant. Briar, like any other wood will air dry to ambient moisture at a rate of about 1" per year...and after a couple of years, it won't gain or lose moisture unless you take it from a high humidity area like Florida to a dryer area like Arizona. No real surprise here- when briar cutters boil the briar for 24 hours, it weighs a ton and even after 3 months of drying, the surface can feel cool from the water evaporating...It will be interesting to see how many days it takes to return to the original 64 gram weight....