I started with one of the many roofing nails that our roofers generously left behind. Then I bought a czech tools. I keep thinking about making a fancy tamper. I wonder if the 7 board feet of hickory I just bought will have some leftovers?
I have two Triumph motorcycles and was thinking about cutting down an old valve to use as a tamper. I can shape the valve head to tamp and taper the stem into a mild stir/shovel tool. Hmm, where did I put that box of old valves....
I've been using the Czech tool, because they were free from Boswell, but just ordered two Brebbia tampers from Pipes&Cigars. $2 and they work wonderfully. Using the Czech tool to clean out the bowl, you have to open like a knife. This is more convenient and the bowl tool seems less prone to damage. I never used the knife thing on the Czech tool. I keep one Brebbia on the patio and the other in my bag. Plus, they are from It-lee!
Cyndi=Genius! Off to the range and I'll have about 200 tampers in production soon!
I have the Czech tool, but I rarely ise it. I have a couple of 16-penny nails that work quite well. I may solder a dime onto the head of one, but right now the .45 thing has got the little hamster wheel in my head turning!
i buy a lot of those cheap foam brushes ($3 a dozen). they have balsa wood dowels for handles. so i just pull the brush head out when i have used the brush for it's polyurethane purpose and shape tampers out of the handles. add some texture wipe on some stain and go. here's the one i have been carrying around for about six months.