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scottygod

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A while back I started thinking I would try my hand at making my own pipe. I started with pine (since everyone just has it laying around) and then got some cherrywood and curly maple. I ordered a bunch of MM bits and gave it a go. I don't have a band saw, lathe or sanding wheel so it's all hand drilling, table saw cutting and lots and lots of filing. But I like doing it and I don't think they're terrible.

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SpookedPiper

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Can you taste the wood when you draw? I would think that the lighter woods like pine nights actually burn rather then form a cake?

Either way the shapes are very nice indeed.
 
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I'll take a look at the pipe makers forum. Thanks! I'd seen cherrywood pipes elsewhere and figured it was probably okay. I haven't researched the maple, though I'd also seen maple pipes elsewhere. I know sometimes lumber comes pressure treated with pesticides and these at least don't have that problem. The bottom two are my personal ones and I haven't had any trouble with them. Haven't noticed the wood imparting any particular flavors.
 
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Other than pine, I think those woods might work, if not quite as long and well as briar. Your style is really nifty, rustic yet modern, like high end Danish furniture, and entirely your own. Since 2002, I've bought pipes from a carver who uses briar but also Mountain Laurel, maple, and one pipe I bought in cocobolo (don't use that one, it is a problem, the dust). He is Jerry Perry of Colfax, N.C., and does repair via online, but sells no pipes online. "If I did," he says, "I'd spend all my time taking pictures." I an relate.
 

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