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JMcQ

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I've seen pipes made out of a variety of different wood. Are there any wood types that a strict no-no for pipe making? What makes them a poor choice?

As I sit here, I wonder about the wood from a palm tree. Is it good for anything? 🌴
 

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hoosierpipeguy

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As mentioned, there are toxic woods and those that simply aren't hard/dense enough to withstand the heat/flame. Obviously, briar is the predominant choice. I have a couple of Morta pipes that look nice and smoke good. I've been told to steer away from Olive wood because it can get pretty hot. I do like how some of the Olive wood pipes look, pretty wood. I believe strawberry is another wood used. I have one pipe made of Osage Orange, made by Skip Elliot, that is very pretty but gets hot rather easily.
 
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pipestud

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Interesting that you talked about alternative woods used to make pipes. Strawberry wood is actually a type of briar and it's become a really popular one due to its porosity. I was talking to Jeff Gracik just a few days ago on a Zoom meeting thing and he showed us a photo of a pipe he is making of Boxwood, which he says is really hard and porous and believes it will be a good one.

Spanu is now making pipes out of Lemon Wood and while I've never tried one, they look pretty cool.
 

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