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Ray in Bangkok

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Oct 28, 2020
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Bangkok, Thailand
I just bought a series of handmade rosewood pipes. I was wondering if it was a good purchase, is rosewood a good wood for handmade pipes. (Kinda of a late question to ask as I already bought 5!)
 

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Lifer
Nov 26, 2018
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And I quote.. "Toxicity. The dust created from sanding rosewood is known to be a sensitizing irritant and can trigger asthma and other respiratory ailments. Continual or heightened exposure can increase sensitivity."
 
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mso489

Lifer
Feb 21, 2013
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Besides the toxicity problem with making rosewood pipes, I think they are down the list in terms of alternate woods from the perspective of durability and suitability. In wood pipes, briar is the all-time champ. Woods that have proven to be acceptable substitutes, sort of the second tier, might include Mountain Laurel and maple. Below them would come olive wood and beech, and rosewood and cocobolo and such would come below that because of toxicity problems and lesser durability. I'm no great authority on this, but after decades of pipe shopping, thats how i size up the issue.

Since you have five rosewood pipes, give them a try. They may fill the bill, and be less stressed in rotation. Just be aware that if you have any respiratory hang-up you didn't have before, you may want to get briar, meerschaum, clay, and/or cobs instead, which are all proven dependable pipe materials.
 

OzPiper

Lifer
Nov 30, 2020
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There are many varieties of wood labelled as "Rosewood"
Not all are necessarily of the same genus.
Some can be toxic. So you need to know exactly what you are getting.

Some rosewoods are endangered species with restrictions on their sale and commercial use.

Unfortunately it is doubtful if you will get the correct information from the pipe maker.
 

PipeIT

Lifer
Nov 14, 2020
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Hawaii
Hmm, he’s in Bangkok, maybe Rosewood is a thing over there... 🤔

Now Olive wood is an alternative that is common, and then there’s corncob.

There’s a Carsten Fischer in Thailand that makes pipes, or use to, and a VaVa Pipe, not sure if this is his business name.

This is his Facebook link. I can see it without needing to be logged into Facebook.

 
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Coreios

Lifer
Sep 23, 2022
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If it's real Rosewood I'd avoid it as many others said some Rosewood is toxic. Briar is the go to wood for pipes. Pear and olive are okay but Briar is king. I doubt theyd sell anything deadly, but it will probably smoke bad. I heard of some saying it made them feel ill.
 
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Briar Tuck

Lifer
Nov 29, 2022
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There are a lot of new pipes for sale coming out of China made of rosewood, pear, or ebony. I have an ebony wood pipe from a Whitluck's kit that I bought on Amazon. It smokes fine and looks decent, but it's also quite heavy. I rarely smoke it since getting into briars, meerschaums and cobs.
 
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Coreios

Lifer
Sep 23, 2022
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Besides any wood...

Let’s not forget Meerschaum... ;)
There are a lot of new pipes for sale coming out of China made of rosewood, pear, or ebony. I have an ebony wood pipe from a Whitluck's kit that I bought on Amazon. It smokes fine and looks decent, but it's also quite heavy. I rarely smoke it since getting into briars, meerschaums and cobs.
I bought some Chinese pipes when I first started. I thought they smoked fine until I got a Briar. But they are heavy as hell. It's a shame because a lot of them are really pretty.