Category Archives: Tobacco Pipes

Making a Tobacco Pipe with Hand Tools: A Preliminary Tutorial

This post is a short tutorial on shaping a pipe from a kit. I have now written a series of more detailed posts, which include drilling and staining, as well as shaping. Start here. When I made my first tobacco … Continue reading

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Two More Pipes

I have made two pipes in the last two weeks. The first is a freehand churchwarden, which was a lot of fun to shape.  The textured top is the natural top of the burl from which briar pipes are made.  … Continue reading

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Recent Pipes

I recently finished my eighth, ninth, and tenth pipes. All the advice for new pipe makers suggests starting with basic, classic forms, so this is my cherrywood billiard.  Pipes like this are usually roughed out on a lathe.  Getting everything … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of Dull Saws

This afternoon, I was reading William Goldring’s The Pipe Book: A History and How to (1973), which briefly recounts the history of each historical type of pipe and explains how to make a similar one using a few, simple tools. … Continue reading

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A Tradition Measured in Decades, Not Centuries

Although tobacco pipes have been used in the Americas time out of mind, the iconic wooden tobacco pipe was developed only in the 1850s, eventually displacing the clay pipes that Europeans had been using since the sixteenth century.  The story … Continue reading

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On Making Prototypes

As I stingy woodworker, I have always privately frowned on prototypes.  From my perspective, they seemed such a waste of time and materials.  After all, if you are an experienced woodworker, why can’t you just make it right the first … Continue reading

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Thinking of Setting Up an Etsy Shop… Opinions?

I keep getting inquiries about the tobacco pipes I’ve been making, and I plan to make more soon.  I am also thinking seriously about opening an Etsy shop to sell some pipes. I really enjoy the work, and while I … Continue reading

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A Few More Tobacco Pipes

Over the last six months, I’ve been asked to make a few more tobacco pipes. These are both made of plateaux briar, which is the highest grade.  I was delighted with the birdseye figure in the churchwarden pipe in the … Continue reading

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