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Thread: Off hand Lathe use: the tobacco pipe

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    Default Off hand Lathe use: the tobacco pipe

    Hey folks, I am the famous originator of the "emergency Go Button" comment.

    Ahhh, no laughs. Ok. tough crowd.

    Well I thought I would share what I do with my little mini... Yes it's an HF.

    I'm a machinist/fabricator/welder by trade and I'm trying to escape, on a day to day basis. That is, I'm always looking to curb my squishy inner artist urges. I have worked a bunch of machines, the last being a Tos w100a in Austria. I have been making smoking pipes for a while as a side job. A very very Side job,

    Here is the evidence...simple, yet effective ...........









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    Beautiful!

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    Very nice work.
    James Kilroy

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    That is not a pipe.

    Very nice smoking devices!

    Did you use the tool in the second picture to bore them?
    And what is the object to the left in the first picture?


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    Thomas

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    nice work!

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    Default Awesome!

    Whoa! Cool. My dad sent me this link, and I immediately thought, I know that pipe. That is his first blast. lol. I saw it on Pipemakers Forum. I really like the Shank/stem transition by the way.

    I have been a member here forever, but I have just recently been thinking of joining Pipemakers forum to further my new hobby. If you don't mind I will post a couple pics of my newest (second) one.

    Another thing, I liked the idea of your tamper so much, I thought I would copy the design if you would be okay with that. In fact I sent my dad a link to the picture a couple days ago because I really like the craftsmanship.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Staubo


    And what is the object to the left in the first picture?


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    Looks to me to be the mouthpiece for said pipe........
    RPease

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    I am going to bump this thread by posting pics... lol


    This is my second attempt at a pipe. I still need to sand it down to 600 grit, and I want to polish and wax it also. My brother has smoked it some (it is a gift for him) and says it is really enjoyable. I like it, but I see a lot of room for improvement.







    As you can see there are a few flaws in the briar, but at this stage in my pipemaking, I don't think that is what I need to worry about too much. Right now it is just a hobby, but who knows where the future will lead.



    P.s.- I really like the Magritte reference, Thomas. lol

    -John
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    I am gonna go ahead and Bump this.


    -John
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    Sorry for the delay in replying, folks....guess I've been in the shop too much lately.

    Thanks for the kind words. The thing in the second photo is a tamper, used to, well, tamp the tobacco down as you smoke. The spoon shaped end is for cleaning out ash after a smoke.

    I grind my drill bits (some spade and some silver and deming) to get a radius at the bottom of the bowl. That briar is some hard wood. I don't think I'd want to try to drill it with a brass tamper.

    And yeah, that is the mouthpiece for the pipe. I took it apart for the picture so you can see the mortise and tenon.

    -------ShedMachinist.....sure you can borrow my design...just don't go getting rich with without writing me into your will. It was quite a bit of work, actually, for a simple tamper, and I don't think there's anyway to make these very profitably. But I'd love to see your take on it.

    -loose




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