How to Make a Homemade Wood Pipe

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How to Make a Homemade Wood Pipe
A carved wooden pipe. (pipe image by Anthony CALVO from

Homemade wood pipes have been a traditional hand craft for generations. Hand carved wooden pipes are often prized possessions. The wood carver often cuts intricate designs into the bowl.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 1-by-3-by-6-inch maple block
  • Drill press
  • 1/16-inch drill bit
  • 1/2-inch drill bit
  • Band saw
  • Carving knife
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Food safe wood finish

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  1. 1

    Draw the outline of a pipe on the 1-by-3-by-6-inch maple block with a pencil. The stem of the pipe should be 4 1/2 inches long and the bowl should be 1 1/2 inches long. Style the pipe as you would like, making as little or as much carving details in the bowl as you wish.

  2. 2

    Drill 1/16-inch hole lengthwise in the centre of the pipe stem using a drill press and 1/16-inch drill bit. Drill a 1/2-by-2 1/4-inch deep hole in the pipe bowl using a 1/2-inch drill bit and a drill press. The two holes should intersect, leaving a passageway for smoke to travel from the bowl through the stem and out the end of the stem.

  3. 3

    Cut along the pencil outline using a band saw to cut out the pipe shape. Refine the lines and overall shape of the pipe with a carving knife. Smaller cuts will avoid taking too much wood of at a time. Slowly the pipe will take shape. Focus on making the bowl completely round. The stem should be rounded. You may wish to leave a broader rounded section at the end of the stem as a mouth-piece.

  4. 4

    Sand the entire surface of the pipe using fine-grit sandpaper. Sand the inside of the pipe bowl using fine-grit sandpaper.

  5. 5

    Apply a food safe finish to the pipe. Allow the finish to dry before using.

Tips and warnings

  • Carve the face of an animal into the pipe bowl to show off your carving skills and make the pipe a work of art.
  • Wear eye protection when working with wood.
  • Always cut away from yourself when carving.

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