Pipe smoking is a practice that goes back hundreds of years. Many people associate an air of sophistication with pipe smoking. This may be due to the fact that intellectual characters such as Mark Twain, Albert Einstein and Sherlock Holmes were pipe smokers. Having a smoke at the end of the day can be a relaxing and satisfying experience---it's even more satisfying if you make your own pipe.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
Things you need
- Pipe-making kit
- Carving tool
Buy a pipe-making kit. Pipe-making kits consist of a stem attached to an uncarved block of wood. All the necessary holes have been drilled, so all you have to do is carve the unfinished block.
Choose the material you'd like to work with. If you want to make a wood pipe, you should look for a kit that uses briar wood. This shouldn't be difficult because briar wood is the most common wood used in pipe making. For something different, use a meerschaum kit. Meerschaum is a white mineral that is used in place of wood to form the bowl of the pipe.
Come up with an idea for the final look you want to achieve before you start carving. Draw guidelines on the block of wood or meerschaum to help with carving.
Carve the block. An effective way to do this is to roughly carve out one axis of the pipe and then the other. For example, carve the rough sideways profile of the pipe first and then carve the sides away from top to bottom. After you do this, do some more detailed carving to finish shaping the pipe.
Sand the pipe to smooth out the surface
If you're making a wood pipe, stain the wood to make it look nicer. Use a cloth or a Q-tip to apply the stain to the wood.
Finally, wipe on a wax finish to protect your pipe and give it a nice shine.