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TigerJack

Im not a pipe smith by no means.

As the title states I am no pipe smith by any means but I have made 3 pipes , two from Catlinite Stone in which was and is used by Native Americans for there pipes past and present, the wood pipe is Mulberry from a limb in my yard , I was looking at the limb one day and seen the pipe there so I cut the limb and there ya go.

vwdeano

Those look dandy...  Is mulberry one of those that is safe to smoke out of?  I know some woods can cause nasty reactions if smoked out of...
pipesbywhitney

Great start ... that mulberry is first class!
TigerJack

Thanks, Yes Mulberry is safe to smok from. Most all fruit wood is safe such as Cherry, Pear, Plum and so on.
Thelonious Monkfish

Tigerjackshere wrote:
Thanks, Yes Mulberry is safe to smok from. Most all fruit wood is safe such as Cherry, Pear, Plum and so on.

Yes, good rule is if it bears something edible(fruit/nut) it's probably OK, Walnut, Hickory, Cherry, Plum, Mulberry, Oak.. I think Dunhill or somebody made Beech wood pipes during the war too. Native hardwoods are generally safe, mostly it's the exotic stuff to watch for. Not like smoking is "safe" anyway...

On topic, nice lot. The Mulberry looks like a Danish style Ropp with the bark. Question, how did you bore the chambers for the Catlinite pipes? Also is the stem Ash that you burned the pith out of with a hot poker?
ozark southpaw

Nice work !  Mulberry is my second favorite wood to make pipes from!
Piffyr

Reeeally like that mulberry, TJ! I can tell you that you're not not a pipe smith.
Oldredbeard

Piffyr wrote:
Reeeally like that mulberry, TJ! I can tell you that you're not not a pipe smith.


I agree, looks like you did a fine job on those sir.
WayneD

Some cool work all around but, I really like those stone pipes. Nice.
pipesbywhitney

Thelonious Monkfish wrote:
Tigerjackshere wrote:
Thanks, Yes Mulberry is safe to smok from. Most all fruit wood is safe such as Cherry, Pear, Plum and so on.

Yes, good rule is if it bears something edible(fruit/nut) it's probably OK, Walnut, Hickory, Cherry, Plum, Mulberry, Oak.. I think Dunhill or somebody made Beech wood pipes during the war too. Native hardwoods are generally safe, mostly it's the exotic stuff to watch for. Not like smoking is "safe" anyway...

On topic, nice lot. The Mulberry looks like a Danish style Ropp with the bark. Question, how did you bore the chambers for the Catlinite pipes? Also is the stem Ash that you burned the pith out of with a hot poker?


Here's some shots of a commemorative edition of Stanwell's beechwood pipes from World War II:



Oldredbeard

Cool pipes Dave.
TigerJack

Thanks Guys, Monkfish I used regular steel bit to drill the stone as Catlinite is not much harder than soapstone I think soapstone is a 2 on hardness scale and Catlinite is from 3 to 4 , drilled stem with regular bit also.
Epsilon2

Great pipes Sir!
Very intresting the  pipes!😊
Drifter-MT

Hey, all three look grand to me, nicely done!
Thelonious Monkfish

Tigerjackshere wrote:
Thanks Guys, Monkfish I used regular steel bit to drill the stone as Catlinite is not much harder than soapstone I think soapstone is a 2 on hardness scale and Catlinite is from 3 to 4 , drilled stem with regular bit also.

Always took it to be harder for some reason, never worked with it though. I mess around with some lapidary and nothing is more of a pain for me than Aquamarine but Emeralds I like working with and they're both around 8. Feeling less intimidated by the concept now knowing it's softer than Malachite, that stuff will cut and polish almost too quick. Was the stone sourced locally or did you find it online?
Oldbriar

Awesome work!

OB
Oldbriar

Awesome work!

OB
TigerJack

Thelonious Monkfish wrote:
Tigerjackshere wrote:
Thanks Guys, Monkfish I used regular steel bit to drill the stone as Catlinite is not much harder than soapstone I think soapstone is a 2 on hardness scale and Catlinite is from 3 to 4 , drilled stem with regular bit also.

Was the stone sourced locally or did you find it online?

I bought mine on ebay ,but be careful there is some people selling a look alike Catlinite .

Thanks to all .
TigerJack

Catlinite source

Monkfish , Here is a link for Catlinite. http://www.braintanbuffalo.com/pipestone.html
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