|BB16 Date Added: 8/3/04
Whenever I get my hands on some wood I think might make a smokable pipe, I give it a try. I'd been itching to try some apple since cherry smoked so well. When I was back in Maine earlier this summer, my father-in-law gave me some dry apple he'd saved from a blow down. I have one applewood pipe 'in the field',as it were, and the fellow smoking it has sent glowing reports on the pipes smoking qualities. While the grain is more subdued than briar, it is lovely in it's own way. I especially like the subtle fiddleback running down the front of the bowl and along the bottom. This big apple has a 7/8" diameter tobacco chamber, 1 3/4" deep. The bowl is 2 1/16" tall with 5/8" thick walls, tapering to 3/16" at the rim. Length is 6 5/8". This pipe has an experimental finish. I got some walnut oil for my wood-turning projects, the same oil I use on the pipe holders, and thought I'd try it on a few pipes. After the oil 'cured' for a day, I rubbed on a paste wax that is a blend of carnuba, beeswax, and walnut oil. I used the same oil/wax combination on a few briar pipes, none of which have been smoked yet, so the jury is still out on how this finish will perform under long-term smoking. I'll let you know. included with the pipe are a holder and tamper, both made from the same billet of wood the pipe came out of. This
Grade: Bargain Bin
Weight: 2 1/2 oz
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