how to make a long stemmed pipe

Gandalf’s Pipe!

Introduction: Gandalf’s Pipe!

Gandalf’s Pipe
If you have some spare pipeweed and some tools lying around, make this easy churchwarden pipe and fashion it like a man from the middle earth. You may sew yourself a cape or a robe too to give the full nerd effect. Batteries not included.


  • Fire resistant and nontoxic wood of your choice
  • Nontoxic dyes, this may include leather dye etc.
  • An aluminium or steel rod. Steel is better
  • A branch from your garden. Not uber important about its toxicity. The fumes will only pass through it, absorbing only small moisture. You may find a special wood if you’d like.
  • Polish
  • Dremel (Optional)
  • Saw (Woodworking, about any common kind will do)
  • Grinder (I use a disc grinder and it works just fine. If you have a couple billions lying around make sure you get the best of grinders because it matters to an astronomical degree.
  • A blowtorch. (Optional)
  • A drill

It’s overall an easy project to make. Doesn’t take much time, very useful when it’s finished. Please click the ALL STEPS button to see the construction of said pipe.

Step 1: Safety First.

Using safety equipment will vastly help improve your lifespan. Although some might consider them strictly optional, I don’t personally approve of being a daredevil. Your choice; like he said: to have fingers or not to have fingers, that is the question.


Step 2: Design

Now, here are the few first steps:
Find yourself a good piece of briar/any fruit wood/or any non toxic fire resistant wood. Mark out the dimensions and come up with a good template.

The design is as follows: A full block chamber with a small stem going out. It will be hollowed out to leave room for the tobacco. A diagonal hole to insert the stem. Shouldn’t take much time to make a good template.

Use as much as time to plan out the best course of future action. This will come into life in later steps.

Step 3: Shaping Your Block

Mark the rough shape on the wood and start cutting away the estimate territory.

I would suggest using machinated saws and table grinders to cut and grind. Of course if you don’t have power tools you can always do the boring, time-taking, old fashioned way of doing it by hand tools.

Step 4: Drilling the Chamber

Here is the part that is amalgamated with trial and error in my mind.
Mark out the first drilling spot and the chamber circle.
Drill and expand the area slowly until you completely hollow the circle.
Drilling a hole through the middle will make it easier to drill and help once you are making the inside holes.
Use the drawing to continue the design step

Step 5: Branch for Stem

Go to your back yard, go to a wood area, go to a place where you can find hollow branches.
Cut and bring it back, cut it to size and cut its skin.
Heat a metal rod to red color and clear its hole. The more time you put into this the better the smoke will be. Take your time!
Bend the branch slowly after boring the hole. Make sure that the branch is still alive and wet. Wet it if it’s dried. Slowly bend and avoid harsh maneuvers for it won’t have the tensile strength to defend a strong pull.

Step 6: Final Touches.

You may use a black dye to give is a nice rad color or use the dremel tool to give it a rustication, or you might go ahead and give its grain a lift and make it look classy, or just give it a polish on the polishing wheel and varnish it with oil. You may engrave the images of your choosing or even carve out a face. Who knows?!

For dying, mix liquid leather dye with alcohol and lightly paint it. Take out a lighter and burn the wood and puff to put it out. Repeat about 10 times and finally wet it and leave it overnight.

For rustication, use the round tip of the dremel tool or craft yourself a handy rustication tool from nails and give it a rustic look by giving it notches on the surface. There are very good rustication guides available.

Step 7: Done!

Enjoy your pipe. Thank you for reading. Leave questions if you are stuck or engage in comments for better understanding of the episode. I am not an expert so feel free to ask others too.

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Gandalf's Pipe!: Gandalf's Pipe If you have some spare pipeweed and some tools lying around, make this easy churchwarden pipe and fashion it like a man from the middle earth. You may sew yourself a cape or a robe too to give the full nerd effect. Batteries not incl…

Long Stemmed Wooden Pipe

Introduction: Long Stemmed Wooden Pipe

Ok, so this is not entirely a wood pipe. It’s a stylish wooden pipe with all metal interior pieces to make it more durable and have cleaner smoke.

This is a culmination of ideas I’ve been having for a while about a pipe project, and I’m glad it all came together so easily.

It’s cheap too! Even if you bought all the materials fresh, it would probably be around 10-15$ US.

This pipe is intended for tobacco use, like most long pipes are. Don’t use it for things you shouldn’t smoke, etc, etc. Smoking is bad, don’t start, and lets leave it at that.

I wanted to make a Gandalf-style pipe, but it just didn’t turn out that way, but I still like how it looks.

Step 1: Materials

  • A piece of wood about 1.5 inches long and in diameter. You can use really whatever kind of wood you want, since the wood won’t be burning, but I used walnut.
  • A thin shoot from a pithy-centered tree about half an inch in diameter, maybe a bit more, I also used walnut, It helps tremendously if it is still green. Straight is highly recommended.
  • A 1/4 inch piece of brass or steel tubing. Normally, brass is discouraged for pipes, but in this case it is being used for the stem instead of the bowl, and will not get hot enough to release toxins.
  • A standard 12-gram CO2 cartridge. You can pick these up at a bike shop for refill kits, or in the airguns section at a Walmart or other store. Please disperse the gas safely, either by shooting it in an airgun or by filling a tire with it.
  • Gorilla Glue Wood Glue, found at home centers.

Step 2: Tools

  • Pocket knife- Sharp!
  • Power drill and an assortment of bits
  • Rotary tool, mine’s a Dremel- specifically grinding bits, sanding drums, and cut-of wheels
  • A long thin metal rod, like 1/8 of an inch and two feet long
  • Source of hot flame, plumbers torch or gas burner is ideal
  • pruning shears
  • permanent marker
  • sand paper of varying grits.
  • Olive oil or some other good natural wood finish

Step 3: Trim Down Your Wood

Get your piece of wood and trim off the bark and cambium layer until it is down to the bare wood.

It will become apparent that these layers are a little thicker than they look.

Step 4: Drill and Carve Wood Bowl

Clamp the wood in a vise, and drill about 2/3 down the length of it with a 1/2 inch drill bit.

Then, grab your rotary tool and grind down the interior of the hole so it is a large enough diameter to fit the rounded end of the CO2 cartridge.

The center of your piece of wood may be pithy like mine was, poke it out and forget it, it doesn’t matter really, we can plug it later.

Step 5: Cut, Burn, and Drill Metal Bowl

Grab the CO2 cartridge

Cut the bottom part off as shown. I use a heavy duty tubing cutter, but you can use a cut off wheel on a rotary tool. This steel is very tough, so it will take a while.

Once it’s cut, clean the edge of any burrs with a grinding bit until it is pretty smooth.

These cartridges have zinc coatings on the inside and outside to prevent corrosion, and we don’t want any of that in our pipe, we just want the plain uncoated industrial steel. Take the metal bowl and heat it for a good five minutes in a gas flame, I used a burner on a camp stove. This will burn the coating off. Quench it in water to flash cool it and boil off any grease or char residue.

On the edge of the curved bottom of the bowl, make a few light nicks with a cutting wheel on the surface as shown. This is to create a divot to prevent the drill bit from slipping.

Now, grab a 1/4 inch drill bit and drill the hole. Clean up any burrs with a grinding wheel.

Sit the metal bowl in the wooden one. The rims of the two bowls should line up perfectly. If not, grind out the wooden bowl more, or be prepared to add spacers when you glue it later.

Step 6: Drill Hole in Wood Bowl

Put the metal bowl next to the wood bowl and mark where to drill the holes so that they line up. Make sure to mark the place where the hole will go on the thickest part of the bowl wall.

Grab a 1/4 inch drill bit and drill the hole, make it clean and straight.

Take the 1/4 inch tubing and test pit it into the newly drilled hole, it should fit very snugly, but still be able to be pushed in and out with force. Once you are sure it fits snugly, remove it and set it aside.

I was still roughing the bowl out through these various steps, just follow the directions.

Step 7: Stem

Take your stick, and shave the bark off. Poke a metal rod down the center of the stick, to poke out all the pith.

Now, your stick may not be perfectly straight, but you can make it look a bit straighter by smoothing down the outside edges of the bends in the stick. Be careful not to shave too deep though, the stick is hollow and you may break through to the center. I made this mistake, but I left it there, since it didn’t look horrible, nor did it really affect the strength of the stick.

Now, take your brass tube and stick it into it’s hole in the side of the bowl, until it fits perfectly. Then, mark the depth on the length of the tubing.

Finally, stick the brass tubing down the length of the stick, so only the tubing past the mark is sticking out.

At this point you can glue the tubing into the stick, if it is loose. Mine was very hard to get in there, and got stuck in there, so glue was not needed, nor possible.

Step 8: Final Assembly and Finishing

Step 9: Smoke!

Make sure the inside of the bowl and the stem tube are clear of any debris before you smoke.

Grab some tobacco of your choice and smoke away! I personally don’t smoke, but this was a gift for a friend, and she says it smokes very well.

Enjoy and don’t forget to vote for me.

Anyone who builds one of these and posts the pictures on this Instructable will get a patch from me!

Long Stemmed Wooden Pipe: Ok, so this is not entirely a wood pipe. It's a stylish wooden pipe with all metal interior pieces to make it more durable and have cleaner smoke. This is a culmination of ideas I've been having for a while about a pipe project, and I'm glad it all… ]]>