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This item sold on June 13, 2013.

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Pipe dimensions:

2.4 oz
5 1/16" long
1 1/2 " wide
1 7/8" Bowl hieght
13/16" tobacco chamber diameter
1 1/2" tobacco chamber depth
1/2" tenon diameter
5/32" airway

This pipe comes with a leather handmade drawstring bag.

This is my version of the Vest Pocket. The stem folds in over the bowl so that it will be protected if you carry it in your pocket or backpack. It also has a 1/2" dia. tenon so you don't have to worry about snapping it. The one downfall of this design is that the air hole is actually two holes drilled at a 90 degree angle. The airway is fully 5/32" but to clean it properly you have to remove the plug and run a pipe cleaner down to the tobacco chamber. The plug is made of Delrin rod which is basically unbreakable. The stem will pass a pipe cleaner around the sharp curve and into the pipe. This pipe is made of Tuscan briar and actually has some nice birdseye on both sides. There are some rustication streaks due to a few small surface flaws.

The air hole in the stem is drilled first with a tapered drill bit most of the way and then drilled from the other end with a bit one size bigger than 1/16" , after the tenon is machined on and the stem is shaped the air hole is widened at the bit end with a dremel so that a 5/32" airway is maintained.

I layout the holes and shape on the side of the block. Then I put it on my lathe to drill the holes, mortise and shape some of the pipe if it a standard shape. Most of the shaping is done on a sanding wheel connected to a heavy duty motor. After that I put a piece of Lucite rod on the lathe and drill and shape it to fit the pipe perfectly and snugly, in my experience stems tend to get looser not tighter over time so I machine the tenon to fit very snugly then apply beeswax for lubrication. Then I file and sand the pipe up to 800 or 1000 grit. Next its time to stain and maybe sand and stain again, buff and finish the pipe. I used to finish my pipes and stems with carnauba wax which makes a nice shine but very quickly becomes dull. Then I was talking to Mark Tinsky and he suggested a new kind of finish that lasts much longer and since he said it was a secret of the pro's I won't tell you exactly what it is although it is not a varnish or any kind of water or air tight finish so the pipe can "Breath" if they actually do. Then I do a final buffing and I still finish the stems with carnauba wax, then I sign it and sand any excess stain or buffing compound from inside the tobacco chamber and its done.

Truly Handmade Vest Pocket Briar Tobacco Pipe


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Greek Briar, Lucite rod, various exotic woods
  • Only ships within United States.
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