I recently purchased a Churchwarden-style pipe, but it has a vulcanite stem/mouthpiece
Not incredibly fancy, but I like it.
I was wondering, does anybody have any experience making pipes?
I'm happy with the bowl, but I would love to make a wooden stem for the pipe.
I have basswood on hand; I know that pipes are generally not made of basswood because it burns fairly easily.
However, would basswood be sufficient for the stem?
If I do make it with basswood, I should be able to use a straightened out, heated wire hanger to burn a hole through the stem.
If, instead, I were to make the stem out of something like ash, would I be able to do this same thing, or would I need to find an incredibly long drill bit?
The pipe is 10.5" long at the moment, and I would like to make the stem at least as long as the current one, and with more of a bend to it.
I know that to bend the wood after I put a hole through it and shape the stem, I'll need to boil or steam it; does anybody have any pointers for doing that?
Thanks in advance for your help!