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The Churchwarden pipe stem is an important part of the Churchwarden pipe. Having a high-quality Churchwarden pipe stem will affect your smoking experience, so in this blog, we will take you to make a Churchwarden pipe stem.
You must know that the Churchwarden pipe stem takes a very long time, and you need to invest a lot of energy in the production process, so I hope you read our blog carefully before making the pipe stem, which will help you to a great extent . So let’s get our tools ready and start making the Churchwarden pipe stem
What can I make a pipe stem out of?
According to the material, there are two types: most cigarette holders are Vulcanite cigarette holders. This pipe stem is made of natural rubber and is vulcanized.
But in the past 20 or 30 years, some pipe manufacturers began to equip their high-end pipe series with Acrylic cigarette holders. Although the cost is higher, it is not easy to oxidize and fade, which is an advantage that vulcanized hard rubber ( Vulcanite) does not have. On the other hand, synthetic resin has a harder taste, so some pipe smokers prefer the softer vulcanized hard rubber. However, there is a style called Cumberland pipe stem, which is becoming more and more popular in high- end pipe series. They are dark brown in color and dotted with stripes of black, red, and other colors, making them very noble and beautiful.
How do you shape a pipe stem?
There are two popular shapes of pipe stems on the market:
One is Tapered – a simple streamlined shape with straight lines tapering to a sharp point.
One is Saddle – the lines are relatively square for easier bite, and the bottom is “saddle-shaped”.
A pipe stem’s opening primarily comes in two main types: the wide flat bore and the round bore. In some cases, there is a type of pipe stem with twin bores inside, commonly referred to as the “Twin-Bore” design.
In addition, the composition of the pipe stem also includes Mounts: various hoops attached to the mouth of the bucket handle. Although the handle base is a decorative item, it also has a practical purpose: to protect the easily cracked handle opening. The handle base can be made of various base metals, but high-end pipes are usually made of silver, sometimes even gold (the most famous silver handle base is the British brand Ferndown, and Mr. Les Wood himself is a silversmith). The handle base can also be made of animal horns and various semi-precious stones. Here we use the Saddle design to make it. You only need to use a plane and file to start carving the shape of the pipe stem.Just use a plane and file to start carving the shape of the pipe stem. Once the carving is complete, you can start sanding the pipe stem using coarse sandpaper, then gradually transition to finer sandpaper to achieve a smooth surface.
How do you drill a churchwarden pipe stem?
When our Churchwarden pipe stem shape is completed, we need to start drilling. Before starting, you need to prepare a drill press, and then Place the pipe stem blank in a vise or clamp, ensuring it is held firmly and securely. This will prevent any movement during the drilling process.
Then Measure and mark the desired drilling point on the pipe stem blank. Start slowly. This can largely avoid cracks in the Churchwarden pipe stem, so we recommend using a drill speed of 750 rpm.
In addition, we also need to apply a small amount of lubricant on the drill bit. This has the advantage of preventing the drill bit from overheating due to severe friction during drilling, causing the valve stem material to melt and causing production failure.
After everything is completed, you only need to use tools to continue fine polishing, and a beautiful Churchwarden pipe stem is completed.