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    Apple-tree Wood Project/First Pipe Project Ever

    Going to attempt to create a pipe from apple tree wood. Any thoughts would help. This will be my very first pipe project and I need all the help I can get.

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    I'm no pipe maker but as a woodworker I know that apple is a safe non-toxic wood to work with for starters and now I'm over and out of this topic.
    "The box with the least amount of matches makes the most noise." MWB

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    Just taking a guess here but I would think the piece of wood you are using should be aged and dry.

    Would like to see pictures of the process as you work on it. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by timgoodwin View Post
    Going to attempt to create a pipe from apple tree wood. Any thoughts would help. This will be my very first pipe project and I need all the help I can get.
    What can one tell you? Just take your time and drill it straight and start shaping.

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    Thanks for the feedback and the vote of confidence. I am a little sketchy on how long a piece of wood should cure, though. The limb I have has been drying for about a year. Is that about right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by timgoodwin View Post
    Thanks for the feedback and the vote of confidence. I am a little sketchy on how long a piece of wood should cure, though. The limb I have has been drying for about a year. Is that about right?
    I'm no wood worker and don't know the characteristics of Apple wood but, if you had a moisture meter to check it would be your best bet I think. That and I think it depends where it has been stored and what your humidity is there and, how dense the wood is. You could try and drill a piece and see if it weeps or if it's moist towards the center. Maybe Bill will have some good knowledge about this.

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    Apple wood is usually a highly desired wood for turners rather than for structural furniture uses. It is also not a commercially available wood. I have no experience using it but the old fart across the street uses it for turning fountain pens and tells me it is serviceable as a 'feature' wood depending on the grain. He tells me that is warps easily if dried incorrectly, that is without breathing air flow space and therefore unreliable for large pieces.

    I imagine you are not interested in the usual way wood is stickered and stacked to air dry with ventilation for larger pieces. Here's a rule of thumb. Wood should be air dried for at least a year per one inch of thickness. If you are in doubt there may be a kiln service close to you that will remove all doubt about how dry it is.

    Now is the heart wood a dark colour or light? I'm told to avoid the light coloured core woods as in older trees it can be very soft.

    The old guy across the street is a lifer wood worker/turner and has been a fountain of knowledge for me. But his demeanor gives new meaning to the term "Old Crab."
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    Can't wait to see the pipe if you decide to make one!
    With kind regards, Bo


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    I know Apple wood is good for smoking......salmon, bacon, cheddar... But seriously Tim, it would be interesting to see a picture of what you are starting with.

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    Begun The Process

    Have begun the pipe. I have decided to whittle it out instead of using mechanical devices. Can't figure out how to insert pictures of the process though, can someone tell me how? Thanks.

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