Smoking Pipe Restoration – Amazing Transformation

Rare BROKEN smoking pipe restoration to the smallest detail. At the end I made a lid and a stand for the restored smoking tobacco pipe. Either you use them or not, definitely check out this incredible transformation.

Smoking pipe restoration
Broken and with tobacco inside.

About The Smoking Pipe

This is a RARE old smoking pipe found in a barn built 1875. I was fortunate to get hands on this wonderful piece of history and make it shiny again. It is hand made out of wood, silver, steel, rubber, fabric, copper and lead/tin. It is in terrible shape, worn, broken and missing lid on the chamber. 

In the video below you can enjoy watching how I restored this smoking pipe!

The Restoration Process

I started by breaking down the smoking pipe. It is not a big item but it took me a while to carefully remove all pieces best I could.

Taking a nail out.
Taking a nail out.
Dirt under the cover
Dirt under the cover

To remove the silver lid ring and the silver shank, I had to heat it up with a blowtorch.

Removing the silver lid ring.
Removing the silver lid ring.
All parts from the smoking pipe.
All parts after disassembling.

On my treadle powered Dremel I easily removed dirt, old tobacco and later on sanded down the wooden parts. Also, I sanded by hand to 800 grit to get that smooth surface. 

Sanding the ¨bowl¨.
Sanding the ¨bowl¨.
Removing a tar on a treadle powered Dremel.
Removing a tar on a treadle powered Dremel.

Next step, I cleaned silver parts with the Dremel and polished them afterwards. Since the lid was missing, I made one out of aluminium. I didn’t have any silver plates unfortunately.

Cutting the circle for a new lid on a treadle powered contour saw.
Cutting the circle for a new lid on a treadle powered contour saw.
I made an opening on the lid.
I made an opening on the lid.

To keep this wonderful smoking pipe displayed, I made a wooden stand to follow the curves and shape of the pipe itself. I used a similar wood as close as possible to the pipe, to get a feeling of complete set.

Making a stand for the smoking pipe.
Making a wooden stand.
Soaking the wooden stand for smoking pipe in tung oil.
Soaking the wooden stand for smoking pipe in tung oil.

I put all parts together, mostly glued with two component epoxy glue and waxed the wood and polished the metal surfaces again.

Restored smoking pipe.
Here is how it looks after restoration.

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111 Comments

  1. Fantástico seu trabalho utilizando equipamentos antigos. Está de parabéns. Saudações do Brasil. From Brazil.

  2. Als Pfeifenraucher muss ich sagen , das ist so ziemlich die ekelhafteste Pfeife die ich je gesehen habe .

  3. Als Pfeifenraucher muss ich sagen , das ist so ziemlich die ekelhafteste Pfeife die ich je gesehen habe .

  4. beautiful work and clearly very skilled. that being said i am pretty sure that several of those products, including that rubber tubing are toxic and should NOT be used for smoking.

  5. beautiful work and clearly very skilled. that being said i am pretty sure that several of those products, including that rubber tubing are toxic and should NOT be used for smoking.

  6. I’m a pipe smoker and love watching pipes restored. This was an amazing restoration. I love that style. Well done.

  7. Brilliant!! The video is not over yet and I jumped to write a comment as soon as I saw your manual driven power tools. This is cool bro, saw something like this for the first time. You got a new subscriber!! Cheers from India!!

  8. Brilliant!! The video is not over yet and I jumped to write a comment as soon as I saw your manual driven power tools. This is cool bro, saw something like this for the first time. You got a new subscriber!! Cheers from India!!

  9. That was a really cool restoration, and it was nice seeing you use all the different tools in the shop!

  10. That was a really cool restoration, and it was nice seeing you use all the different tools in the shop!

  11. Sizi tebrik ediyorum.teknolojik aletler ve kimyasallar kullanmadan harika bir el işçiliği ortaya çıkartmışsınız.başarılar…

  12. Очень похоже на козацкую люльку

  13. Un travail d’orfèvre sans fioritures ni d’interminables et inutiles effets de caméra (ni d’électricité !). Juste une
    superbe restoration réalisée dans les règles de l’art . Félicitations.Cela me rappelle les artisans d’autrefois.

  14. Great work again, thanks. I honestly thought the pipe was made of bone, when you gave the close-up after cleaning it @ 4:55. But you said its wood. WOW. What kind of wood do you think it is? As I would have thought the tobacco could burn through it. Thanks.

  15. Great work again, thanks. I honestly thought the pipe was made of bone, when you gave the close-up after cleaning it @ 4:55. But you said its wood. WOW. What kind of wood do you think it is? As I would have thought the tobacco could burn through it. Thanks.

  16. Nicely done Boris, really enjoyed the video. The dremel serves you well. Just curious, have you measured the rpm if it?

  17. Nicely done Boris, really enjoyed the video. The dremel serves you well. Just curious, have you measured the rpm if it?

  18. Super!! Спасибо за работу!! Привет из России!!!

  19. Dude. Not only is that extremely impressive work, more than that it’s quite literally heartwarming to see what you produce and the methods you use. I remember a little while ago when you asked if you should start to include the use of power tools. So so glad to see you found your own brilliant and inventive way around the issue. Your work is inspirational. A constant reminder of what effort and patience can bring. Bless you brother 🙏. Keep ’em coming! 😎

  20. Dude. Not only is that extremely impressive work, more than that it’s quite literally heartwarming to see what you produce and the methods you use. I remember a little while ago when you asked if you should start to include the use of power tools. So so glad to see you found your own brilliant and inventive way around the issue. Your work is inspirational. A constant reminder of what effort and patience can bring. Bless you brother ??. Keep ’em coming! ??

  21. I really enjoyed this video. You are a skilled craftsman and your videos are well edited and produced. I prefer linseed oil. 100% Tung oil is great but too expensive and labor intensive to get a good comparable finish. Take care 😃👍🏼

  22. I really enjoyed this video. You are a skilled craftsman and your videos are well edited and produced. I prefer linseed oil. 100% Tung oil is great but too expensive and labor intensive to get a good comparable finish. Take care ??????

  23. Excelente trabajo, interesante uso de los nuevos recursos, felicitaciones por el resulto Mr. Boris.

  24. Excelente trabajo, interesante uso de los nuevos recursos, felicitaciones por el resulto Mr. Boris.

  25. Good job, I had a pipe similar to yours except it had a silver chain instead of string.

  26. Good job, I had a pipe similar to yours except it had a silver chain instead of string.

  27. Was it burnt through? That’s why the metal plate at the bottom?

    Really another very nice one!

  28. Was it burnt through? That’s why the metal plate at the bottom?

    Really another very nice one!

  29. Was it burnt through? That’s why the metal plate at the bottom?

    Really another very nice one!

  30. Just came across your video. Nice manual tools. Now to be really authentic turn off your powered lights. I think your intention to be manual tools but powered lights is confusing to me.

  31. Just came across your video. Nice manual tools. Now to be really authentic turn off your powered lights. I think your intention to be manual tools but powered lights is confusing to me.

  32. Just came across your video. Nice manual tools. Now to be really authentic turn off your powered lights. I think your intention to be manual tools but powered lights is confusing to me.

  33. Hey! I’ve never commented on a video of yours, I love your shop and really respect the fact that you don’t use power tools. Also, do you know how old the pipe is and what wood do you think was used for the pipe? Thanks!!!

  34. Hey! I’ve never commented on a video of yours, I love your shop and really respect the fact that you don’t use power tools. Also, do you know how old the pipe is and what wood do you think was used for the pipe? Thanks!!!

  35. Ooooo a pipe restoration this is different and awesome. This is one of the best end results I’ve ever seen far as restorations go. Outstanding!

  36. Ooooo a pipe restoration this is different and awesome. This is one of the best end results I’ve ever seen far as restorations go. Outstanding!

  37. Ooooo a pipe restoration this is different and awesome. This is one of the best end results I’ve ever seen far as restorations go. Outstanding!

  38. Привет мой друг Борис 👋 Таким темпом ты накачаешь ноги 🦵 😊 работа шикарная 👍👍👍 и трубка курительная супер 👌🏽

  39. Привет мой друг Борис 👋 Таким темпом ты накачаешь ноги 🦵 😊 работа шикарная 👍👍👍 и трубка курительная супер 👌🏽

  40. Prezado amigo, seu trabalho de restauração foi excepcional ! Parabéns ! Gostaria de fazer um comentário de um fumante de cachimbos desde de antes do senhor nascer. A madeira do fornilho é um briar. Árvore nativa das costas do mar Mediterrâneo, tanto na Europa quanto na África ( consulte na Internet ) . Usa-se a raiz do briar para se fazer os fornilhos e a única cera que se usa para dar brilho à madeira é a cera de carnaúba originária do nordeste do Brasil. Nada além dela pode ser usado. Nada! A razão desse fato é que quando o fornilho se aquece com a queima do tabaco ela não cheira, qualquer outra coisa produz aroma e interfere no cheiro do tabaco. Isso seria uma heresia à nobre arte dos fumadores de cachimbo. Claro que o senhor não poderia saber disso se não pertencesse á nossa confraria dos fumadores de cachimbo. Grande abraço!

  41. Prezado amigo, seu trabalho de restauração foi excepcional ! Parabéns ! Gostaria de fazer um comentário de um fumante de cachimbos desde de antes do senhor nascer. A madeira do fornilho é um briar. Árvore nativa das costas do mar Mediterrâneo, tanto na Europa quanto na África ( consulte na Internet ) . Usa-se a raiz do briar para se fazer os fornilhos e a única cera que se usa para dar brilho à madeira é a cera de carnaúba originária do nordeste do Brasil. Nada além dela pode ser usado. Nada! A razão desse fato é que quando o fornilho se aquece com a queima do tabaco ela não cheira, qualquer outra coisa produz aroma e interfere no cheiro do tabaco. Isso seria uma heresia à nobre arte dos fumadores de cachimbo. Claro que o senhor não poderia saber disso se não pertencesse á nossa confraria dos fumadores de cachimbo. Grande abraço!

  42. Extremly nice done man!!
    Its so relaxing to watch your videos.
    And i really really like that you use scrap pieces even when you made the stand.

    People always complain and ask..
    Why do you take garbage home..
    Its not GARBAGE i tell them all the time..its really nice pieces of wood..metals etc.

    Please people..reuse and by that save the enviroment..

  43. Extremly nice done man!!
    Its so relaxing to watch your videos.
    And i really really like that you use scrap pieces even when you made the stand.

    People always complain and ask..
    Why do you take garbage home..
    Its not GARBAGE i tell them all the time..its really nice pieces of wood..metals etc.

    Please people..reuse and by that save the enviroment..

  44. Extremly nice done man!!
    Its so relaxing to watch your videos.
    And i really really like that you use scrap pieces even when you made the stand.

    People always complain and ask..
    Why do you take garbage home..
    Its not GARBAGE i tell them all the time..its really nice pieces of wood..metals etc.

    Please people..reuse and by that save the enviroment..

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