You don’t have to be a bearded wizard from Aman to wield a Gandalf pipe. Follow these steps to make your very own wizard inspired pipe.
Many of us speculate about what Gandalf was smoking in his famous pipe. It was probably Middle Earth’s version of marijuana, after all the White Wizard is often a little goofy. So let’s put the speculation aside and make our very own Gandalf pipe tailored for smoking the ganja. Here’s what you’ll need according to Instructables.
Find yourself a good piece of briar/any fruit wood/or any non-toxic fire resistant wood. Mark out the dimensions and come up with a good template.
The design is as follows: A full block chamber with a small stem going out. It will be hollowed out to leave room for the tobacco. A diagonal hole to insert the stem. Shouldn’t take much time to make a good template.
Use as much as time to plan out the best course of future action. This will come into life in later steps.
Mark the rough shape on the wood and start cutting away the estimate territory.
I would suggest using machinated saws and table grinders to cut and grind. Of course, if you don’t have power tools you can always do the boring, time-taking, old fashioned way of doing it by hand tools.
Here is the part that is amalgamated with trial and error in my mind.
Mark out the first drilling spot and the chamber circle.
Drill and expand the area slowly until you completely hollow the circle.
Drilling a hole through the middle will make it easier to drill and help once you are making the inside holes.
Use the drawing to continue the design step
Go to your back yard, go to a wood area, go to a place where you can find hollow branches.
Cut and bring it back, cut it to size and cut its skin.
Heat a metal rod to red color and clear its hole. The more time you put into this the better the smoke will be. Take your time!
Bend the branch slowly after boring the hole. Make sure that the branch is still alive and wet. Wet it if it’s dried. Slowly bend and avoid harsh maneuvers for it won’t have the tensile strength to defend a strong pull.
You may use a black dye to give is a nice rad color or use the dremel tool to give it a rustication, or you might go ahead and give its grain a lift and make it look classy, or just give it a polish on the polishing wheel and varnish it with oil. You may engrave the images of your choosing or even carve out a face. Who knows?!
For dying, mix liquid leather dye with alcohol and lightly paint it. Take out a lighter and burn the wood and puff to put it out. Repeat about 10 times and finally wet it and leave it overnight.
For rustication, use the round tip of the dremel tool or craft yourself a handy rustication tool from nails and give it a rustic look by giving it notches on the surface. There are very good rustication guides available.
Let us know how your Gandalf pipe turns out. You can post your photos and recommendations on social media and in the comments section below.
Original article and photo(s) credit to: bcelik1 at Instructables.com