Re: make yur own Clay Pipes
- Larry, make sure that you have the piece fully fired ,not just "bisked"! Clay is a living thing,it is by nature full of bacteria which may be killed initially by firing but if it is not fully fired it acts as a medium for more growth. If you are putting biskware in your mouth, it will fill with bacteria as it is pourous. You are only safe (not withstanding the dangers of tobacco), with fully fired non-vitrious clay.
From: Larry Lozon <lalozon@...>
To: Undisclosed.Recipients@... <Undisclosed.Recipients@...>
Date: Monday, August 30, 1999 1:55 PM
Subject: [WarOf1812] make yur own Clay Pipes
Making your own pipe .
I use the clay used by the pot throwers, either the grey or red. Cut a
square chunk and begin rolling it out, but do not put pressure on the
last inch or so. This creates the bowl and stem. Roll it out as long as
you want. Next take a coat hanger, feed it through the end to create the
pipe stem hole. Then I use a metal counter sink tool to clean out the
bowl. Tilt the bowl to your liking and set it aside to dry. The hardest
step is to fire the pipe. My wife has been taking throwing classes so I
work the pipes into her stuff. Fire the pipes only once. I paint the
end with a latex paint, if you do not, your lips tend to stick to the
These clay pipes smoke much cooler and sweeter than the slip poured/white
pipes you typically see.