About 5 or 6 years ago, I chopped down a black cherry tree to make room for an addition to my house. I cut the wood into foot long logs and stored them to dry for outdoor burning in my fire pit. Much to my chagrine, even after two years drying, they would not burn well. They more or less smoldered. I did some research and found that this is a charactoristic of the wood. The grain is dense, the wood is hard and it is popular with furniture makers. I decided to let them cure for a few more years and then experiment with making pipes.My first test pipe proved to be a good smoker. It broke-in easily, and, when rested properly, has been consistantly good. I remember the old Ropp cherry pipes. They were good enough, but tended to get wet if over smoked The stem, which was made from a separate peice, eventually fell off. I decided to make these pipes with the shank and bowl one peice - the way briar pipes are made. This pipe measures 5 1/2 inches long with a bowl height of 1 1/2 inches. I have lightly stained this pipe. According to research, it should darken quite well over time.
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