Welcome to my world of pipes. On these pages you will see some of what goes on in my workshop. A bit of work-in-progress, mess-ups (they do happen!) and also some other pipe-related posts.
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January 8, 2014

Pipemaking in Lithuania

If you're a pipemaker, you'll find a way to make pipes anywhere. Luckily for me, my father in law is a carpenter by trade, which helps! We are in Lithuania visiting the in-laws for the holidays and I wanted to be able to make some dust while being here.
 I was very surprised (and happy!) to find this machine here in his shop. Its function is actually for mortising. The table you see in the front can move up and down, forward and back and from left to right.
 The three jaw chuck is of course very convenient! With the table moved forward, I can use it for sanding with a disc. I've also tried to drill both stummels and stems with it, just to see, but the speed is unfortunately way too high. There is no specs on the motor, but I reckon rpm must be in the 3000 range. Luckily, like in most woodwork shops, there also is a drillpress, with which I can do the drilling.
 This is a couple of bits and bobs that I brought along. Different sizes and types of rodstock, bits, bamboo, sanding discs, a file or two and of course some blocks.
And here are the first 2 babies that I got going.