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Taking a Poke at it..

February 18, 2009

I’ve been looking round for that perfect little pipe to just put in my pocket and use at work. I’ve seen a few but money is a bit tight right now and I don’t exactly need to rush out and buy a new pipe that may get broken while I am busy at work. I have older pipes and I have pipes that I don’t smoke that often so there is a possibility of choice. However, I did have a block handy and the tools to make something, so this became a weekend project. I wanted to make a poker shaped pipe but without the traditional flat bottom. After all, who wants a sitter in his pocket? Sharp edges and all.

So I got cracking on this…

Poker 002 Poker 006

I posted it at Smokersforums and I got one or two remarks as to what one might call this pipe. There were two I especially liked. “The Pocket Poker” and “Potbellied Poker”. Of the two, I think I would have to go with the former. So here it is then. The pocket poker.

It is 130 mm in length. The chamber is bored at 20 mm and is 35 mm deep. The airway is bored at 4 mm. I was lucky enough to hit bottom dead centre again. Outer dimensions of the bowl; 35 mm at the broadest point and 53 mm high. The stem is acrylic and measures 18 mm across the button.
Not a heavy pipe, it is ideal for clenching between the teeth, which is where it belongs. All in all, I think I achieved what I set out to do. It certainly gets smoked every day and fits nicely into my trouser pocket. It’s also handy for pointing things out with! It sort of lends credence to what one is talking about when you can point your pipe at things.

Oh, by the way, it smokes like a charm!

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