Ok I am starting a new project and I need alittle assistance from more knowledgable people. I want to carve a pipe out of wood. I have my design and tools and everything else I need, except for the wood. That is where everyone else comes in. After I finish the pipe I would like to use it from time to time. Relaxing on the porch. So I need some advice on a hardwood that looks great and is non toxic when heated or burnt. If anyone has any ideas or opinions please I urge you to respond i can use all the help I can get. I don't have a thorough knowledge of wood characteristics.
I did a quick search and found most pipes where made of Briar wood, and a few from Mango wood. Both of these are pretty rare but a search on google can find some. Also search ebay for "Briar". THere are many auctions for chuncks of Briar just for carving pipes out of them.
However I seriously doubt that more common cherry or maple could be any worse for ya than the tobacco already is. Your biggest problem might be the wood burning though eventually. But seriously be carefull, Im no expert. There may well be a reason why most pipes are made from Briar.
Note: the first two pictures, top to bottom, show the sample woods I bought to match: mahogany, walnut, oak, the bottom is the side of the table. The remaining 3 pictures are of the wood in question...